Virtual Pet Loss Grief Support Group

Are you grieving the loss of a beloved pet? Do you find yourself struggling to cope with the overwhelming emotions of loss?

We understand the deep bond between humans and their animal companions, and we’re here to offer support. Our virtual pet loss support group provides a safe and compassionate space for individuals to share their experiences and connect with others who understand.

Whether you’ve recently lost a pet or are still struggling after some time, you are welcome to join us.

This ongoing group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, beginning on May 15th on Zoom. Since this is an ongoing group, you can join us on any date.

There is no fee to attend this support group, but donations are welcome.

To sign up, please email Jessica at: [email protected].


Rev. Jessica Johansson, M.Div. (Sacred Journey End-of-Life Services)
Interfaith Minister, Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula

Dr. Krista Wood (Empathy Vet Care)
Palliative/Hospice Veterinarian

Carla DrakeUnderkoffler, M.Ed. (Rainbow Lotus)
Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula

watercolor pets

Dates in 2024

5/15, 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 8/7, 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18

About Pet Loss Grief

Pet loss grief is a unique and deeply personal experience that is often misunderstood or overlooked by those who haven’t experienced it themselves. This type of grief is considered a form of disenfranchised grief, meaning that it may not receive the same level of recognition or support as other forms of loss, such as the death of a human family member or friend.

One reason for this lack of recognition is the societal perception that pets are “just animals” and therefore not deserving of the same level of mourning as humans. However, for many people, pets are cherished members of the family, and their loss can be just as profound and devastating as losing a human loved one.

As a result, individuals grieving the loss of a pet may find it challenging to seek and receive support from others. They may encounter well-meaning but dismissive comments from friends or family members who don’t understand the depth of their grief. This can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and even guilt for mourning the loss of a pet so deeply.

Furthermore, the lack of understanding surrounding pet loss grief can make it difficult for individuals to find appropriate resources or support groups where they feel understood and accepted. Traditional grief support services may not always address the unique needs of pet owners, leaving them feeling marginalized in their grief.

It’s essential to recognize that pet loss grief is valid and deserving of compassion and support. By acknowledging the disenfranchised nature of this grief and creating spaces where individuals can openly express their emotions without judgment, we can help validate the experiences of those who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet.

This is why we have come together to create this support group. You deserve to mourn your pet’s loss in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment.

"Pets are not just animals, they are gifts to us that bring love and joy to our lives."