Losing a pet is never easy.

Having grieved over many dear loved ones ourselves, we truly understand how difficult the grieving process can be. In this section we list a variety options for grief and bereavement support and counseling. Because everyone's needs and beliefs are so vastly different, we try to offer as many different types of options as we can. We hope that you will find something of value that will help you to move through your own personal process of grieving.

We wish you deep healing and peace of heart,

The Peternity Family

Pet Loss Resources

  • Companion Animal Association
  • The Grief Recovery Institute
  • Chance's Spot Pet Loss and Support Resources
  • Pet Loss Support
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Inc.
  • Cornell Pet Loss Support Hotline

International Candle Ceremony

On Monday evenings all across the globe, candles are lit in memory of our pets. It is a very healing ritual with no adherence to any religion or creed, just a simple lighting of candles to bring us all together. All of the tribute pets are honored as well as special needs pets and abused and neglected animals. The Candle Ceremony is not done on-line. Each of us lights our candles in our own way, and privately, but since we share a common love and since most of us do light them at the same time, we are joined in love and in spirit.

Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, Bereavement Counselor

As both a bereaved parent and a bereaved child, Marty Tousley has focused her practice on issues of grief, loss and transition for more than 40 years. She joined Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ as a Bereavement Counselor in 1996, and now serves as moderator for its online Grief Healing Discussion Groups.

A frequent contributor to healthcare journals, newsletters, books and magazines, she has authored a number of books, booklets, articles and online e-mail courses addressing various aspects of loss and grief. With her special interest in grief and the human-animal bond, she facilitated a pet loss support group for bereaved animal lovers in Phoenix for 15 years, and now serves as consultant to the Pet Loss Support Group at Hospice of the Valley and to the Halton-Peel Pet Loss Support Group in Ontario, Canada. Her own Grief Healing Website, offers information, comfort and support to anyone who is anticipating or mourning the loss of a loved one, whether a person or a cherished companion animal.

She is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology (Death, Dying and Bereavement) by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Practice by the American Nurses Association

Please feel free to email Marty directly email Mary directly. Marty is located in AZ and MI.

Claire Chew, MA, member ADEC, APLB, ADEC, AHVMA

Claire is a certified bereavement facilitator with a masters degree in spiritual psychology, trained in pet loss and bereavement counseling.

"We are dedicated to your healing process. We understand this journey has many layers...it is personal time to reflect on the memories, the loss, to heal. It is your unique experience. We are not here to tell you that we know exactly what you are experiencing with the loss of your pet. We acknowledge that bottom line, this IS hard. We are here to lovingly support you, listen, hold a sacred space for you to openly talk, cry, laugh, as grief travels the journey of time into acceptance."

Services offered:
One-on-one bereavement facilitation via phone
Visitations available in Los Angeles area by appointment, rates vary with travel
Assistance with transition of the pet

Assistance with burials/memorials


One-on-one bereavement facilitation via phone sessions last approximately 60 minutes. This package includes an in loving memory pet sympathy kit. $100.00

Individual services to be determined during time of service

For appointments and more information, please call 310.314.9837 or at email Claire. Claire is located in
Los Angeles, CA.

Paula Brown, Animal Communicator

Nancy has been a licensed Clincal Social Worker for over 16 years. Her areas of expertise, include, among many others, grieving over the loss of loved ones. Nancy is herself a pet lover and has personally experienced the pain of losing a beloved pet.

Nancy only works with her patients in person.

You can reach Nancy at via email or call 949.510.9423. Nancy is located in Irvine, CA.

Individual services to be determined during time of service

For appointments and more information, please call 310.314.9837 or at email Claire.
Claire is located in Los Angeles, CA.

Note: These listings are provided as a complimentary service for visitors to Peternity.com. We do screen and interview all listees,
but we do not personally endorse any individuals or organizations listed.