Our pets are often our best friends and dearest family members.
When we experience their loss we can feel overwhelmed by grief or isolated by feelings of emptiness. The human-animal bond runs deep; being able to express one’s feelings and emotions when experiencing a loss is both helpful and healing. Sometimes it just helps to speak to folks who can understand. You, and your feelings of grief matter.
Pet Loss Support Group in Asheville:
Meets: The 1st Wednesday of every month
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Unitarian Church – Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801
For more information, call Christy Gunther, MA LPC at (828) 258-3229.
Pet Loss Grief Support Group in Asheville:
Meets: The 1st Tuesday of every month
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: There is no cost to group participants. Four Seasons Bereavement Support services are made possible by community support and philanthropic donations.
Location: Four Seasons Buncombe County Office, 373 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
For more information on how to support the mission of Four Seasons and this program in particular, please call the Four Seasons Foundation at (828) 692-6178.
"Paws on the Heart" Pet Loss & Grief Support Group in Asheville:
Meets: The 2nd Sunday of each month
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: There is no cost to attend, but donations to help Animal Compassion Network’s rescued dogs and cats are appreciated. Reservations are encouraged but not required. For more information please contact, Cappy Tosetti, volunteer program coordinator: (828) 707-7203. Email.
Location: American Red Cross, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804 (Corner of Merrimon & Edgewood – behind the Atlanta Bread Company)
Facilitating the support group are two avid animal lovers who strongly believe in the importance of honoring the pets in our lives: Rev. Gerry Smith, chaplain at Mission Hospital for 31 years, and Rev. Dan McCurry, retired hospital trauma chaplain interested in music therapies and animal behavior.