Pet Loss Support Group

The death of a beloved pet can be devastating, and for some people, the grief can be more intense than human loss. Often pet loss is disenfranchised, whereby not everyone can understand the depths of grief which surface for our companion friends.

HSTT is launching a Pet Loss Support Group, to help grieving pet parents cope with the anticipated loss or the death of their furry friend. In a supportive, understanding, format, participants can share and explore their difficult and sad feelings, in the comfort and safety of a private group. It has been shown that group support can aid in the healing of loss, as pet parents learn coping strategies to manage and tolerate their grief.

The HSTT Pet Loss Support Group is open to all adults 18 years and older.
***Due to COVID-19, group meetings are conducted over Zoom, and will be facilitated by our local grief counselor, Bonnie Goodman, MA, CT.

The groups are free of charge, and will be limited to 6 people. Reservations are required, as is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Donations to HSTT are welcomed and appreciated. Meetings are 1.5 hours long, offered twice a month.

Meetings will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 7-8:30pm. The first meeting will start on November 18th. To reserve a spot, please email: Erin Ellis, Community Engagement Director, at

The group is intended for pet parents who are coping with the following:
* The recent loss of a pet
* Those still mourning their loss beyond 6 months
* The anticipation of their pet’s death

These groups are specifically designed for pet loss support only, and in no way will psychotherapy of any kind be offered. If psychotherapy is indicated, referrals will be given.

Bonnie Goodman’s Background:
Bonnie has over 25 years of counseling experience, and is professionally trained and certified in Pet Loss and Bereavement. She is also nationally Board Certified as a Thanatologist-Grief Counselor/Educator. For further information about Bonnie, you can view her website: