If you have found another book that is not listed here useful, please contact us to let us know the details so that we can add your recommendation to the list to help other pet owners.
Coping with Pet Loss (Overcoming Common Problems) by Robin Grey (Sheldon Press) – sympathetic yet comprehensive, Robin Grey explores a wide range of issues including the stages of grieving, the effects on children, euthanasia, remembering a pet, when to consider buying a new pet and much more. A key book in helping to understand how pet loss affects all members of the family.
Buried Deep in Our Hearts by Tracie Barton-Barrett
""They are our companions on Life’s journey…and our memories of them will always be buried deep in our hearts." In Woodhaven Run, Michigan, Nivie Emerson, Bryn Troxell and Jacqueline Stanton have animals who touch their lives in many ways. As important members of their families, these steadfast companions bring joy and compassion into their homes through the ebbs and flows of life. But, when a beloved animal dies, the painful inevitability triggers grief and soul-searching. In the process of memorializing the animals, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, children and friends are connected to one another. A community solution is then created to foster healing and celebrate their animals’ lives. Resources and Reflective/discussion questions at the end of the book."
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson Allen
Farewell, My Lovely by Susie Cornfield - stories, poems, anecdotes and eulogies from around the globe and across the ages.
Bill at Rainbow Bridge by Dan Carrison:
By the author (Dec 2011): "Pet lovers regard Rainbow Bridge as the mythical place where departed pets await their former owners, on the threshold of the afterlife, so that they can "cross the bridge" together. Bill at Rainbow Bridge is told from two perspectives: that of Bill the Bulldog, who has just arrived at Rainbow Bridge, and that of his former owner, David, who is trying to come to terms with his grief at the loss of his best friend. The miracle and hope expressed in this happy, poignant story will warm the hearts of all who have ever been blessed by the unconditional love of a pet."
Books for Parents:
Some of the books listed above contain specific chapters/sections providing advice on how to help children cope with pet loss. Others include:
Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child by Earl Grollman – this book is not specifically about pets.
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh (see below)
Books specifically written for Children:
The following books are intended for children to read, either alone or with their parents.
Missing My Pet by Alex Lambert – written by six-year-old Alex Lambert after the death of his pet dog Star, Missing My Pet explores the whole process of losing a pet, from the initial illness through to the euthanasia and beyond. The book also opens up other issues surrounding the death of a pet such as cremation options and getting a new pet. The book comes with a supporting booklet containing advice for parents.
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh - this illustrated book is aimed at helping children cope with pet loss and can be read by children that are old enough; however it may also help parents to understand how best to try and support their children through pet loss, and indeed bring comfort to parents too.
Megan's Journey by Janet Peel - "I have written a children's book called 'Megan's Journey' which is a story to help children through the sad times when they lose a furry friend. It is a story about my Westie Megan as she takes her journey to Rainbow Bridge."
When a Pet Dies (First Experiences) by Fred Rogers
Other pet loss books for children:
Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr
Up in Heaven by Emma Chichester Clark - this is a lovely picture book
A couple of great books from Kidsgriefrelief.org
Other useful resources
Some very useful and downloadable resources from VeterinaryWisdom® professionals
Pet loss support resources from the Environmental Animal Sanctuary and Education (EASE)