About Us

We dedicate this website to the memory of our two beloved “fur-kids”, Jake (a 15-year-old Siberian Husky) and Mazel Tov (a 17-year-old Siamese cat). It was their loss and our subsequent need to heal that caused us to seek out support. Once we had received that support and began to heal, we decided to give back and help others along the same journey.


PetLoss Partners History

Ellie and Sandra Grossman met through their work with the APLB. Their common love of animals and understanding of the human/animal bond led them to form “PetLoss Partners”. PetLoss Partners was created to provide support and education for both grieving pet parents and Veterinary/Animal Care professionals.

Sandra and Ellie are regular guest speakers at the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement conferences and speak at many different conferences and events for pet parents and Veterinary/Animal Care professionals.



250_Ellie-Jake-SquareEllie Freedman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 30 years of clinical experience. She has a private therapy practice in Newport Beach, CA. She is also a Certified Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor and a Host in the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement’s on-line Pet Loss Support chatrooms (www.aplb.org). Ellie found her way to the APLB after losing her 15-year-old Husky, Jake, to old age and its attendant infirmities. Jake had been her baby, best friend, confidante, mentor and, among other important things, the ring-bearer at her wedding. His death had a profound impact on Ellie and led her to re-focus her professional and personal energies towards helping others deal with this often-neglected and misunderstood loss. She now provides individual and group Pet Loss counseling in Newport Beach, CA.

For people in the Orange County Area, please contact:

Ellie Freedman, MFT


(949) 315-5616


250_Sandi-Maz-SquareSandra Grossman’s connection with animals comes from growing up surrounded by pets and getting to learn the lessons they shared with her. She has her Ph.D in Organizational Psychology and spent 20 years working in the business sector. It was the loss of her Siamese cat “Mazel Tov” to lymphoma and her own need to heal that caused her to change career directions and enter the field of Pet Loss Support.  Mazel Tov had been by her side as her best friend for 17 years and seen her through many of life’s challenges, and his loss left a huge hole in her life.  Sandra received her certification as a Pet Loss & Bereavement Counselor from the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and is the  Vice President of the APLB. She also serves as a host for the APLB on their on-line Pet Loss Support chatrooms (www.aplb.org). She currently provides individual as well as group Pet Loss counseling in the Glendale/Burbank, Los Angeles, and South Bay areas. Sandra firmly believes that it was another gift from Maz that guided her to  find her passion of helping others deal with the loss of their beloved pets.

For people in the Glendale/Burbank, Los Angeles, and South Bay area  please contact:

Sandra Grossman, Ph.D


(818) 421-1516