Pet Bereavement Groups

Veterinary Specialty Center Pet Loss Support Group
VSC has multiple no-cost support groups for people who have lost pets. These groups are run by a licensed mental health professional. Please contact John Mysz , LCSW, VSW for more information. (847) 499-5776 or

Wings – Pet Loss Support Group
The CVMA provides a Pet Loss Support Group called Wings.
100 Tower Drive, Suite 234, Burr Ridge.

Working Through Pet Loss
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers this free group program.
157 W. Grand Ave. Chicago (Free parking is available in our parking garage located on Wells St)

Online Resources

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement provides a multitude of resources, to help someone through understanding their emotions regarding the loss of their pet.
The Pet Loss Support Page offers online resources, including local websites and information related to the loss of a pet.

Pet Loss Helplines 

Pet Loss Helpline & Support Group
Staffed by Chicago Veterinary Medical Association veterinarians and staff. Leave a voicemail message and calls will be returned
(630) 325-1600

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline
The Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline is offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Messages are returned, usually within 24 hours
(217) 244-CARE (2273)

Pet Loss Counselors

Phone: (872) 216-0255

Dr. Linda Harper
Phone: (708) 227-5330