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I cannot emphasize enough how important the pet loss hotlines were to me when I needed them. The actual link that I used was this one from our pet loss message board:
The first listed on there from the U of Tennessee offers four 1 hour free phone sessions from a licensed animal grief social worker. Her name is Serena. I took advantage of that. Have multiple losses? You can have 4 sessions for each animal! (At least you could last time I spoke to her albeit it was maybe a year ago.) 

The second place I used was here:
This place was helpful too before my Emerald died. I was hysterical that I knew I would be losing her. The lady that started this is named Catherine. When I used her free service, she was the only person that manned the phones. They also have schedule online chats that are moderated.

All of the above numbers are free and you can call as often as you wish and even more than one place in the course of a day. Also don't hesitate to call a regular hotline. Contrary to popular belief you don't have to be on the verge of taking your life to call one. Being in emotional turmoil in general is perfectly fine.  Just google crisis hotlines. This one is called I think the National Suicide Hotline but they even say in their recording when you call that you don't have to be suicidal. Here's the number: Call 1-800-273-8255 I called several times to hotlines in general after midnight as I was very upset!

People have asked me "What do I say when I call?". I have told them to just start talking as the people are trained to take calls of an emotional nature. But if you don't feel comfortable doing that you can say "I learned about you from the pet loss message board and I thought I would call".  That goes for the pet loss hotlines too. They will take over from there.

Take care,
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