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FAQ: Pet Loss Support and Grief
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  • Pet Loss Support
  • Learning to Love Again
  • Online Pet Loss Support Resources

    Rabbit specific:

    Learning to Love Again
    an article by Amy Berg on opening one's heart after a rabbit has died

    Pet Loss Support for your Rabbit
    an HRJ article by Marinell Harriman on providing support to the surviving partner

    Alabama EARS Rainbow Bridge
    a page dedicated to rabbits who have gone over to the Rainbow Bridge

    Bunspace Rainbow Bridge Forum
    Bunspace's discussion forum for rabbits who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge

    Memorial Pages
    Links to bunnies with their own memorial page websites

    Products that may help with your grief

    Memorial Gallery Pets, a company that makes memorial jewelry for pet owners, has just created two new rabbit memorial necklaces. With the purchase of an up eared rabbit or lop eared cremation jewelry pendant, a percentage of profits are donated to HRS. Be sure to enter HRS in the order notes so that HRS gets a donation from your purchase.

    LuLu Pure Soy Candles are hand-crafted and hand-poured using only simple ingredients. Rainbow Bridge Candles are also available, and can be personalized with poem printed on seeded paper, which can be planted to further memorialize your loving pet. The little bunny on our logo symbolizes all things organic, sustainable and fertile. For us at LuLu, she symbolizes the hope that everyone can help nurture and protect the environment and all living things, regardless of the size of your mission or the size of your inner-bunny! A percentage of profits are donated to HRS.

    Pet Honoring Memorials are kits that allow you to create your own pet memorial and your own honoring ceremony. Honoring Ceremonies are designed to ease transition, elevate love and understanding and celebrate life.

    General pet grief:

     Rainbow Bridge
     Collection of links to pet grief FAQs.
    Info on the Tufts Pet Loss Hotline

    Phone Support

    Many veterinary Schools Sponsor pet loss support hotlines (grief counseling.) Here is a listing of hotlines we are aware of:
    • 916-752-4200 - Staffed by University of California-Davis veterinary students; weekdays, 6:30-9:30 pm, Pacific time

    • 904-392-4700 then dial 1 and 4080 - Staffed by University of Florida veterinary students; weekdays, 7-9 pm, Eastern time

    • 517-432-2696 - Staffed by Michigan State University veterinary students; Tuesday to Thursday, 6:30-9:30 pm, Eastern time

    • 708-603-3994 - Staffed by Chicago VMA veterinarians and staff. Leave voice-mail message; calls will be returned 7-9 pm, Central Time (Long distance calls will be returned collect)

    • 504-231-8038 - Staffed by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Tuesday, Thursday, 6-9 pm, Eastern time

    Pet Loss Support Counselors

    Ann Beyke M.A., L.P.C. (Albuquerque) 505-265-3087 or Ms. Beyke has trained with Dr. Wallace Sife, author of The Loss of a Pet and founder of the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement.

    The Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains provides free phone counseling to bereaved pet owners. Each Chaplain works independently to serve people and animals in need. To find Animal Chaplains in your area, go to Animal and click on "clergy list."

    Pet Loss Support Groups

    Peninsula Humane Society (in San Mateo, CA) offers a pet loss support group meeting at 7:00-8:30pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month. For information, contact Malu Trehan at 650/340-7022 ext. 344 or visit

    Bittersweet Animal Hospice & Grief Recovery, 2620 Northgate Mall, San Rafael, CA 415-760-9462 Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30pm

    The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 9th Street, Berkeley, CA 510-845-7735 Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7-8:30pm

    Animal Care Center, 6470 Redwood Dr., Rohnert Park, CA 707-527-2788 Meets on Mondays, 6:30-7:30

    SFSPCA, 243 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 415-554-3050 Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9pm

    The Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group, Brookdale Lodge @ Paulin Creek, 2375 Range Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 707-527-9330 Meets Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15pm


    Here's a book that many people have found useful.

    When Only the Love Remains
    by Emily Margaret Stuparyk

    This 240 paged hardcover book is the author's journey though the grief following the sudden and untimely death of her precious pet rabbit, Poochie. Her writing helped her recover from her death, is a memorial to her glorious life, and is already helping others to deal with their grief upon the death of a beloved pet friend.

    More Info on Purchasing Online...

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