Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery

Grief Support and Counseling

Hillside MarkerAt the MSPCA's Hillside Acre and Nevins Farm, we are committed to providing you with the personal attention and empathy that is needed to ease the sorrowful experience of losing a beloved pet.  In addition to our staff's diligent response to your needs, we can further assist you with grief support and guidance.  We offer the services of our consultant, whose professional background has specialized in advising adults and families, at times of crises, illness, and loss.  Individual telephone consultations, as well as a two-session group program, conducted here in Methuen, are available to enhance your coping with the range of emotions that are experienced with end-of-life caregiving and bereavement. 

For the past thirty years, Jane N. Nathanson, LCSW, LRC, CRC has been assisting individuals and families at times of crisis, illness, and loss, as well as having extensive personal and professional experience related to human-animal health and welfare. The MSPCA-Angell is no longer able to fund this program, but encourages pet owners to contact Ms. Nathanson.

For more information, visit www.petlifeandloss.com or call Ms. Nathanson directly at (617) 325-4828. You can also email her at jnncnslt@verizon.net.

To request our brochure "Coping with your Pet's Illness, Injury, or Death," please call us at (978) 685-0632.

For parents seeking to help their children cope with a pet's loss, resources are available that may be helpful for the entire family. Click here for information and suggestions on how to help your child who is grieving the death of a pet companion.