Grieving the Death of a Pet

A grief support group at Chilliwack Hospice Society that offers a safe, supportive space to share and process grief following the death of a beloved pet.


The death of a pet can provoke immense feelings of loss and grief. Many pet owners grieve quietly and alone, without the support of friends, family and community. For some grieving a pet often doesn’t quantify as a substantial loss, and those grieving are left to feel that their loss is insignificant compared to other deaths. Giving those who are grieving the death of a pet a therapeutic group setting allows for a safe, non-judgmental space to mourn this meaningful death with others who are also suffering.

Program Expectations

  • Our Pet Loss Grief Support Group will be facilitated by university practicum students under the supervision of Jennifer Dacre, Bereavement Services Manager at Chilliwack Hospice Society. Topics will include:
    • Normalizing grief
    • Making room to grieve
    • Self-care
    • The importance of rituals
    • Memorializing your pet
  • The group will meet once weekly for four consecutive weeks, starting February 14, 2024.
  • This group is offered free of cost to adults, ages 18+, in Chilliwack and the surrounding communities. For child and youth programs, click here.

How do I join?

Please call (604) 795-4660 or email Jennifer if you are interested in joining this grief support group or if you would like further information.

Jennifer Dacre
Jennifer DacreBereavement Services Manager
If you are interested in participating in this group or if you would like more information, please call Jennifer at (604) 795-4660.