Grief Support

The heart knows no difference between losing an animal companion and losing a human loved one. There are many resources for people suffering from pet loss bereavement. We will continually update this information as it becomes known to us. The more you share your grief with others the stronger you will become. Take charge of your grief, and your grief work will help you grow in ways you never thought possible. Reach out to the following websites, links, and articles. Keep sharing. Keep healing.

Please feel free to share Paws, Whiskers & Wags’ article on coping with pet bereavement, Grieving the Loss of a Pet. Find inspiration for how to honor the life of your pet with our article on Four Ways to Keep Your Pet’s Memory Alive.

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group

Since 2011, Paws, Whiskers & Wags has been honored to provide our families with a complimentary support group to assist in the grieving process. We now offer a Virtual Pet Loss Support Group with bi-monthly sessions via Zoom to allow for better accessibility for all the families we serve in Georgia and North Carolina. There are currently 15 spots available per session, and you must RSVP to reserve a space. To RSVP for an upcoming session, please click on the “RSVP for Pet Loss Support Group” button at the top of this page, select the event date you wish to attend, and enter the information to reserve your space. Support Group dates are the First Tuesday of the Month (7pm – 8:15pm) and the Third Tuesday of the Month (4pm – 5:15pm).

Our Pet Loss Support Group is moderated by Heather Kotler, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, who graduated from the University of Georgia – Athens. She has 14 years of counseling experience and specializes in grief, personal trauma, anxiety and family therapy. Heather currently has an 8-year-old dog named Olive and a crested gecko lizard. 

Our Pet Loss Support Group sessions are held on the First & Third Tuesday of each Month.

Recommended Pet Loss Support Resources

Hearts Connected
Hearts Connected is an organization that helps children cope, grieve, and heal. Their Child Life Professionals are certified, clinically trained, and use resources that are developmentally and psychologically appropriate for children from birth through young adulthood. If your child is struggling after the loss of a pet, contact Hearts Connected directly for more information. Mention Paws, Whiskers & Wags, and receive a 10% discount off counseling services. 

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
The website contains a wealth of information and resources designed to help those who are coping with pet loss, including scheduled Chat Rooms.

Animals In Our Hearts
This website provides information, comfort, and support for anyone coping with or anticipating the loss of a pet. It includes useful articles, recommended reading lists, inspirational poetry, and categorized links to dozens of other helpful resources.