Unfortunately, the grief of losing of a pet is often the most misunderstood.

Family and friends often mean well, but can sometimes dismiss your pain and dis­tress...

But help is at hand...

At Pets and People we connect pet owners with grief and bereavement support services, including counsellors and organisations who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.

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Pets & People - Our Partners & Friends

Support Services

Dr Michael O'Donoghue has curated this list of counselling and support centres, ranging from those able to offer free help or accept donations through to premium services that are available for those in need.

A Fond Farewell

This page also includes related organisations who are dedicated to helping you come to terms with your recent loss, and give you the opportunity to honour your pets memory and give them the send off they deserve.

All partners have had their pricing identified according to one of the following tags:

  • Free of Charge
  • Contributions / Donations
  • Premium Service
  • Tiered - Free & Premium options

Please find this information on the profile page of each organisation.

24/7 Pet Loss Support hotline

Thanks to a Pets & People initiative, grieving animal lovers can now call a national hotline to be connected with a qualified and experienced counsellor who can help them cope with their loss. […]

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Absent Companion and Adversity Wellbeing Services

Absent Companion and Adversity Wellbeing Services (ACAWS) is a no-charge phone counselling line for grieving or distressed individuals, attended to by qualified counsellors registered with the Australian Counselling Association with additional grief training. […]

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Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

  The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Counselling and Support Service, provides a Victorian statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death […]

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Beyond Blue

Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, pregnancy, pet, job or way of life. The more significant the loss, the […]

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Lifeline Australia

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services.  13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support […]

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Rainbow Paws Memorials

Faithful friends deserve the best. RainbowPaws allows you to create a lasting memorial by transforming ashes from a pet cremation into new life through infusion into a living plant. Keep […]

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