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Web Resources for Coping with Pet Loss


These grief support books may help you or a friend prepare for the loss of a pet or be a comfort after a pet has passed away. Books that might be especially good for children are noted.  

The first few books make excellent gifts for friends who have lost a pet.


oconnor.gif (13213 bytes) In Remembrance of a Special Cat A Collection of Inspirational Writings  I have this book and it would be an excellent gift for someone who has lost a cat. stars5.gif (240 bytes)
kosins.gif (10530 bytes) Maya's First Rose: Diary of a Very Special Love Kosin's deeply moving tribute to the dog he loves for 18 wonderful years. I have this book and it was a very moving story of dedication and love. It would be a wonderful gift for someone you know who was wholeheartedly dedicated to their pet's well-being. stars5.gif (240 bytes)
kowalski.gif (10650 bytes) Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet Sound, compassionate advice to get you through the loss of your pet. Included are ideas for rituals and ceremonies, spiritual guidance and readings and poems to use for solace. I read this book to help me prepare for losing my cat (I lost her to cancer when she was only 8 years old). It would be a wonderful book for any pet owner, whether they have already lost a pet or not.  stars5.gif (240 bytes)
Catnip Catnip for the Soul  This book of stories, told from a cat's perspective would also be a good gift book for a grieving friend if you knew the family well.  One of the stories is sure to remind you of the friend's cat. My cat Ed fits the "Fig Newtons" story!!!
hunt.gif (9573 bytes) Angel Pawprints: Reflections on the Loss of a Canine Companion  A poignant collection of poetry and stories written as tributes to dogs. It provides comfort and healing for anyone mourning the loss of a beloved dog. A heartwarming book for dog lovers, and a thoughtful gift of condolences. Beautifully illustrated.  stars5.gif (240 bytes)
sife.gif (5074 bytes) The Loss of a Pet: This book won the coveted Maxwell award offered by the Dog Writers of America for "Best Non-Fiction" of 1993. It is also now being used in many veterinary schools as an aid for teaching sensitivity and awareness to pet loss. stars5.gif (240 bytes)
harris.gif (6331 bytes) Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide Sometimes as "pet owners" we don't realize how close we are to our animal companions until we loose them, and even then we're afraid or ashamed to openly mourn and memorialize them. The author offers advice on handling this feeling of awkwardness and encourages readers to express their feelings and memories. stars4_5.gif (242 bytes)
anderson.gif (12727 bytes) Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet   Comprehensive, compassionate, and "user friendly" guide to every aspect of pet loss bereavement. The types and stages of grief are discussed, and you'll also find some tested coping strategies to help you cope with the different aspects of grief. stars5.gif (240 bytes) 
milani.gif (10296 bytes) Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love,Dignity, and Peace of Mind This thoughtful book explores, in depth, our psychological relationship with our pets and gives encouraging methods for helping the whole family prepare, cope, and heal at the death of their animal friend.
smith.gif (14512 bytes) Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam   Letters from men, women, and children who have lost their beloved animal companions. These stories are quite intense and laden with profound narratives and emotions. The circumstances of loss are extensive and varied.  stars5.gif (240 bytes)
kurz.gif (15287 bytes) Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates  There are no words that can change the feeling of emptiness we feel with the loss of that special "friend" who shared our heart and life.  But we can replace the grief with joyful anticipation when we realize that there is hope and comfort to be found. stars4_5.gif (242 bytes)
quintana.gif (12690 bytes) It's Okay To Cry  Warm, compassionate stories that help people to find hope and healing after the death of a beloved pet. Sixty-two people who have lost pets including dogs, cats, horses, birds and working animals share their stories. stars5.gif (240 bytes)
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The Final Farewell Preparing for and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet Information about euthanasia and the grieving process, and explains in detail all the options available to people when their pets die. Meant to be read in advance of a pet's death, when the reader is in a better position to make those kinds of decisions.

wood.gif (13704 bytes) DogStar  Good for children. Jeff's parents take him on an Alaskan cruise in the hope that he will stop his obsessive mourning for his bull terrier, Buddy. Following a dog who looks like Buddy, Jeff goes back in time and lands in the middle of an adventure. Returning to his own time, Jeff finds that he's finished grieving for Buddy.stars4.gif (278 bytes)
davis.gif (14300 bytes) For Every Dog an Angel: The Forever Dog Reading level: Ages 4-8. Although a dog passes away, it "can never really be separated from its forever person." stars5.gif (240 bytes)
rylant.gif (5574 bytes) Dog Heaven  Reading level: Ages 4-8.  A comforting and smile-inducing poetic text speculates on the place where all good dogs go, describing Dog Heaven as a wonderful location filled with countless ham biscuits, good meals, lots of petting, and endless stretches of fields to run in. stars5.gif (240 bytes)

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