Pet Loss Support

Coping with the loss of a companion animal

The death of an animal companion can be a devastating loss. Anyone that considers their pet a friend, companion or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. Adults, children and other pets in the family may each have their own unique difficulties in coping.

Looking for Help?

Below are some resources to help you cope with the loss of your beloved family member.

​Local Pet Loss Support Group

Unitarian Church – Jefferson House​ ​23 Edwin Place, Asheville​.
Meets monthly – first Wed 6:00 p.m Individual counseling also available.
For more information please contact, Christy Gunther, MA LPC at: ​(828) 258-3229

Chaplain – Jerry Smith
(828) 230-0288​[email protected]

Chaplain – Dan McCurry
(828) 777-2219​ ​[email protected]

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Books to Help With Pet Loss:

Goodbye, Friend
By Gary Kowalski

Journey Through Pet Loss
By D. Antinori

Goodbye My Friend
By Herb and Mary Montgomery

Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love
By Lorri A. Greene, Ph.D

Grieving the Death of a Pet
By Betty Carmack

Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide
By Julia Harris

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
By Gary Kurz

When Only the Love Remains
By Emily Margaret Stuparyk

Dog Heaven/Cat Heaven
By Cynthia Ryland


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