“Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” – Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Pets play a very special role in our lives providing unconditional love, loyalty and companionship. Often for many, many years. We love our pets in the same way we do our other family members and the loss of a pet often invokes the same feelings of loss that we experience when we lose human loved ones.
Emotions that you may experience around the loss of a pet can include depression, confusion, denial and guilt. Golden State Pet Crematorium partners with Good Therapy SF to provide our clients with bereavement support to help cope with these feelings. The clinicians at Good Therapy SF are available to our clients to help you before and after the loss of a pet.
Please reach out by email to: [email protected] and they will contact you to set up a complimentary 15-minute phone call.
In person and video sessions are also available.
Pet Loss Support Groups / Resources
- San Francisco SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
Led by Dr. Cori Bussolari, associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco, groups meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 7:30 PM – 9 PM in the SF SPCA Geraldi Building, located at 250 Florida Street.
- Berkeley East Bay Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
Berkeley Humane was the first organization in the East Bay to start offering pet loss emotional support in 2004. Groups meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley.
- San Mateo: Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
This group meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM and is held at the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, located at 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame.
- Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
Information and chat rooms with professionally trained hosts to support those grieving the loss of a pet.