Pet Loss Support

The Animal Companion Bereavement Group

When we take an animal into our lives, we generally do not contemplate their loss or how it can devastate us with the sudden heartache of living without them. Unfortunately, when we bring these beautiful creatures into our lives, we will outlive them and often, struggle with moving forward without them.

The Animal Companion Bereavement Group is the Capital District’s first support group of its kind, created out of the necessity to grieve the deaths of our family with fur. We have been gathering for meetings since early 2012 in a supportive atmosphere with like-minded individuals who need to share the pain of losing our friends, service animals, and companions.

If you’re like us, your pets have become family members and with this sudden loss, many of the people in your life may not understand the devastation you are experiencing. Many friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and loved ones are sincere and supportive, however, can sometimes without meaning to, negatively comment that “just get another dog, cat, bird, horse, etc…” will solve the problem. It’s not that simple. Your heartache of losing them is real and the pain unfair.

Animal Companion Bereavement Group offers a supportive, judgment-free environment where we gather to discuss the losses, share the stories, link resources, and encourage the idea that these companions cannot be replaced, however, over time, healing and recovery from pain strengthens best when you are not alone.  The group meets the first Thursday of every month and is led by Estelle Giles-Monroe, MSW, LCSW-R. If it feels too daunting or intimidating to sit with others at this time, individual therapy sessions are available.

UVS Animal Companion Bereavement Group
First Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM
Capital District Behavioral Health
20 Century Hill Drive, Suite 202
Latham, NY 12110

Contact Upstate Veterinary Specialties today to register for the next group session. You can call us at (518) 783-3198 or email us at You can also find more information including print and electronic resources at and on our Animal Companion Bereavement Group’s Facebook page

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