Dealing with the loss of a pet – books for children and adults

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Saying Goodbye to Lulu
Corinne Demas

COPING DEATH E DEMAS

After growing up together, the dog Lulu gets older, moves slower, and eventually dies. Her owner has to deal with losing Lulu, but her memories of their happy times together live on.


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A Dog Like Jack
DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

COPING DEATH E DISALVO

After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days.


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Good-bye, Jeepers: What to Expect When Your Pet Dies (Life's Challenges)
Nancy Loewen

COPING DEATH E LOEWEN

When a pet dies, it can feel like you lost your best friend. What do you do? Whether you had a guinea pig, dog, cat, or fish, this story can help you through the tough times.


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Cat Heaven
Cynthia Rylant

COPING DEATH E RYLANT

Cynthia’s vision of what heaven looks like for a cat after death.God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears.


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Dog Heaven
Cynthia Rylant

COPING DEATH E RYLANT

Cynthia’s vision of what heaven looks like for a dog after death. 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.


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The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Judith Viorst

COPING DEATH E VIORST

A boy copes with his grief over the loss of his cat by thinking of good things about him.


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Sammy in the Sky
Barbara Walsh

COPING DEATH E WALSH

A young girl responds to her mother’s talking about what happened to her “best pet ever” after Sammy dies.


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Harry & Hopper
Margaret Wild

COPING DEATH E WILD

Harry must deal with not being greeted by his pet when he arrives home from school.


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The Old Dog
Charlotte Zolotow

COPING DEATH E ZOLOTOW

Waking up one morning to discover that his faithful old dog has passed away, a young boy remembers the time that they shared together and grieves, and when his father gives him a new puppy, he still remembers his first canine friend.


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Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss: Personal and Professional Insights on the Animal Lover's Unique Grieving Process
Sid Korpi

PETS KOR

Presents stories of the human-animal bond that exists even after the death of a pet and offers advice on such topics as euthanasia, caring for oneself while grieving, and ways to memorialize a pet’s life.


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Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates
Gary Kurz

PETS KUR

If you’ve ever loved and lost a pet, or if you know someone who has shared a special bond with a furry face and a cold, wet nose, you’ll welcome this book’s reassurance that love and loyalty are truly eternal, and that someday you and your pets will be together again.


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Wagging Tails In Heaven: The Gift Of Our Pets Everlasting Love
Gary Kurz

PETS KUR

In this touching and book, the author offers surprising and comforting evidence of an animal afterlife through first-hand accounts of “ghost pet” visitations and tales of heroism, loyalty and everlasting love, proving that our childhood pets stay with us forever.


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The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives
Jessica Pierce

PETS PIE

Draws on both personal stories and research to present an in-depth exploration of the practical, medical, and moral issues that trouble pet owners confronted with the decline and death of their companion animals.


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Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die
Jon Katz

SELFHELP GRIEF KAT

Presents a meditation on coping with the loss of an animal who has enriched one’s life, sharing observations on the ways in which people grieve for their pets, related philosophical questions, and the process of letting go.


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Animals in Spirit: Our faithful companions' transition to the afterlife
Penelope Smith

SPIRIT SMI

A pioneer in animal communications outlines meditation exercises designed to help increase human awareness of animal spirits, in a guide for grieving owners of deceased pets that offers counsel on how to understand an animal’s life and pursue opportunities for reconnecting.


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