Pet Loss & Bereavement Books & Articles 

Updated: 02/11/2015 


Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates by Gary Kurz

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD CT

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals by Allen Anderson

Going Home: Finding Peach When Pets Die by Jon Katz

Death, Loss, and Grief in Literature for Youth
, by Alice Crosetto and Rajinder Garcha

Snort's Special Gift, A Family Story
, by Suzann Yue, Illustrated by Lin Wang.  Children's picture book that addresses ways to grieve and remember a beloved family pet.

Grieving the Death of a Pet, by Betty J. Carmack

A 30-Day Guide to Healing from the Loss of Your Pet, by Gael J. Ross

Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira K. Anderson

The Human-Animal Bond and Grief by Laurel S. Lagoni, Carolyn Butler, and Suzanne Hetts


ASPCA Pet Loss Resources

Lifelines for Grieving Pet Owners by Genevieve Rajewski August 6, 2012   A phone call away, veterinary students help owners work through the heartache of losing a beloved animal companion

Healing from pet loss during the holidays
by Claire Chew Gillenson, Life Transitions/Grief Coach based in Los Angeles. The holidays are around the corner and it can be easy to feel lonely and isolated after experiencing the loss of a pet. If this is your first holiday without a beloved family cat or dog—below are five ways in getting through these weeks without having to “be strong”, “act normal” or hide from the emotional pain.

Explaining anticipatory pet loss to a toddler by Claire Gillenson, M.A. Pet Loss Educator/Grief Coach.  For many pet lovers, our first glimpse of death may have been as a child. For that reason alone, honesty is very important. It can lay the foundation for how we deal with loss the rest of our lives.

10 nutritional tips to help you move through challenging life situations by Claire Chew Gillenson, M.A. Life Transition/Grief Coach.  The stress from grief and loss can cause a major toll on our body. Often, our appetites are first to go when our heart is sinking. Here are 10 healthy tips to take care of your body temple during this challenging time.

Its important to grieve when a pet dies by Warren Tasker, Canwest News Service, March, 2010. Many people refuse to discuss the death of their pets because the pain is unbearable. They want to keep quiet about it, hoping the sadness will dissipate over time. Perhaps, if it were discussed more openly, they could navigate through the pain and sorrow a little better. They would understand their situation more clearly and speed the healing process.

How much can you mourn a pet? by Finlo Rohrer, BBC News Magazine, January 2010. Some might think true grief is reserved for our fellow homo sapiens, but as a moving tribute from one British politician shows, the loss of a pet prompts real mourning.

The Human-Animal Bond by Judith C. Stutts, Ph.D; Adjunct Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences; College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University. If you are grieving for an animal that is sick, one that is dying, or one that has died, you are not alone.

Elders and Pet Loss by Betty J. Carmack, R.N., Ed.D.; Professor, School of Nursing, University of San Francisco. The loss of a much loved companion animal can be especially difficult for older adults, who experience the tremendous benefits of companion animals as well as the profound grief responses to a pet's death. 

Children and the Death of a Pet by Enid Traisman, MSW; Director of Pet Loss Support Services, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital; Portland, Oregon. When a child experiences the death of a beloved pet, he or she may experience emotional reactions that can be painful and frightening.

Loss of a Therapy Animal by Charlene Douglas; The Rainbow Passage. The more we understand the human-animal bond, the more we understand the feelings and emotions of grief when a pet dies.

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