Pet Loss Support

Read OVC Pet Trust's Pet Loss Support Guides

Coping with the Loss of a Pet: A Support Guide for Pet Owners 

Download your FREE copy of OVC Pet Trust's Coping with the Loss of a Pet. 

Preparing for the Loss of a Pet: A Support Guide for Pet Owners 



Helping Children with the Loss of a Pet: A Support Guide for Pet Owners 

Ask your veterinarian for your FREE print copy, or contact the OVC Pet Trust team.


Meet Sarah Bernardi, OVC Clinical Counsellor

Sarah Bernardi RSW, MSW

Sarah is the full-time clinical counsellor at the OVC Health Sciences Centre. Sarah knows that the loss, or anticipated loss, of a companion animal is often accompanied by complex feelings of uncertainty and grief. She has a deep understanding of the human-animal bond and is here to support pet owners through this journey.

Clinical Counselling Services include:

  • Advocating for you as you navigate difficult decisions regarding your animal’s health.
  • Short-term counselling for discussions around pet loss, quality of life and any other challenges you may experience.
  • Connecting you with the appropriate resources for any further support you feel you require.

Connect with Sarah
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday

Please note: Clinical counselling services are provided to owners who have received or are receiving services at the OVC.

Additional Pet Loss Resources

Online Communities

Rainbow Bridge - A Pet Loss Grief Support Community 

Chance's Spot: Pet Loss and Grief Support 

Letters to Pushkin

Smiling Blue Skies 

Online Grief / Bereavement Resources

Coping with the Loss of a Pet 

Pacific Animal Therapy Society

The Ohio State University: Honoring the Bond 

Pets At Peace 

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement 

Everlife Memorials: Pet Loss Resources for Grieving Pet Owners 

The Power of Pets: Healing Tools 

Helen Goldberg - Pet Loss Counselling


Pet Loss Support Groups (Ontario, Canada)

Pet Loss Canada 

Ontario Pet Loss 

Canada Pet Loss Resources 

Halton/Peel Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Support Group of Ottawa 



Pet Loss Book List

The Riedel & Cody Fund: Great Books

Pragmatic Mom: Top 10 Books for Kids