Pet Bereavement

Healing Together

At AWA we recognize and respect how hard it is to lose a beloved animal companion. We understand the feelings of emptiness and grief, as well as how alone and heartbroken many loving pet parents feel when their pet passes. AWA’s Pet Loss Support Group provides a safe, welcoming, and compassionate space for people to share their emotions surrounding their grief. Our certified Pet Bereavement specialist will help provide an environment to share your stories and celebrate your pet’s life with others who have experienced a similar loss.

Here are some tips to help while grieving

AWA will be hosting virtual and in-person sessions. Each session is 90 minutes long and will hold up to 10 people. Because this is a group session if only 1 person signs up for a session, the session will be cancelled.

There is a suggested donation of $5 to register for the session.

Virtual Zoom Sessions 

Sunday, September 11th at 11am

Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm

Sunday, October 9th at 11am

Tuesday, October 25th at 7pm

Sunday, November 13th at 11am

Tuesday, November 22nd at 7pm

Sunday, December 11th at 11am

Tuesday, December 27th at 7pm

In-person Sessions at AWA

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043

Thursday, September 1st at 6:00pm

Thursday, October 6th at 6:00pm

Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00pm

Thursday, December 1st at 6:00pm

The Animal Welfare Association disclaims any and all legal liability for anything that takes place in these online video groups or in house visits, or as a result of them. The service we offer is intended to be short term. If you do not accept our guidance, or are unable to do so, we will suggest that you seek psychological counseling by a licensed professional. Despite the highly trained and experienced supervision, our virtual support and in house visits are not a replacement for mental health counseling. All legal liability is disclaimed. Your submission of this form is considered acknowledgement of the above statement.


The loss of an animal companion can lead to challenging emotional responses that warrant professional mental health support which is beyond the scope and training of the Animal Welfare Association’s staff. While we are here to provide compassionate grief support, we are unable to appropriately evaluate human mental health concerns and do not provide mental health counseling. Our Pet Loss Support Group is not intended to directly support or provide a substitute for definitive mental health care, especially in a crisis. We may be able to help you find pet loss support resources in your area, but we cannot provide referrals to specific mental health services.

If you or someone you’re concerned about is depressed, unable to cope, or having thoughts of self-harm or harming others, IMMEDIATELY call 911 for local emergency service, or call:

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline


24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress. Prevention and crisis resources.


Additional emergency and crisis services include:

Suicide Hotline Numbers by State

Suicide prevention, awareness, and support


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds from the Crisis Text Line’s secure online platform.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Text NAMI to 741741

Confidential, free crisis counseling


Call 211 to get immediate, expert help and also to find on-going local support.


Veterans Crisis Line

988 ext.1

24/7 service for veterans and their loved ones


The Trevor Project

866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

24/7 crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ people


Listeners on Call

Connect anyone, anywhere, anytime with someone who has a related personal experience and is ready to listen. Visit their site for pricing information and to download their app.