Pet Loss

Pet Loss : A Thoughtful Guide for Adults & Children 
by Herbert A. Nieburg, Arlene Fischer (Contributor), Martin Scot Kosins 

The death of a pet can cause enormous feelings of sorrow, guilt, and loneliness for children and adults alike. Unfortunately, these feelings are often ignored or downplayed, and pet owners find themselves unable to express real grief. This book encourages those who have suffered the loss of a pet to acknowledge such grief and tells them how to cope with the situation. 

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates 
by Gary Kurz

There are no words that can change the feeling of emptiness we feel with the loss of that special "friend" who shared our heart and life. Their unconditional love and devotion are missed as much as their splendid and unique personality. But we can replace the grief with joyful anticipation when we realize that there is hope and comfort to be found. The words of this book are offered to guide you to that place. You may begin this book a skeptic, but you will end it with a newfound hope and a lot to think about. 

Healing the Pain of Pet Loss : Letters in Memoriam
by Kymberly Smith (Editor)

Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam" contains thirty-eight letters from men, women, and children who have lost their beloved animal companions. These stories are quite intense and laden with profound narratives and emotions. Some letters include accounts of: deathbed vigils; friends and families reactions (some good, some not-so-good); feelings of guilt; suicidal thoughts; religious viewpoints; and how they coped, or are having trouble coping. The circumstances of loss are extensive and varied; some include disappearance, death, forced separation, and natural disaster. 

The book also includes a section discussing Western and Eastern spiritual philosophies regarding the
soul and/or afterlife of animals. An additional chapter contains a guide to inform readers of other
useful resources such as hotlines, organizations, and on-line web sites.

The Loss of a Pet : New Revised and Expanded Edition 
by Wallace Sife (Introduction) 

This book won the coveted Maxwell award offered by the Dog Writers of America for "Best Non-Fiction" of 1993. It is also now being used in many veterinary schools as an aid for teaching sensitivity and awareness to pet loss.

Angel Pawprints : Reflections on the Loss of a Canine Companion 
by Laurel Ellen Hunt (Editor), Alice Villalobos 

The loss of a cherished pet is a deeply painful experience. This unique approach to pet loss books presents a poignant collection of poetry and stories written as tributes to dogs and will tug at the heartstrings of dog lovers. It provides comfort and healing for anyone mourning the loss of a beloved dog. Including authors both famous and unknown from the 1800's to the present and compiled in one volume for the first time, these memorials form a heartwarming book for dog lovers, and a thoughtful gift of condolences. Beautifully illustrated with many vintage photographs of dogs.

For Every Dog an Angel : The Forever Dog 
by Christine Davis (Illustrator) 

Reading level: Ages 4-8

For Every Dog An angel is a light, magical little book that honors the timeless connection between people and their canine companions. Written from the heart after the unexpected loss of her "forever dog" Martha, this charming book will bring comfort to anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to their best four-legged friend. For Every Dog An Angel is also a heart-felt way to welcome a new puppy or to celebrate a much-loved doggie friend. 

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

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet is a comprehensive, compassionate, and "user friendly" guide to every aspect of pet loss bereavement. In this book, you'll find out why it's normal and OK to grieve the loss of a pet--you're not crazy or alone! The types and stages of grief are discussed, and you'll also find some tested coping strategies (suggested by pet owners like you) to help you cope with the different aspects of grief.

Goodbye Dear Friend : Coming to Terms With the Death of a Pet 
by Virginia Ironside 


Pet Loss : A Spiritual Guide 
by Eleanor L. Harris 


Will I See Fido in Heaven?: Scripturally Revealing God's Eternal Plan for His Lesser Creatures
by Mary Buddemeyer-Porter

"This book is dedicated to animal lovers and it fulfills its mission delightfully by demonstrating God's eternal plan for all of creation. References to Scripture and real-life animal stories are skillfully combined to create a thought-provoking vision of the relationship between God, man, and animals." 

"We ask you to join in this journey and read the book with an open mind and an open heart. You will not only increase your appreciation of the animal kingdom, you also will find clarity concerning fundamental spiritual truths. The distinction between spirit, soul, and body; the impact of guilt, fear, and anger; and the role of compassion, sacrifice and forgiveness are applied to both animals and man. These principles and supporting Scriptures provide the underlying structure for the book. More importantly, receive the faith to look forward with assurance that what God reveals through His word will come to pass." 

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