Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die...



We all know that we will have to face the loss of a pet at some point. How do you prepare for that? What do you do when that time comes? Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is here to help you make the difficult decision of when is the right time to say good bye.

Making the right Choice for your Pet

There comes a time for every pet owner when choices have to be made for the welfare of the pet. The ending of the life of a beloved pet and companion is a difficult decision for everyone. It is hard to know exactly when to take that final step, so please talk to our veterinarians about it when the time approaches. We’re the veterinary hospital Northern Michigan trusts, so ask us any questions you might have about the process.

Discussing Your Options

If this is your first time dealing with the loss of a pet you’ll want to talk to someone who has experience with it. Our veterinarians and staff are here to help you through this time of loss. Feel free to discuss your feelings and fears with us. The end of a pet’s life, is difficult and we understand. We will offer as many options as possible to help you make the best choice for your pet.

Pain Management for Your Pet

If you’d like to make your pet’s dreams come true, feel free to ask about the pet pain management Traverse City pet lovers have come to love. Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital offers state-of the-art pain management options for your pet. For cases such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, hock and joint pain, neurological back pain, wound management and more, there many non-invasive options to help your pet become pain free. We will be happy to discuss these options with you specific to your pet. Please feel free to give us a call to schedule your pet’s pain assessment consultation.

As the veterinary hospital Traverse City relies on for pet care needs we have people in place to give advice, provide pain management to give your pet a longer happier life, and to educate you on the best health care options for your pet.


Pet Loss Hotlines:

MI Pet Loss Support Hotline: (517)432-2696

  Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30-9:30pm ET

Companion Animal Related Emotions (C.A.R.E.): (877)394-CARE (2273)


Pet Loss Counselors:

Traverse City: Kim Trever,
Ingress-Personal Psychiatry Services: (231)930-4689

  Munson Hospice-To learn more about services offered, contact
Dr. Barbara McIntyre,Coordinator of Art Therapy Services, or
Patti Amalfitano, MSW, Bereavement Coordinator at
(231)935-6520 or 1-800-252-2065

Pet Loss Support Groups

East Lansing: MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital,
Pet Loss Support Group-meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
Free to attend.
For more information call or email: (517)432-5967,

Additional Pet Loss Resources