Pet Loss and Grief Support Group is now coming to Animal Hospital of North Asheville

Losing a pet friend and companion can be heartbreaking. Whether it is a sudden or planned goodbye, it is an emotional time.  We understand the strength and specialness of the animal – human bond. On the first and third Monday of each month, we are hosting a Pet Loss Grief Support Group presented by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. This group is for anyone who is grieving the loss of an animal companion and needs further support.

We want to welcome Kathy Link, a licensed clinical social worker at Four Seasons. Four Seasons provides a continuum of care across eleven counties in Western North Carolina, including Buncombe County. They provide care navigation, home care, palliative care, hospice care, community bereavement support, and clinical research. Kathy is very excited to be the first facilitator of the newly formed Four Seasons Pet Loss Grief Support Group in Buncombe County. She is supported by an entire team of community bereavement professionals including other licensed clinical social workers, chaplains, and music therapists.

Like many of us, Kathy has been touched by the loss of a canine companion and found a passion in helping families with their grief.

When I was going back to school to become a social worker, my beloved 16 year old Shih-Tzu passed away after a sudden illness. Her name was Bailey. I’ll never forget the struggle of attempting to attend classes while grieving the loss of my pet. And I’ll never forget the professor who told me through my weeping apologies of what I thought to be inappropriate tears at an inappropriate place that grieving the loss of a pet is one of the most difficult processes that people go through in our culture, and that when we lose our pets, we need the same level of support – and sometimes even more – as when we lose a human. I am truly honored to provide that support to my community.   - Kathy

Four Seasons Pet Loss Grief Support Group

  • Who:     Anyone who has lost a pet and is grieving and needs further support. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be an AHNA client to attend. Please do not bring pets to the grief support meetings.
  • What:    Four Seasons Pet Loss Grief Support Group
  • When:   The first and third Monday of every month from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Where:  Animal Hospital of North Asheville, 1 Beaverdam Rd, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Why:     Because your feelings of grief matter, and our pets are our family
  • Cost:     There is no cost to group participants. Four Seasons Bereavement Support services are made possible by community support and philanthropic donations. For more information on how to support the mission of Four Seasons and this program in particular, please call the Four Seasons Foundation at 828.513.2440.

January Dates:

January 15th

February Dates:

February 5th and 19th

March Dates:

March 5th and 19th

April Dates:

April 2nd and 16th

May Dates:

May 7th and 21st

June Dates:

June 4th and 18th

July Dates:

July 2nd and July 16th

August Dates:

August 20th

September Dates:

No meeting on September 3rd due to the Labor Day holiday

September 17th

October Dates:

October 1st and 15th

November Dates:

November 5th and 19th

December Dates:

December 3rd and 17th


Having such a support group will be most welcome. When I lost my furbaby, Valytyne, also a Shih Tzu, eleven years ago, I searched so hard to find a support group. Yes, I finally found one, but not without exhaustion doing so. One shouldn't have to go through such an experience when they're grieving. Both of my current precious furchildren are getting up in years. I don't want to have to ever go through that experience again. Thank you for bringing this support group to AHNA.

If there is ever an opportunity to have this group in the afternoon on a weekend, I would be very interested. I lost two dogs and two cats last year, and no one really understands how painful this is. I can't drive at night to attend an evening group. Just a thought, as maybe there are other people who don't drive at night, either.