Pet Loss and Bereavement
Resources for Saying Goodbye
The bond formed between a pet and owner is deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal is often as devastating as the loss of a family member or friend. Below are resources to help you decide when it's time to say goodbye, information on funeral and memorial services, and communities to help you cope.
ArtsWorcester presents Dread Running, a solo exhibition exploring animal euthanasia, pet culture, and human mourning by artist Catherine Smith. The exhibit is open from Thursday, November 10 - Sunday, December 18, 2022. Special panel discussion: Saturday, December 3rd
ArtsWorcester will host a panel discussion with the artist, veterinarian, author, and MVMA member Dr. Karen Fine and Kristin Mullins, Executive Director of the Worcester Animal Rescue League. The galleries open that day at 9:15 AM, and the panel begins at 10:00 AM. All events are open and free to the public.
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When to Say Goodbye
Guide to Writing a Pet Obituary (by MVMA member Dr. Karen Fine)
The Parmenter Foundation (videos, guides, and resources)
Pet Loss Support Page (hotlines, counselors, hospice care, etc.)
Pet Partners (listings of counseling and support services in Massachusetts)
When You Have to Say Goodbye (book by MVMA member, Dr. Monica Mansfield)
The Pet Loss Companion
How to Cope with Losing a Pet (Tufts)
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement