This is my recommended reading list which I spoke about in my previous blog, What To Say When A Pet Dies – Helping Children to Cope With The Death Of A Beloved Pet.
Having a list of books to refer to and that you can read to your child on How to deal with the death of a pet, is one of the ways experts recommend helping them work through their grief.
Coping with the loss of a pet involves coping with the emotions surrounding the pet and then accepting these emotions to move towards healing. Children’s emotions can be strongly determined according to their age group. Having reading matter to help them deal with their grief is a recommended tool to use.
For ease of use I have included a link to each book, to Amazon, to make purchasing it easier for you. Just click on the picture of the book you are interested in.
The Invisible String
While this book is not aimed directly at pet loss, it has sold over 40 000 copies and offers the perfect tool for dealing with grief, separation anxiety and loss. We have recently lost our precious cat under tragic conditions and I happened to have The Invisible String, which I ended up reading to my six year old son. He related so well to the story and when he misses Amber our cat, we chat about the invisible string that connects her to us, I highly recommend this book.
Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents
This is a comprehensive book that deals with all aspects of pet loss. The author is a qualified Pet Loss Grief Expert, and uses her personal experiences to deliver the tools necessary to help cope with pet loss and how to move forward.
The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise
This is a magical story for pet lovers of all ages. Adrian Raeside captures the special bond between humans and their pets, and with marvelous illustrations, brings a gentle humor to a story that will resonate with children and pet lovers of all ages. Click the image for more information.
This book is a comfort to readers young and old who have lost a dog. There is a companion book, Cat Heaven, if you have a lost a cat.
Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss
This book offers a comforting look at loss and healing, for children of all ages. It is filled with positive and realistic help.
Finley Finds Heaven
A look at how an 8-year old handled the death of his dog, for more information click on this link.
My Heart Hurts: A Grief Workbook for Children
While not strictly aimed at pet loss, this is an amazing book to help children and adults work through grief. For more details click on this link.
Saying Goodbye to Lulu
This is a tender book about a young girl coming to terms with the fact that she will have to say goodbye to her dog Lulu. For a fuller review please click on this link.
There are a large selection of books available to help guide you and your child through the grieving process. This is a small list, but one that I hope will help you, and if you do not find the book you are looking for it may help to guide you in the right direction.
Please let me know if any of these books have been of value to you, your comments are always appreciated.
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