Online Grief Support
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
A nonprofit association of volunteers experienced in the subject of pet loss. The online chat rooms are free of charge and available to anyone bereaving a beloved pet. Membership is not required.
Argus Institute Counseling and Support Services
The Argus Institute provides free grief counseling relating to pet loss and support to those making end-of-life decisions for their pets. Founded in 1984, their unique program is one of the longest standing, most comprehensive programs of its kind. Their clinical counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult decisions regarding their pets’ health and help them manage the challenges of caring for a sick animal.
Local support groups
Pet Rest of Charleston
The Pet Loss Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Come to their office to find a comfortable space to gather with folks who are experiencing similar grief.
Local Mental Health Professional
Trish Jeffrey, MBA, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
EAGALA Certified Equine Assisted Therapist
Children and Grieving
Pet loss can be a sad and confusing time for younger children. Please consider the following books to either prepare or explain the loss of a loved pet. Though this is not a comprehensive list these resources have personally proven to be helpful in starting a conversation and explaining pet loss. Click here
It is vital for you to understand your pet’s condition, the treatment options, and the signs to watch for as the disease progresses. The following links are informational tools to help you know what the future may hold for your pet. Use them as a quick reference at home and call your veterinarian or LCPH at (843) 640-9755 if you have concerns about your pet.