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Grief Support

Peninsula and South Bay Support Groups

SAGE Pet Caregiver Support Group

  • Our partners at SAGE offer a free Pet Caregiver Support Group. The group facilitator is veterinary social worker Chelsey Nisbet, MSW, ASW.

  • The group offers a safe place for individuals and families to express their feelings and talk about their experiences related to the care of a pet who is receiving ongoing treatment for any illness, or for those who have experienced the loss of a pet. This group takes an open discussion format, with no set program or agenda. Some find it helpful to attend every month, while others come just once. Each family’s journey with an ill pet is uniquely personal and all are supported. Register to attend a session today!  

  • The group meets VIRTUALLY on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7 pm-8:30 pm & IN PERSON on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10 am-11:30 am at SAGE Campbell. You must register online for each session you would like to attend. The web conferencing call-in details for that specific session date will be emailed to you the week and the morning of the Support Group Session you

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Peninsula Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group

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Grief Support Literature

Helpful Books for Adults

  • The Loss of a Pet by Dr. Wallace Sife

  • Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty J. Carmack

  • Coping with Sorrow: On the Loss of your Pet by Moira K. Anderson M ed. 

  • The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman

Helpful Books for Children

  • When a Pet Dies by Fred Rodgers

  • The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst 

  • Ida, Always by Caron Levis

  • Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas

  • The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

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Online Resources

Online Support

Additional Grief Support Documents from SAGE's Veterinary Social Work Program