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.

Click here to read more about the ten books below:

Only Gone From Your Sight: Jack McAfghan’s Little Guide to Pet Loss and Grief  by Kate McGahan
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet  by Gary Kowalski
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing  by Dr Alan D. Wolfelt
The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies  by Dr Wallce Sife
Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers  by Liz Eastwood
Buried Deep in Our Hearts  by Tracie Barton-Barrett
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss  by Russell Friedman, John W. James & Cole James
Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of your Canine Soul Mate  by Roxanne Hawn
The Pet Loss Companion  by Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio & Nancy Saxton-Lopez
From Empty to Empowered: A Journey to Healing from Unexpected Pet Loss  by Marybeth Haines

Best Friends Forever: Practical Steps and Wisdom to Ease Pet Loss  by Debbie McLeod

Other pet loss books for adults:

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.

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet  by Moira Anderson Allen
Absent Friend: Coping with the Loss of Your Pet  by Laura and Martyn Lee
Dog Gone  by Howard Bronson
How to ROAR: Pet Loss Grief Recovery  by Robin Jean Brown - also available as a downloadable e-book
Grieving the Death of a Pet  by Betty J. Carmack
Goodbye, Dear Friend: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Pet  by Virginia Ironside
Coping with the Loss of a Pet: A Gentle Guide for All Who Love a Pet  by Christina M. Lemieux
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children  by Herbert A. Nieburg and Arlene Fischer
Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for Your Pet: Your Personal Guide for Dealing with Pet Euthanasia  by Linda Mary Peterson

Farewell, My Lovely  by Susie Cornfield - stories, poems, anecdotes and eulogies from around the globe and across the ages.
 More here

Angel Pawprints: Reflections on Loving and Losing a Canine Companion  by Laurel E. Hunt – this book is an anthology of stories, poems and photographs about the loss of a pet.

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."

BEA and HONEY: The Secret by Claudia Teetsel

A picture book with beautiful watercolour illustrations, BEA and HONEY: The Secret will soothe the broken hearts of readers, young and old, who have experienced the death of a pet. Pets are family members. The loss of a pet causes profound grief. In BEA and HONEY: The Secret, we see a scenario where our pet is not totally gone but always nearby, even if we cannot see them.


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.
When Children Grieve  by John W. James
Children and Pet Loss – A Guide for Helping  by Marty Tousley
A Child's View of Grief  by Dr Alan D. Wolfelt

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."

Click here to read more about the ten books below:

When a Pet Dies (First Experiences)  by Fred Rogers
Jasper’s Day  by Marjorie Blain-Parker
Saying Goodbye to Lulu  by Corinne Demas
Desser the Best Ever Cat  by Maggie Smith
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye  by Jane Yolen
Tenth Good Thing About Barney  by Judith Viorst
The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children  by Bryan Mellonie
Gentle Willow: A story for children about dying  by Joyce C Mills
Wonder  by R J Palacio

Other pet loss books for children:

Goodbye Mog  by Judith Kerr
Always and Forever  by Alan Durant 
Goodbye Mousie  by Robie H. Harris
A Gift From Rex  by Jim Kramer
Remembering My Pet  by Nechama Liss-Levinson and Molly Phinney Baskette
A Special Place for Charlee: A Child's Companion Through Pet Loss  by Debra Morehead
Cat Heaven  by Cynthia Rylant
Dog Heaven  by Cynthia Rylant
I'll Always Love You  by Hans Wilhelm

Up in Heaven  by Emma Chichester Clark - this is a lovely picture book

It's Okay to Feel Sad Charley Farley by Elaine Slade

This story was created to help children talk about death, especially those grieving for a person or a pet.


Other useful resources

Some very useful and downloadable resources from VeterinaryWisdom® professionals

Pet loss support resources from the Environmental Animal Sanctuary and Education (EASE)

Angela Garner is a Fellow of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners. This website details books that she is writing (May 2020) for both pet carers and veterinary professionals.