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Pet Loss Grief Support

Sharing feelings in the safe space created by a support group can be among the most powerful healing experiences for people. In addition, many Heaven at Home clients find that memorializing their pet and engaging in a ritual to celebrate what their fur friend meant in their lives helps with healing. For more help with pet loss grief, join The West Michigan Pet Loss Support Group and/or talk to one of our staff for a referral for private grief counseling.

The West Michigan Pet Loss Support Group

What: Companion Animal Loss Grief Support Group is a safe place – online and in person – where those bound by the experience of the impending loss or death (recent or long ago) of a companion animal can come together to share stories, receive validation of feelings and concerns, learn about grief and the mourning process, and reflect upon the meaning of it all.
When: The Companion Animal Loss Grief Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.
Where: Heaven at Home Pet Hospice 1530 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Who: All are welcome.
What to Bring: A picture of your pet (optional), a journal/writing instrument and an open heart.
Registration: Please RSVP with the Group Facilitator, Ginny Mikita, 616.460.0373 or ginny@animalblessings.love, by noon on the day the groupĀ meets.
Cost: While there is no charge, donations to offset costs will be gratefully accepted.
Note: The Pet Loss Grief Support Group does not meet in person during COVID restrictions. The group DOES meet virtually.

Download Our Grief Support Packet

We know this can be a difficult time for you and your family. Please download our Grief Support packet for tips to help you through the early days of grieving the loss of your pet.

The packet includes:

  • Helpful links to pet loss grief support resources
  • Recommended books
  • Tips to help you memorialize your pet
  • Guidance to help children manage pet loss grief.



Additional Grief Resources

Helping Children Cope With Grief Over Pet Loss

In this article, Heaven at Home’s Dr. Laura Tay covers some of the most common questions about discussing pet loss with children.

An Interview with Pet Loss Support Group Facilitator Ginny Mikita

In this article, Ginny Mikita discusses the nuances of pet loss, and why it’s sometimes more difficult to cope with than human loss.