Navigating Loss: A Guide to Resourceful Materials for Pet Grief Support in Australia

Aug 9, 2023
Losing a beloved pet is a profound experience filled with complex emotions. As we explored in our previous post, "Grieving Together," community and empathy play crucial roles in healing. However, understanding grief and finding appropriate resources can be challenging. That's where we at Angel Ashes Pet Cremations & Memorials hope to assist.

In Australia, a growing network of support and resourceful materials is available for those grieving the loss of a pet. Here's our guide to finding comfort, knowledge, and community through various channels.

1. Books and Literature

A well-curated selection of books and literature can provide insight and comfort. Consider these titles:

  • "The Loss of a Pet" by Wallace Sife, Ph.D.
    Available on Amazon

  • "When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing" by Alan D. Wolfelt
    Available on Amazon

  • "Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet" by Gary Kowalski
    Available on Amazon

  • "Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort After Losing Your Pet" by Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson
    Available on Amazon

Local libraries and bookstores may carry these and other relevant titles.

2. Counselling & Online Resources

Several websites offer resources, articles, and forums to support pet owners during this difficult time. 

  • Pet Loss Counsellors: Many professional counsellors in Australia specialise in pet loss and can provide personalised care. Reach out to your local mental health services for recommendations.
  • The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) provides specialised support and resources for those dealing with loss, including pet bereavement. Visit their website at to learn more about their compassionate services.

  • Griefline Community & Family Services offers telephone and online support to those experiencing grief and loss. More information on their caring and confidential services can be found at

  • RUOK?: An organisation encouraging people to stay connected and have meaningful conversations. If you're struggling with grief, sometimes a simple conversation with a friend or family member can make a difference. Learn more about their resources at

3. Support Groups

Have you ever felt alone on your journey through grief? With Support Groups, you don't have to be. Imagine a nurturing space where others know precisely what you're going through and where you can share love, loss, and understanding. Picture yourself in a gentle environment, surrounded by caring people, where you can find healing and remembrance. It's a place of solace where shared experiences bring comfort during a tender and delicate time in your life.

If you need help figuring out where to begin, don't worry; we're here to help. Contact your local mental health services for guidance, or join our group. It's a community filled with empathy and support waiting to welcome you. Please think of us as a beacon of light when needed. We truly understand what you're going through and are here for you every step of the way.

  • Angel Ashes' Facebook Pet Loss Support Group: An online community for shared understanding and encouragement. Please note that while our support group aims to provide a compassionate space for connection and empathy, it is not a substitute for professional help. We are not qualified counsellors or mental health professionals, and we encourage seeking professional assistance if needed.

    Join here

4. Angel Ashes' Products and Keepsakes

Do you find yourself longing for something special to keep the memory of your cherished pet alive? Please take a moment to explore our hand-crafted memorial items. Each piece is lovingly designed to capture the essence of your pet's spirit. From elegant pet urns to artful ashes transformed into glass, keepsake decor, and so much more – our shop is filled with tangible reminders of the unconditional love you shared.

We invite you to visit us and find the perfect tribute to honour your furry companion's life and legacy. 

Visit Memorial Store 

5. National Support Helplines

In addition to localised support, several national helplines are at your service, offering compassionate care and professional guidance:

  • Lifeline: A national charity that provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. You can reach them at 13 11 14 or visit Lifeline's website.

  • Kids Helpline: A valuable resource for young people seeking support, Kids Helpline offers confidential counselling for children and teenagers 24/7. They're just a phone call away at 1800 55 1800, or you can explore more on their website.

These organisations are here to help, whether you need someone to talk to or more structured support. Don't hesitate to reach out; someone who understands is always there to listen.

A Compassionate Journey Together

The journey through grief may be solitary, but the resources and support available are vast. In Australia, whether you find solace in books, online forums, professional counselling, or community events, there are pathways to healing tailored to your needs.

At Angel Ashes, we assist and guide you with sincerity and empathy. Your pet's memory deserves honour and respect, and we're committed to providing resourceful materials that reflect this sentiment.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance on memorial products and general support related to our services. While we can't replace professional grief counselling or mental health support, we can assist you with available options and keepsakes through Angel Ashes.

We value your trust and are committed to accompanying you during this significant time.



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