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Recommended Reading

A collection of works to help you HEAL your heart

We have selected the books listed here for you. You will find books that cater to all age groups and backgrounds as well as professional and educational works.

Please contact us if you would like assistance in choosing a book.

Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)
Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."...
Children, Great Gift, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Young Adult E. B. White
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
Animals bring out the goodness, humanity and optimism in people and speak directly to our souls. This joyous, inspiring and entertaining Chicken Soup collection relates the unique bonds between animals and the people whose lives they've changed.
All Ages, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Jack Canfield
Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping
This guide is a practical tool for veterinarians, teachers, counselors, parents, grandparents and others who are in a position to help children cope with the loss of a pet. Topics include understanding children's attachment to their pets and the significance...
Children, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Marty Tousley
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope...
The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you'll ever endure. But recovery isn't only about closure. You also want to know where your best friend has gone.
All Ages, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Religious Gary Kurz
Conversations with My Old Dog
"Do you ever talk to your dogs? I do." Psychologist Dr. Robert Pasick and his loving but aging dog Lucy invite us into conversations about living and dying. You know the common questions we humans ask: What breed of dog...
All Ages, Dog Lovers, Pet Loss & Bereavement Robert Pasick
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet is a compassionate, comprehensive guide to help you deal with the heartbreaking pain of losing a beloved animal companion. It shows you that you’re not alone, or crazy, or “over-reacting” to...
Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Moira Allen
Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian: An Evidence-Based...
The suicide rate for veterinarians is almost four times higher than the general population across the UK, Australia, US, New Zealand and Canada. The act of suicide is most usually at the end of a long road of distress. And...
Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Nadine Hamilton
Crossing the Rubicon: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond in Life and...
A gentle, helpful guide to surviving losing a loved animal companion. The interviews with experts, vets and shared wisdom from those who've lost a pet and survived to celebrate their beloved animal's life will help you find validation by knowing...
Adult, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Julie A. Kaufman
Dear Brave Friend
This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter...
Children, Pet Loss & Bereavement Leigh Ann Gerk
Death, Society, and Human Experience, 10th edition
This landmark text on the sociology of death and dying draws on contributions from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities, such as history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts, to provide thorough coverage of understanding death...
Adult, Educational, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Robert J. Kastenbaum
Dog Heaven
A comforting and playful exploration of a beloved dog's journey after a happy life on Earth. In Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant's classic bestseller, the author comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog, as she did for cats...
Children, Dog Lovers, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Cynthia Rylant
Dogs Leave Paw Prints Everywhere, Especially Upon Your Heart: Forever...
The Reflection Journal for Dog Lovers provides the space to reflect on your dog and the special relationship you share from both your dog’s perspective as well as your own. Celebrate your dog’s life — write, draw and doodle as you are...
All Ages, Dog Lovers, Great Gift, Journal, Pet Loss & Bereavement Carina MacDonald
Finding Peace After the Loss of a Loved Animal Companion
A spiritual guide and practical primer designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds cope with and recover from grief over the loss of beloved pet.
Children, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Diane Pomerance PH.D.
Fly to Me: Extraordinary Lessons of Life And Death From...
Join author Ellie Hansen and her little dog Tyee on an incredible, inspirational journey that will capture your mind as Tyee gives after-life messages to his grieving family. Each page, with its uplifting true stories and beautiful photography, is a...
All Ages, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Ellie Hansen
For Every Cat an Angel
For Every Cat An Angel celebrates the timeless connection between people and their "forever cats." From the moment a kitten is born, the book tells us, a guardian angel is there to welcome the kitten into the world and let...
All Ages, Cat Lovers, Children, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Christine Davis
For Every Dog An Angel
For Every Dog An Angel celebrates the timeless connection between people and their "forever dogs." From the moment a puppy is born, the book tells us, a guardian angel is there to welcome the puppy into the world and to...
All Ages, Children, Dog Lovers, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Spiritual Christine Davis
Forever Paws
Author Christine Davis offers her third book for anyone who has had to say goodbye to a beloved dog or cat. Forever Paws is the companion title to her books For Every Dog An Angel and For Every Cat An...
All Ages, Cat Lovers, Dog Lovers, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Christine Davis
From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us...
What is it that dogs have done to earn the title of “man’s best friend”? And more broadly, how have all of our furry, feathered, and four-legged brethren managed to enrich our lives? Why do we love them? What can...
All Ages, Dog Lovers, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement B.J. Hollars
Gently into the Night
For all who have experienced the overwhelming grief caused by the loss of a pet or animal companion. This is a guide to help you create a loving memorial service. To honor their life, their passing and the many gifts...
All Ages, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Photos Barbara Rosenfield Douglas
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die
In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for...
All Ages, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Jon Katz

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