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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.

Koko’s Kitten
Koko the gorilla uses sign language to talk to her handlers. When she asks for a pet, her handlers search high and low for the perfect companion.
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school
Lee and Limbo: Friends Come and Go, but Life Continues...
Animals, like human beings, experience deep emotional bonds, too.   Lee and Limbo is a story of genuine friendship and love between two cats in Chapel Hill, a beautiful, small University town in North Carolina where love abounds. When Lee...
Children, Family, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Uzoma (Uzo) Rita Ezekwudo
Let’s Talk About When Your Pet Dies (The Let’s Talk...
Describes the feelings that you might have when your pet dies and discusses how to cope with these feelings
Children, Pet Loss & Bereavement Marianne Johnston
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand? Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too....
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Bryan Mellonie
Losing My Best Friend: Thoughtful support for those affected by...
“Remember me with tears and laughter. Remember me though it hurts to do so, because the pain you have is equal to the love we shared. There is no goodbye if you carry me in your heart. Remember all the...
All Ages, Dog Lovers, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Self-Help Jeannie Wycherley
Loss of a Pet: Explaining Grief and Loss to Children
Pets create great experiences for children: in taking responsibility, learning to love, care for living things and, dealing with loss and grief. Whether their pet has to move, runs away, gets sick or, dies; children will benefit from reading this...
Children, Family, Guide, Illustrated, Pet Loss & Bereavement Cory O'Neal
Loving and Losing a Pet: A Psychologist and a Veterinarian...
Michael Stern, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in New York and New Jersey. He is an adjunct associate professor at Teachers' College of Columbia University, and a clinical supervisor in a number of other academic institutes. He has worked...
Adult, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Michael Stern, Susan Cropper
Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond
Nothing turns a baby's head more quickly than the sight or sound of an animal. This fascination is driven by the ancient chemical forces that first drew humans and animals together. It is also the same biology that transformed wolves...
Adult, Educational, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Meg Daley Olmert
Maya’s First Rose: Diary of a Very Special Love
When Kosins first met Maya in a pet store, he didn't even want a dog. But 18 years later, when she died in his arms, Martin knew their relationship was and always would be the most significant of his life....
All Ages, Dog Lovers, Pet Loss & Bereavement Martin Scot Kosins
My Pet Memory Book: To Help A Child Through The...
Losing a pet is heartbreaking for all the family, but can be particularly difficult for a child.  This book will help any child who is grieving for a family pet who has died.  The book allows them to fill in...
Children, Family, Great Gift, Journal, Pet Loss & Bereavement S Wallace
My Pet Remembrance Journal
This grief workbook & keepsake journal is recommended for anyone who wants make sense of their grief and to create a keepsake of their beloved pet. It was designed to help sort out feelings through writing about your relationship and...
All Ages, Great Gift, Guide, Journal, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Self-Help Enid Traisman
Old Dogs Remembered Paperback
Noted authors, including James Thurber, John Updike, Eugene O'Neill, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and John Cheever, reminisce about their favorite dogs
All Ages, Inspirational, Pet Loss & Bereavement
Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs
At the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestseller Drinking:A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task: redefining her world. She had faced the loss of both her parents, given up a twenty-year relationship with...
Adult, Dog Lovers, Educational, Inspirational, Pet Loss & Bereavement Caroline Knapp
Paw Prints in Heaven?: Christians and Pet Loss
Finally, Biblical insight for Christian pet owners struggling to cope with the loss of a beloved pet or explain it to a child. Paw Prints In Heaven? is a systematic study of The Bible that explains God's plan for animals...
All Ages, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Religious James McClinton
Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for...
Paw Prints in the Stars was created to help one deal with the loss of a beloved pet. The book is written in the voice of the pet that has passed and brings peace and comfort while celebrating life and...
All Ages, Journal, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Self-Help Warren Hanson
Pet Loss & Human Emotion
This updated edition of Pet Loss and Human Emotion is a step-by-step guide to leading clients through this special kind of grief. Includes resources and a section on pet loss and natural disasters. As society accepts that grieving over the death of...
Adult, Educational, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Cheri Barton Ross
Pet Loss and Children: A Guide for Parents
This book is a much-needed resource for parents of pet-owning children. It contains information on the grief process in children as it pertains to pet death but also gives the most effective methods of explaining the pet's death and what...
Children, Family, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement Mary T Rochford Rose
Pet Loss and Children: Establishing a Healthy Foundation
Explaining the concept of death to a child is a very difficult, confusing, and uncomfortable experience for a parent, educator, or therapist, and it is a topic that is often first introduced by the loss of a pet - sometimes...
Adult, Educational, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals Cheri Barton Ross
Pet Loss and Children: Helping Your Child Cope with the...
An estimated 90 percent of kids will have a pet at some point during their childhood. The loss of a beloved pet is a difficult reality that many of these children will face. How to Help Your Child Cope with Pet...
Children, Family, Guide, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Pre-school Erainna Winnett
Pet Loss and Human Bereavement
Describes the grieving process that occurs when people lose pets and suggests ways of helping individuals to cope.
All Ages, Educational, Pet Loss & Bereavement, Professionals, Self-Help

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