Pet loss resources

bereavement hotlines, websites, and bibliography


ASPCA pet loss hotline

Cornell University pet loss support hotline

University of Illinois pet loss support hotline

Tufts University pet loss support hotline

Washington State University pet loss hotline




Adamec, C.(2000). When your pet dies: Dealing with your grief and helping your children cope. Excel Press.

Anderson, A. & Anderson, L. (2005). Rainbows and Bridges: An animal companion memorial kit. New World Library.

Anderson, M. (1996). Coping with sorrow on the loss of your pet (2nd Ed.). Peregrine Press.

Antinori, D. (1998). Journey through pet loss (audiotape). Yoko Spirit Publications.

Cotner, J. (2000). Animal blessings: Prayers and poems celebrating our pets. Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

Harris, E. (1997). Pet Loss: A spiritual guide. Llewellyn Publications.

Houston, P. (2005). Sight hound. W.W. Norton & Company.

Kowalski, G. (1997). Goodbye, friend: Healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet. Stillpoint publishing.

Kowalski, G., Regan, T., & Wolfe, A. (1999). The souls of animals (2nd Ed.). Stillpoint Publishing.

Lagoni, L., Butler, C., & Hetts, S. (1996). Friends for life: Loving and losing your animal companion (audiotape). Sounds True Audio.

Nieberg, H. & Fisher, A. (1982). Pet loss: A thoughtful guide for adults and children. Harper & Row.

Peterson, L. (1997). Surviving the heartbreak of choosing death for your pet: Your personal guide for dealing with pet euthenasia. Greentree Publishing.

Quackenbush, J. & Graveline, D. (1985). When your pet dies: How to cope with your feelings. Simon & Schuster.

Reynolds, R. (2001) Blessing the bridge: What animals teach us about death, dying, and beyond. New Sage Press.

Wagner, T.L. (1998). Legacies of love; A gentle guide to healing from the loss of your animal loved one. (Audiotape). Matter of the Heart Publishing.


Buscaglie, L. (1982). The fall of Freddie the leaf: A story for all ages. Slack book Division.

Cardeccia, K. (2004). Healing your heart when your animal friend is gone: A children’s pet bereavement workbook. Bree’s Gift Publishing.

Carney, K. (1999). Our special garden: Understanding cremation. Dragonfly Publishing.

Carney, K. (2001). Their part of the family. Dragonfly Publishing.

Davis, C. (2001). For every cat an angel. Lighthearted Press.

Davis, C. (2001). For every dog an angel. Lighthearted Press.

Grollman, E. (1990). Talking about death: A dialogue between parents and children. Putnam/Beacon Press.

Morehead, D. (1996). A special place for Charlie: A child’s companion throug pet loss. Partners in Publishing, LLC..

Rylant, C. (1996). Cat heaven. Blue Sky Press.

Rylant, C. (1996). Dog heaven. Blue Sky Press.

Sibbitt, S. (1991). Oh where has my pet gone? A pet loss memory book, ages 3-103. B. Libby Press.



-Healing After Loss Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
Martha W. Hickman

-Healing Through The Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair
Miriam Greenspan

-Making Friends With Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
Judith L. Lief

-New and Selected Poems
Mary Oliver

-Rituals of Healing Using Imagery for Health and Wellness
Jeanne Achterberg, Barbara Dossey, Leslie Kolkmeier

-The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness

-Start Where You Are – When Things fall Apart
Pema Chodron

– This Thing Called Grief: New Understanding of Loss
Thomas Ellis