A FINAL ACT OF CARING
Mary & Herb Montgomery
The compassion that compels you to end the life of your friend is a final act of caring - a final act of love. This little book is designed to help and comfort you as you make this final decision.
Laura & Martyn Lee
Examines why we form such a strong attachment to our pets and how to cope when that relationship is severed for any reason. Thorough and sensitive.
What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds.
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates
Gary Kurz; Paperback - (April 1997)
There are no words that can change the feeling of emptiness we feel with the loss of that special "friend" who shared our heart and life. Their unconditional love and devotion are missed as much as their splendid and unique personality. But we can replace the grief with joyful anticipation when we realize that there is hope and comfort to be found. The words of this book are offered to guide you to that place. You may begin this book a skeptic, but you will end it with a newfound hope and a lot to think about. -- Gary Kurz
CROSSING THE RUBICON
A collection of stories, poems, interviews and exercises, this book is helpful to anyone coping with the loss of a dear animal friend, or who wants to help someone through their grief.
In heaven, dogs run free in endless fields, nap on fluffy clouds, are given treats by passing angels. A gentle explanation of life after death sure to satisfy the child in each of us.
FOR EVERY DOG AN ANGEL
Are you welcoming a new puppy, celebrating the "forever" dog in your life, or saying good-bye to a beloved dog companion? Perfect for yourself, or for a friend!
Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anybody Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
Gary Kowalski; Paperback - 160 pages (October 1997); $9.56
Kowalski's new book is full of sound, compassionate advice to get you through the loss of your pet(s). Included are ideas for rituals and ceremonies, spiritual guidance and readings and poems to use for solace. The author's voice is a soothing one, not surprising for a minister whose job it is to be wise and reflective. The book also addresses animals' grieving; their life spans; their growth, illnesses and needs. These are similar to ours: need to eat, to exercise, to sleep, to have fun, to enjoy companionship and to expect routine. Kowalski includes advice on how to take care of yourself after the death of a pet and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event. Kowalski's book is not only useful for healing when a good friend dies, but also reasserts his primary message: that animals are important, that "pets are not petty," that they deserve our respect and our kind care. As Kowalski writes, "Animals enrich our lives in countless ways, with their playfulness, their tranquility, their constancy, and their love..." This book will help readers mourn and remember them well.
by Bam Schildkraut Goodbye, Jake is a reassuring story for children dealing with the death of a pet or anyone coping with loss.
GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A PET
Draws on biblical wisdom, experience, and interviews with dozens of pet lovers to guide the reader through the initial loss of a pet to the dawning of new hope and reassurance.
Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam
Kymberly Smith; Paperback (November 1997); $15.16
"Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam" contains thirty-eight letters from men, women, and children who have lost their beloved animal companions. These stories are quite intense and laden with profound narratives and emotions. Some letters include accounts of: deathbed vigils; friends and families reactions (some good, some not-so-good); feelings of guilt; suicidal thoughts; religious viewpoints; and how they coped, or are having trouble coping. The circumstances of loss are extensive and varied; some include disappearance, death, forced separation, and natural disaster. The book also includes a section discussing Western and Eastern spiritual philosophies regarding the soul and/or afterlife of animals. An additional chapter contains a guide to inform readers of other useful resources such as hotlines, organizations, and on-line web sites. This is a unique book - a type of "portable support-group" for anyone who may lack supporters, suffer feelings of grieving alone, or who simply seek a bit more understanding. The last lines of the "Preface" sum up the meaning and purpose of this book - ". . .there is something extremely powerful that exists between people who are bonded in traumatic experience. We can help each other. As you make your journey through sorrow toward acceptance and healing, I hope you find empathy and reassurance in the pages of this book." -- Kymberly Smith
HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND AND GRIEF
Laurel Lagoni et al
Integrates theory, research and clinical application of methods to help human clients cope with grief from pet loss. Case studies and specific interventions for the professional.
I'll Always Love You
Hans Wilhelm; Childrens; Paperback; 1989
In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood, suit the simple text perfectly.
IZZY & LENORE. TWO DOGS, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, AND ME
by Jon Katz Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans.
JOURNEY THROUGH PET LOSS
Helpful information and personal experiences regarding pet loss. Topics range from support for feelings, grief phases, methods for reminiscence and memorial tributes, to issues of illness, death and burial of a pet.
Pet Loss and Human Emotion: Guiding Clients Through Grief
Cheri Barton Ross, Jane Baron Sorensen; Paperback - 164 pages (March 1998)
Pet loss is a unique form of grief that can be quite intense and debilitating, increasing an individual’s vulnerability to subsequent stress and leaving them feeling isolated and misunderstood. Although society accepts that grieving over the death of a loved one is not only normal, but healthy and necessary, grieving over the loss of a pet is often seen as something childish. Expressed feelings often go unvalidated, leaving the bereaved embarrassed and ashamed. This unique guide is written for all professionals helping clients deal with the loss of a pet, and serves as a practical introduction to the field of human-animal bonding. Citing several case studies, it describes various techniques for helping clients when the bond with a pet is broken. The authors present a step-by-step guide to leading clients through this special kind of grief and offer valuable practical guidelines. Until recently, books dealing with this topic have been aimed at the veterinary community. Pet loss needs to be addressed by therapists and others in the helping professions, to better enable them to help their clients through the loss of their companion animals.
PET LOSS, A THOUGHTFUL GUIDE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
Herbert Nieburg & Arlene Fischer
How to cope with grief whether the end comes through old age, illness, accident, or euthanasia. Answers questions to help you express those feelings and come to terms with the loss.
SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THE PET YOU LOVE
Lorri Greene & Jacquelyn Landis
Solid psychological bereavement techniques that will support you in your grieving process and help you find your own path to recovery.
The Heart That Is Loved Never Forgets: Recovering from Loss -- When Humans and Animals Lose Their Companions
Kaetheryn Walker, Jeannine Ann; Paperback - 143 pages (December 1998)
Stories that address the grieving process of humans and animals who have lost their companions and that give advice on how best to help yourself and others recover. * Gives practical advice on recovery, including self-care, support * systems, and homeopathic recipes, and also discusses the painful * topic of euthanasia. * The first book to address the topic of animal grief at the loss of a * companion, explaining how to recognize grief in animals and how to * help them heal. Anyone who has lost a treasured animal companion knows that this can be as devastating as losing a human loved one. Unfortunately, our society's sympathy with this loss is not commensurate with the actual grief people feel. Kaetheryn Walker fills this void by presenting true stories of the grief process she and others went through after the death of their animal companions. She gives practical advice on recovery, including daily self-care, support systems, and homeopathic remedies, and discusses the painful topic of euthanasia as well. Her book is also the first to address the important topic of animal grief at the loss of a companion. She explains how to recognize grief in animals and how to help them heal.