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What do I do next...

When your pet dies, you may not know what to do next.  You may even have a friend that their pet passes and you're not sure what to say. 

Click on the Articles you wish to read.  They are also in printable format.

  1. The Moment After Your Pet Dies
  2. Pet Loss and Children
  3. Natural and normal Grief Responses
  4. Helping Others Through Grief
  5. The Stages of Grief
  6. Looking at Loss as Transition and Change

All articles are written by Shaun O'Keefe, a Licensed Counselor and educator here in Madison.  Shaun is also Memorial Pet Services Grief Support group facilitator. 

You can help by supporting the Pet Loss Resource Center (PLRC)

The PLRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that supports the pet community in south central Wisconsin. Companion pets are vital members of the family and this resource center can only do so much without more help. If you are able to help, financial donations is what we currently need to continue to help our community and maybe even yourself.


Next Pet Loss Meeting

Date:Monday June 18th, 2018
Time:6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:Memorial Pet Services
4319 Twin Valley Road, Suite 15
Middleton, WI 53562
Facilitator:    Shaun O'Keefe (Click here to meet Shaun)
Price:FREE



Future Dates:
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
 - Memorial Pet Services 4319 Twin Valley Rd. Ste 15 Middleton, WI 53562 608-836-7297
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
 - Memorial Pet Services 4319 Twin Valley Rd. Ste 15 Middleton, WI 53562 608-836-7297
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
 - Memorial Pet Services 4319 Twin Valley Rd. Ste 15 Middleton, WI 53562 608-836-7297

Dear Susan, Mark, and the rest of your staff, 

I wanted to thank you for today's service and care of my dog Jack. His passing this past Monday night was very sudden and scary for him and for me. The jarring memories I have of that night were of him in pain and sadness laying on a stretcher at the emergency vet hospital, and my having to make a heart wrenching decision. Being able to have time with him in your viewing room today allowed me to experience some much better final memories of him, seeing him calm and at rest in a comfortable surrounding. Obviously my hurt is deep, but I'm glad that you allowed me to be with him until the final moments to see him off. Thank you Mark for kindly encouraging me to pet Jack one last time. All of you were very nice, and I certainly felt your sincere understanding of my loss. I wish you the best as you continue to bring closure and peace to more pet owners. 

With warm regards, Robert Birnschein

- Robert Birnschein

My cat Abby was put to sleep on 3/19/2018 and my vet Dr.Lisa of Paws&Claws took her to Memorial Pet. When I got Abby back on 3/22/2018, I could tell they treated her with love and respect; she was in a nice container that was in a gift bag like a present, I laughed because that's where I would find Abby hiding from her brother in a paper grocery bag. I want thank the folks at Memorial Pet for that last sweet memory of my Abby Girl. You did a great job!!!!! When it's Dusty's turn (that's Abby's) brother he will be taken to Memorial Pet-he loves paper bags too!!!!

- Dawn Olson