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Pet-loss Support Resources

These resources will help you cope with the loss of your favorite dog, cat or other farm pet

By Sue Weaver


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The grieving process can be difficult for people who have lost a farm pet. For some, the animal has been a member of the family for years. Losing a pet will mean a lifestyle change. To find support in coping with your loss, consult these resources.

Pet-loss Websites

Pet-loss Books

  • Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, by Moira Anderson Allen (Dog Ear Publishing, 2007)

  • Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski (New World Library, 2006)
    Good-bye My Friend: Pet Cemeteries, Memorials and Other Ways to Remember, by Michele Lanci-Altomere (BowTie Press, 2000)

  • The Loss of a Pet, by Wallace Sife (Howell Book House, 2005)

  • When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses, by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Matthews (Harper Paperbacks, 2002)
Children’s Pet-loss Books
  • Fluffy Love: Helping children deal with the loss of a pet, by Donna Shavatt and Eve Shavatt (Bereavement Publications, Inc., 2008)

  • I’ll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm (Dragonfly Books, 1988); Ages 4 to 8
    Remembering Pets: A Book for Children Who Have Lost a Pet, by Gina Dalpra-Berman (Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2001); Ages 4 to 6

  • Saying Goodbye to Lulu, by Corinne Demas (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009); Ages 4 to 8

  • When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers (Putnam Juvenile, 1998); Ages 4 to 8

Pet Memorial Journals

  • My Personal Pet Remembrance Journal, by Enid Samuel Traisman (Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, 1997)

  • Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for a Beloved Pet, by Warren Hanson (Tristan Publishing, 2008)

  • The Kingdom of Heart: A Pet Loss Journal, by Patty L. Luckenbach (Spiritual Living Press, 2005)

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This is one of the best articals I have read...We are a small farm so all of our animals are like pets, so when we lose one it really bothers me...the lose of any animals, other for the purpose that they were raised for is hard on me...even losing a piglet bothers me...Thank you for giving me places to go that will help me...
Lynn, Ash Flat, AR
Posted: 7/18/2010 7:17:20 AM
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