Providing Dignified and Compassionate aftercare Services Since 1962

Grief Resources

The Hug Club at San Diego Pet Memorial Park
Saturdays 3 – 4 pm 
8995 Crestmar Point
San Diego CA 92121

If you are…

  • Feeling lost without your pet
  • Wondering what to tell your child about the loss of a pet
  • Finding that family and friends fail to understand or attempt to minimize your loss
  • Wondering if it is too soon to get another pet
  • Still grieving for a pet you had some time ago
  • Considering euthanasia

…then the weekly Hug Club Pet Loss Support Group may help. Losing your companion animal can be an extremely difficult and painful experience, and we offer a caring, compassionate understanding of your loss.

The Hug Club Pet Loss Support Group is open to everyone ages 10 and up and is appropriate for those who have recently lost a pet, are still mourning an old loss, are anticipating the death of a pet or are preparing for euthanasia.

You may only have the energy to listen as we talk about the roller coaster of feelings and emotions you may be experiencing after your pet has passed over the rainbow bridge…that is ok. It takes a village to heal a heart and one of the realities of going through this brutal time is that you will meet people you wouldn’t have met in any other circumstance. It is in these human connections, healing will come, in time.  Please bring a picture of your beloved pet to the session.

San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group :

Meets twice monthly. Evening and weekend sessions are available. Call (619) 299-7012, extension 2311 for more information or to make a reservation. See their calendar here »

Please bring a picture of your beloved pet to the session.  There are no fees for the San Diego Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group. General donations are greatly appreciated to support their valuable services.

El Cajon Pet Loss Support Group

Sessions are held Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and are led by Dr. Carolyne Joseph,  clinical psychologist, at 1177 Greenfield Dr. Ste. B, El Cajon, CA 92021. Please call 619.334.0708 to make a reservation.


University of California Pet Loss Support Hotline
(800) 565-1526
Monday to Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm

San Diego Access & Crisis Hotline
Available 24 Hours

Grief Counselors

Pet Loss Support & Grief Counseling
Melanie Gale MA, LMHC, NCC

Michael Burke, Psychologist

Dr. Carolyne Joseph, Psychologist

Additional Resources:
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
The Delta Society
Grief Healing
Open to Hope
Pet Loss Grief Support
California Veterinary Medical Association
Pet Loss Support Page
Pet Loss – American Humane Association


Saying Good-bye to the Pet You Love, Lorri Greene, PhD and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, 2002.
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, Moira Anderson, Peregrine Press, 1994.
The Human-Animal Bond and Grief, Laurel Lagoni, Carolyn Butler and Suzanne Hetts, W.B. Saunders and Company, 1994.
Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet, Myrna Milani, DVM, Prima Publishing, 1988.
Oh Where Has My Pet Gone?: A Pet Loss Memory Book, Ages 3-103, Sally Sibbitt, B. Libby Press, 1991.
The Loss of a Pet, Wallace Sife, Howell Books, 1998.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst, Athenum, 1971.
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White, Harper Junior, 1952.
Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies, Nechama Liss-Levinson, PhD and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskett, SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2007.
Golden Angels: Lessons in Love and Loss from Buddy Girl and Daisy May, Stephanie Weaver, Braver Endeavor Publishing, 2013.
Love Crosses Over, Elizabeth Allen, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

These lists and links are provided as a service to the community and do not necessarily include all pet loss resources. Pet Memorial Park is not affiliated with these organizations and does not take responsibility for the content therein.