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...

Counselling can help

Our aim at Pets and People is to help connect pet owners with qualified and experienced grief and bereavement counsellors who are ready and willing to support people in this difficult time.

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

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.


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.

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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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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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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