Pet loss reference guide



1.  Delta Society

           look under “Health Benefits of Animals” then, “Pet Loss and Bereavement”


2.   Changes: The Support for People and Pets Program


3.   American Veterinary Medical Association

            look under “care for pets”



Libraries often have a section on “pet loss” where some of these titles may be found. If not, check sections on “the human-animal bond,” “grief and bereavement,” and “pet care.”  Bookstores can special order books, as well, and books can be ordered on websites like


1.       Nieburg, H.A., & Fisher, A. (1982). Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children. New York: Harper & Row.  (check your library: currently out of print)

2.       Kubler-Ross E. (1986). Death, The Final State of Growth. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Simon & Schuster.

3.       Church, J.A. (1987). Joy in a Wooly Coat: Living with, Loving & Letting Go of Treasured Animal Friends. Tiburon, California: H J Kramer Inc. (check your library: currently out of print)

4.       Grollman, E.A. (1990). Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Beacon Press.

5.     Sife, W. (1993).  The Loss of a Pet.  New York: Howell Book House.

6.       Lemieux, C.M. (1988). Coping with the Loss of a Pet. Reading, Penn: Wallace R. Clark. (check your library: currently out of print)



1.    White, E.B. (1952). Charlotte's Web. New York: Dell Publishing Co.

2.       Viorst J. (1975). The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.  New York: Macmillan. 

3.       Sibbitt, S. (1991). Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone? A Pet Loss Memory Book, AGES 3-103. Wayzata, Minn: B. Libby Press.

4.       Mellonie & Ingpen (1983).  LIFETIMES: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children.  New York: Bantam Books

5.       Potter, J., & Koss, G. (1991).  Death of a Pet: Answers to Questions for Children and Animal Lovers of all Ages.  Stamford, NY: Guideline Publications, P.O. Box 245, Stamford, NY 12167,

(800) 552-1076, 1991. 24 pgs.




(This list was found on the Delta Society Website:


For Adults

1.       Anderson, Moira. Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. 2nd Edition. Alpine

       Publications, Loveland, CO [(800) 777-7257], 1994. 184 pgs.

2.       Gustafson, Mickie. Losing Your Dog: Coping with Grief When Your Pet Dies. Bergh

       Publishing, NY, 1991

3.       Kosins, Martin Scot. Maya's First Rose, Diary of a Very Special Love. Open Sky Books,

      Royal Oak, MI, 1992. 104 pgs. (dogs)

4.       Lee, Laura and Martyn. Absent Friend. Bucks, England, Henston Ltd, 1992. 141pgs.

5.       Montgomery, Mary & Herb. A Final Act of Caring. Montgomery Press, P.O. Box 24124, Minneapolis, MN 55424, 1993. 32 pgs.

6.       Montgomery, Mary & Herb. Good-Bye My Friend. Montgomery Press, P.O. Box 24124, Minneapolis, MN 55424, 1993. 31pgs.

7.       Morehead, Debbie. A Special Place for Charlee--A Child's Companion Through Pet Loss. Partners in Publishing. LLC, Broomfield, CO, 1996.

8.       Quackenbush, Jamie. When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings. Pocket Books, N.Y., N.Y., 1985. 223 pgs.

9.       Peterson, Linda. Surviving the Heartbreak of Chosing Death for Your Pet. Greentree Publishing, West Chester, PA, 1997. 160 pgs. (610) 399-3168.

10.  Tousley, Marty. Children and Pets Loss, A Guide for Helping. Companion Animal Association of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, 1996. 19 pgs. (602) 258-3306.


For Children

1.        Brown, Margaret. The Dead Bird. Harper Collins, 1983. 4-7 yrs.

2.        Carrick, Carol. The Accident. Seabury Press, Milwaukee, WI, 1978. 4-7 yrs. (dogs)

3.        Cohen, Miriam. Jim's Dog Muffins. Greenwillow Books, N.Y., N.Y., 1984. 5-8 yrs.

4.        Graeber, Charlotte. Mustard. Macmillan, N.Y., N.Y. 1982. 7-11 yrs.(cats)

5.        Rogers, Fred. When a Pet Dies. G.P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., N.Y., 1988. unpaged.


For Families

1.       Brackenridge, Sandra. Because of Flowers and Dancers. Veterinary Practice Publishing Co.,

      Santa Barbara, CA, 1994

2.       Britton, William. William N. Britton's The Legend of Rainbow Bridge. Savanah Publishing,

      8089 Iowa Gulch Rd., Morrison, CO 80465, unpaged.

3.       Church, Julie Adams. Joy in a Wooly Coat. H.J. Kramer, Inc., Tiburon, CA, 1988. 142 pgs.

4.        Coleman, Joan. Forever Friends: Resolving Grief After the Loss of a Beloved Animal. J.C. Tara Enterprises. Inc. 3230 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste. 276, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (800) 438-8813. 128 pgs.

5.       Foster-Morgan, Kathleen. Sunflower Mountain. Sunflower Publications, 211 Victor Ave., Toronto, M4K 1B3, Canada, (416) 466-7075, 1995. 32 pgs.

6.       Mooney, Samantha. A Snowflake in My Hand. Delacorte, N.Y., N.Y., 1983, 151 pgs 10-Adult

7.       Nieburg, Herbert. Pet Loss: A thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children. Harper & Row, N.Y., N.Y., 1982. 155 pgs.. Includes bibliography and index. 10-Adult

8.       Sibbitt, Sally. "Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone?", A Pet Loss Memory Book, Ages 3-103. B. Libby Press, 1426 Holdridge Circle, Wayzata, MN 55391, (612) 476-4932, 1991. unpaged.

9.       Viorst, Judith. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. Macmillan, N.Y., N.Y., 1971. 24 pgs. (cats)

10.  Wilhelm, H. I'll Always Love You. Crown Publishing Group, N.Y, N.Y. 1985. unpaged. (dogs)


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