Pet Loss


Resources from the ASPCA 

Healthy — Hospice Care - Ending Life With Compassion 

Veterinary Wisdom for Pet Parents —  Body Care for Your Companion Animal 

Delta Society —  Importance of grieving 

Pet Loss Support Page —  Tips on coping with pet loss 

Grief Healing — Helping children cope with a pet’s euthanasia 

Veterinary Wisdom for Pet Parents — Helping children cope with pet loss

Grief Healing — Pet loss and the elderly — How to write a story about your pet   


Buscaglia, L. (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Liss-Levinson, N. & Baskette, M.P. (2007). Remembering My Pet: A Kid’s Own Spiritual Remembering Workbook for When a Pet Dies. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing.

Viorst, J. (1987). The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. New York: Atheneum.


Allen, M.A. (2007). Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. Dog Ear Publishing.

Carmack, B. (2003). Grieving the Death of a Pet. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books.

Lagoni, L. & Butler, C. (1994). The Human-Animal Bond and Grief. Saunders.

Reynolds, R. & Kowalski, G. (2011). Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond. Troutdale, OR: New Sage Press.

Wolfelt, A. (2004). When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing. Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press.


Children and Pet Loss David Meagher, EdD, CT interviewed by Dr. Gloria Horsley of Open to Hope Foundation


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