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Books for talking about Pet Loss

Books for Talking about Pet Loss

Pet Loss Books for Children

These books are recommendations and not endorsements.  It is advised for parents to read reviews of the book and read the book themselves prior to reading the book to children to ensure a proper fit to your family.                       

  • "My Pet Memory Book: To Help a Child through the Loss of Their Pet" by S. Wallace 2019  A memory book for children
  • “The Invisible Leash” by Patrice Karst 2019  Written for children but is good for adults too
  • "Grief is a Mess" by Jackie Schuld 2015  Grief in general with animal illustrations for young/early school age children
  • “The Goodbye Book” by Todd Parr 2015  For younger children ages 0-4
  • “A Rainbow Bridge for Gus: A Story about the Loss of a Pet” by Barbara Bareis Rigabar 2014  For children with a special memory page at the end of the book
  • "I Miss My Pet" by Pat Thomas 2012  For younger children
  • "Bill at the Rainbow Bridge" by Dan Carrison 2011  For older children/teenagers
  • "Forever Paws" by Christine Davis 2011  Written for elementary age children but adults can appreciate too
  • "Saying Goodbye to Lulu" by Corinne Demas 2009  For those needing a book without religious discussion
  • “Tear Soup” by Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen 2006  For children and adults about grief in general
  • "Jasper’s Day" by Marjorie Blain Parker 2004  Children's book about preparing and letting go
  • "For Every Dog an Angel" by Christine Davis 2004  For elementary age children    
  • "For Every Cat an Angel" by Christine Davis 2001  For elementary age children
  • “When a Pet Dies” by Fred Rogers 1998  An older book for younger children that explains anticipating death and death in a sensitive and factual way

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