Pet Bereavement

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 

2nd Sunday of every month

11am- 12:30pm

January 8th

February 12th

March 12th

In-person Sessions at AWA

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043

1st & 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30- 8pm

January 15th, 19th

February 2nd, 16th

March 2nd, 16th

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.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Additional emergency and crisis services include:

Suicide Hotline Numbers by State

Suicide prevention, awareness, and support

Suicide Hotlines

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.

Crisis Text Line

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Text NAMI to 741741

Confidential, free crisis counseling

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)


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

Veterans Crisis Line

The Trevor Project

866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

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

The Trevor Project

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.

Listeners On Call