Bereavement Resources

Pet Loss Websites and Hotlines

  • American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Website
  • Cornell University Veterinary School Pet Loss Website
  • Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline (607) 253-3932

Books That Help Adults

  • The Loss of a Pet : New Revised and Expanded Edition, by Wallace Sife.  This Maxwell Award winner, given by the Dog Writers of America for Best Non-fiction, offers solace and understanding for pet owners and counselors alike. 
  • It's Okay To Cry, by Maria L. Quintana, Shari L. Veleba, Harley G. King. A collection of 60+ stories from others who have lost their pets.  You are not alone!
  • Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, by Gary Kurz. 
  • When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope With Your Feelings, by Jamie Quackenbush and Denise Graveline. Simon & Schuster Pocket Books, 1985. 
  • Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children by Herbert A. Nieburg and Arlene Fisher. Harper and Row, 1982. 
  • Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moira K. Anderson. Peregrine Press, 1987. 
  • When Only the Love Remains: The Pain of Pet Loss by Emily Margaret Stuparyk. 

Books That Help Children

  • A Funeral for Whiskers by Lawrence Balter. Barron's Educational Series, 1991. 
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst. Atheneum, 1975. 
  • When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers. Family Communications, Inc. 
  • Death of a Goldfish (video) by Fred Rogers. Family Communications, Inc. 
  • Remembering Pets by Gina Dalpra-Berman and Barbara Hoss-Schneider. Robert D. Reed, 2001. 
  • Because of Flowers and Dancers by Sandra Brackenridge. A short book for a parent to share with a young child, helps to facilitate discussion of euthanasia and remembering a pet. 
  • Growing Time by Sandal Warburg. Jamie's dog, King, dies and his uncle Jim helps him face the reality and meaning of death. 
  • I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm.