Losing a pet is never easy.  Having grieved over many fur-babies ourselves, we truly understand how difficult the grieving process can be.  We have extensively researched, toured, used and spoke to all of the companies listed below.  Since everyone’s needs and beliefs are so vastly different, we try to offer as many different types of options.  We hope that you will find something of value that will help you to move through your own personal process of grieving.

We wish you deep healing and peace of heart,

The Pawsitive Pet Family

Pet Crematory and Cemetery

Faithful Companion
Faithful Companion’s service does not just provide pet cremation. Their family is dedicated to helping all families find closure in a very difficult time.

They treat your pet with the same dignity and respect that all family members deserve. Whatever your needs may be, their experience and service will help you through a difficult time in your life.

4900 Fernlee Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Phone: 248-453-7500

Whispering Pines
At Whispering Pines, the client always comes first.  They constantly strive to exceed client expectations.  Their caring Staff will assist you in making choices that fulfill your needs, whether you chose a private burial, private cremation or combination of the two.

Whispering Pines was designed for low maintenance, so lawns are kept clean and the flower beds maintained.  Whispering Pines staff hope you find their cemetery a peaceful final resting place for your beloved pet.

943 Wray Court
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198
Phone: 734-320-0363 (Dee) OR 734-547-0083 (Tom)

Pet Trust Attorney



Have you ever considered what would happen to your beloved pets when you pass?  It is becoming more and more common that special arrangements be made for our four-legged babies before we die.

Known as a pet care trust or animal trust, this legal document provides for continued care and maintenance of domesticated pets. You will be assured that your dogs and cats will be taken care of for their entire life.

Pet care trusts can offer concerned owners peace of mind that their companions will receive continued care. If you would like to provide for your pets as part of your overall estate plan, or as a stand-alone document, please contact pet trust attorney Dylan Duvall or (248) 595-8617.

26211 Central Park Blvd., Ste. 514
Southfield, Michigan 48076
Phone: (248) 595-8617

Licensed Pet Grief Counselors

Deepwater Counseling

Deepwater Counseling
Jennifer Blough is the owner of Deepwater Counseling and has a passion for working with shy, introverted, and highly sensitive people, as well as caregivers and first responders.  She believes the key to successful counseling involves a collaborative relationship between the counselor and client, built on honesty, trust, and acceptance, and she offers a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment that promotes hope and healing for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, culture, or sexual orientation.

Her approach is client-centered with elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, compassion-focused therapy, and ecotherapy. Jennifer offers counseling in person, online, and outdoors (walk and talk therapy).

Education, Certifications, and Licenses

MA Counseling Psychology, National University
Certificate in Pet Loss Grief Recovery, American Academy of Grief Counseling
Certificate in Compassion Fatigue, Traumatology Institute
Certificate in Compassion Fatigue Therapy, Green Cross
Counselor – LPC

Professional Memberships

Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association
Michigan Counseling Association
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

2046 Washtenaw
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Phone: 734- 203-0183

Pet Bereavement Counselors

Colleen O’Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups.  Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling.  C?lleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.

302 N Huron St
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Phone: 734- 635-0872

Pet Loss Support Groups

Huron Valley Humane Society

Huron Valley Humane Society

If you are struggling with end of life decisions or if you have already lost a pet, HSHV provides a Pet Loss Support Group so that you can connect with other people who are trying to manage at this difficult time.  We urge you to consider attending one of the sessions.  The group is open to the public, drop-ins are welcome, and meetings are typically held every third Sunday of the month at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (check the calendar for up-to-date information).  The sessions are facilitated by Colleen O’Brien of Blue Dog Counseling.

The classes are being held in the HSHV Conference Room from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, and are open to the public.  A minimum donation of $10 per session is suggested but pre-registration is not required.

3100 Cherry Hill Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Phone: 734- 662-4365

Beyond the Paw Print
Whether sudden or the result of a lengthy illness, the passing of a beloved animal companion may leave us overwhelmed with grief.  In fact, the loss of my beloved feline children, Pablo and Nellie, in 2008, exactly one month apart, took my breath away…followed by the death of Isabella several months later, I didn’t know where to turn for help with my grief.  Fearing judgment, I grieved privately.  This sense of isolation and the desire to connect with like minded individuals led me to create a support group for those grieving the death of beloved animal companions.  From the very first Beyond the Paw Print Pet Loss Support group meeting in March 2009, I have had the privilege of meeting hundreds of like minded individuals.  As a result of attending BTPP meetings, attendees have learned that their grief is legitimate, and that reconciliation and healing are indeed possible. 

Orchard United Methodist Church
30450 Farmington Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-1939
Phone: 248-701-2345

Meets on the second Monday of every month, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come early — from 6:30 p.m. onward — to peruse the Beyond the Paw Print Resource Tables.  Please e-mail or telephone to pre-register. Last minute reservations accepted.  Free of charge.

Facilitators: Chaplain Micky Golden Moore, communication and grief support consultant; and non-denominational hospital chaplain.

Beyond the Paw Print Support Group has no religious affiliation or connection to Orchard UMC, where the meetings are held.