*PICK UP THE PHONE: *
The Pet Loss Support Hotline
(517-432-2696) is a non-profit program provided by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University http://cvm.msu.edu/. Established in 1994, students are trained in conjunction with a professional grief counselor to provide a nonjudgmental outlet for people to express their feelings and concerns. The hotline is staffed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:30pm. However, callers can leave a message during off-times and someone will call them back during the hotline hours.
*ONLINE HELP: *
If you prefer the anonymity and/or convenience of the Internet, there are many sites available to help you with your grief. Message boards, chat rooms, personal stories and poems are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few helpful links:
* Pet Loss Grief Support Website http://petloss.com/ : Includes a 24-hour chat room, message boards, a Monday night candle ceremony, and a lot of additional resources.
* Best Friends Network
http://network.bestfriends.org/groups/phs/default.aspx : A social networking site that offers support through forums, blogs, articles, as well as a Monday night candle ceremony.
* Lightening Strike Pet Loss Support http://www.lightning-strike.com/ : Includes a pet loss forum and chat room, as well as a listing of additional resources.