Grieving the Death of a Pet

A new 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

  • Grieving the Death of a Pet Support Group will be facilitated by Catherine Farrell, a CHS practicum student from Kelowna College of Professional Counselling, and Jen Dacre, Palliative and Bereavement Services Manager at Chilliwack Hospice Society.
  • Initially, the group will meet once weekly for four consecutive weeks, starting September 16, 2021.
  • 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?

Adhering to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we are only able to accept a limited number of participants. Please call (604) 795-4660 if you are interested in joining this grief support group or if you would like further information.

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