Pet Loss Recommended Books

Goodbye, Friend by Gary Kowlaski

Full of sound, compassionate advice to get through the loss of a pet, including rituals and ceremonies, advice on how to take care of yourself, and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event.

Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love by Lorri A. Greene, Ph.D.

A practical,  but sympathetic guide which validates the survivor’s often misunderstood feelings, explains the importance of the human-animal bond, and offers strategies for working through the grieving process. The special needs of the guardians of working animals are addressed, as are self-help resources for the elderly.

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack

Poignant and sometimes heartrending, Carmack offers pet-loss support to counter “a world that reminds us repeatedly that grief for an animal doesn’t count as much as grief for a person.”

Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide by Julia Harris

Practical topics include what happens at a pet cemetery burial, cremation or home burial; what legal arrangements are available; how to develop a ceremony to honor the pet; and how to cope with the trauma of a terminally ill or runaway pet.

When Only the Love Remains by Emily Margaret Stuparyk

This book is a collection of poignant poems.

Three Cats, Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss by David Congalton

The author talks about how he transformed his anguish over the loss of several pets into a commitment to abused and abandoned animals.