Losing a pet is an incredibly difficult time. No matter what you are experiencing after the loss of your pet, you are not alone in your loss. Our veterinarians, technicians and support staff have all experienced the lost of a beloved pet, and we have compiled this list of resources we know and trust to help you. We’re also here to provide support in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help.


This is a list of resources we trust: books, online tools, support groups and hotlines to help you and your families get through the loss of your family member.

General Resources

University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center: http://vhc.missouri.edu/pet-loss-support/
For meeting dates or information about support services, contact Francesca Tocco, MSW, at
573-823-9405 or CVMGriefSupport@missouri.edu.

Lap of Love General Resources: a nationwide database of pet loss support groups, distance therapy, books, articles and other resources

Pet Loss Hotline

Lap of Love Pet Loss Bereavement and Support Hotline  7 am -11 pm EST 7 days a week
(855) 352-LOVE (5683)

Local Support Groups

Baue Pet Loss Support Group: First Monday of every month

Paws Forever Pet Loss Support Group: First Saturday of every month

Local Specialists

Chris Corrigan Mendez, M.Ed., LPC, NCC: http://ccmcounseling.vpweb.com/

Alison White, Licensed Social Worker: https://wellnessalley.com/

For Kids
Children often grieve differently than adults when it comes to the loss of a pet.
Check out websites and books recommended below, or ask one of our veterinarians for additional information.


Lap of Love Resources for Children: https://www.lapoflove.com/community/Pet-Loss-Support/Children-and-Pets-Grief-Resources

OSU’s Helping Children Cope fact sheet: https://bit.ly/2E3cAXc

A Rainbow Bridge for Gus by Barbara Bareis Rigabar and Chris Sharp 

When You Have to Say Goodbye: Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet 
by Monica MansfieldPets leave pawprints on our hearts, and touch our lives in ways humans cannot. Please accept our sympathies on the loss of your pet, and don’t hesitate to reach out if there is any way we can make this experience easier for you and your family.




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