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Loss of a Pet

A list of electronic and print resources about human-animal relationships, especially coping with the death of a pet.  Books listed are held by the Veterinary Medical Library, Purdue University. Consult your public library or bookstore to see titles available in your locale.  A listing of pet loss hotlines is also provided.

Print Resources

    Adamec, Christine A.
    When your pet dies. New York: Berkley Books, 1996.
    Anderson, David Charles.
    The guide to pet loss resources.  3rd ed. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford Pub., 2005.
    Anderson, Moira K. 
    Coping with sorrow on the loss of your pet.  Loveland, CO: Alpine Publications, 1996.
    Barton Ross, Cheri.

    Pet loss and human emotion: a guide to recovery.
    New York: Routledge, 2007.
    Canfield, Jack, ed. 
    Chicken soup for the cat & dog lover's soul: celebrating pets as family with stories about cats, dogs, and other critters.  Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, 1999.
    Coleman, Joan. 

    Forever friends: resolving grief after the loss of a beloved animal.  Las Vegas, NV: J. C. Tara Enterprises, 1993.

    Death of a pet: answers to questions for children and animal lovers of all ages. Stamford, N.Y.: Guideline Publications, 1991.

    Harris, Eleanor L. 
    Pet loss: a spiritual guide.  St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1997.
    Jones, Corienne. 
    Yes, Virginia--there is a pet heaven: understanding your older dogs and cats. Beaverton, OR: Pebbles Pub., 1991.
    Kay, William J., ed. 
    Euthanasia of the companion animal: the impact on pet owners, veterinarians, and society.  Philadelphia: Charles Press, 1988.
    Kay, William J., ed. 
    Pet loss and human bereavement.  Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1984.
    Kilbourn, Cheryl A. 
    For the love of Princess: surviving the loss of your pet.  Beaverton, OR: Princess Publishing, 1987.
    Kowalski, Gary A. 
    Goodbye, friend: healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet.  Walpole, NH: Stillpoint Pub., 1997.
    Lagoni, Laurel.
    Human-animal bond and grief. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1994.
    Lagoni, Laurel. 
    Practical guide to client grief: support techniques for 15 common situations.  Lakewood, CO: AAHA Press, 1997.
    Lee, Laura. 
    Absent friend: coping with the loss of a treasured pet.  [High Wycombe]: Henston, 1992.
    Gustafson, Mickie. 
    Losing your dog: coping with grief when a pet dies.  New York: Bergh Pub.: Distribution, Talman Co., 1992.
    Lemieux, Christina M. 

    Coping with the loss of a pet: a gentle guide for all who love a pet.  Reading, PA: W. R. Clark, 1991.

    Mental health professionals, beginning a pet loss support group: pet loss packet supplement. [Pet loss and bereavement.]  Renton, WA: Delta Society, 1992.

    Montgomery, Mary Ann. 
    Goodbye, my friend: grieving the death of a pet.  Minneapolis, MN: Montgomery Press, 1991.
    Morehead, Debby. 
    A special place for Charlee: a child's companion through pet loss.  Broomfield, CO: Partners in Publishing, 1996.
    Nieburg, Herbert A. 

    Pet loss: a thoughtful guide for adults and children.  New York: Harper & Row, 1982.

    Pet loss and bereavement.  Renton, WA: Delta Society, 1992.

    Quackenbush, Jamie. 
    When your pet dies: how to cope with your feelings. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
    Rogers, Fred.
    When a pet dies.  New York: Putnam, 1988.
    Rosenberg, Marc A. 
    Companion animal loss and pet owner grief.  Allentown, PA: ALPO Pet Center, 1993.
    Ross, Cheri Barton. 
    Pet loss and human emotion: guiding clients through grief.  Washington, D. C.: Accelerated Development, 1998.
    Sibbett, Sally. 
    "Oh, where has my pet gone?" : a pet loss memory book, ages 3 - 103.  Wayzata, MN: B. Libby Press, 1991.
    Sife, Wallace. 
    Loss of a pet. 3rd ed. New York: Howell Books, 2005.
    Stern, Michael.
    Loving and losing a pet: a psychologist and a veterinarian share their wisdom. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub., 2004
    Stewart, Mary F. 
    Companion animal death: a practical and comprehensive guide for veterinary practice. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999.
    Stockton, Anne.
    Honey-Bun.  Seattle: Educare Press, 1999.

    Veterinarians, veterinary personnel: pet loss packet supplement. [Pet loss and bereavement.] Renton, WA: Delta Society, 1992.

    Walker, Kaetheryn. 
    Heart that is loved never forgets: recovering from loss: when humans and animals lose their companions.  Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1999.
Electronic Resources

Pet Loss and Grief Hotlines

DISCLAIMER: The titles listed here do not constitute a complete listing of all resources on this subject and are not a recommendation of these books/web sites titles over others.


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