How do you find good books on pet loss? It used to be harder, that's for sure; now, thanks to social media and the rapid growth of user-review websites, you can find dozens of recommended books on pet loss grief. Here we offer you, in addition to our recommended reading list compiled by members of our staff; a list of book review websites where you can view the suggestions of thousands of other readers.
Our Recommended Reading Lists
As we don't want to overwhelm you with long lists, we've kept ours short; including only six books in each of two categories: books on pet loss grief for adults, and books for children. But, we're not limiting you to only six books; the section following this one details how you can use book review sites to easily search online for other valuable titles.
Recommended Books for Adults
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children, Herbert A Nieburg and Arlene Fischer, Harper & Row, 1982
When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings, James E. Quackenbush and D. Graveline, Simon and Shuster, 1985
Grieving the Death of a Pet, Dr. Betty Carmack, R.N., Ed.D., Augsburg Publishers, 2003
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, D. Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing, 1997
Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, Moira Anderson, M.Ed., Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 1996
The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process When a Pet Dies, Fourth Edition Wallace Sife, Howell Book House, 2014
Recommended Books for Children
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, Judith Viorst, Aladdin Books, 1975
Talking With Children about Death and Dying: A Workbook, M. Turner, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998
A Snowflake in My Hand, Samantha Mooney, Delacorte, 1995
When A Pet Dies, Fred Rogers, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1988
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, Bantam, 2009
Dog Heaven, Cynthia Rylant, Blue Sky Press, 1995
Using Book Review Websites
Tamar Zmora, in her 2012 Boston post, "7 Book Recommendation Websites to Find Your Next Good Read", writes "it may be in your best interest to take a bold leap of faith and browse the cyber world's book recommendation websites. Using them is far easier than stepping foot in a bookstore as a salesperson hovers near to press a purchase and much less uncomfortable than browsing a professor's bookshelf during office hours." Here are her recommendations:
Goodreads. Check out genre-specific lists as well as your friend's bookshelves; rate and review books, and create a wish list of books you'd like to read in the future.
What Should I Read Next? Enter an author or book title in the search engine, and the site will "generate a list of related books and authors based on a database of over 80,000 titles and more than one million reader recommendations."
Shelfari. Powered by Amazon, this site is "a community-supported encyclopedia. Create a profile, then build your own virtual library with your favorite titles, and see what your friends are reading."
Whichbook. Interestingly enough, this site offers suggestions based on your mood. "Though these facets are certainly unique, the site's book and author options are limited."
Library Thing. "Boasting over one million members and a book catalog nearing 70 million titles, this site is for serious book lovers." The site "lets you create a profile and view what your friends are reading, as well as browse their substantive catalog."
Gnooks. "This site is not exclusively for books–it also contains categories for movies and music. Type in an author's name, and a scattered list of relevant author names will appear, with those most closely aligned with the original author's style or genre closest in proximity."
The Staff Recommends. John Warner, a McSweeney's editor-at-large, oversees all of the site's recommendations, so if you trust his opinion, this website is for you." Here's something else you should know: because the site wants to assure readers the opinions offered are honest, "any money the site receives from user purchases through their affiliates goes directly to First Book, a non-profit that donates books to children in need."
Of course, Amazon's search engine and social review features also make it really easy to find recommended books on pet loss and pet loss grief for any age group. You really don't need to judge a book by its cover anymore; Amazon's customer reviews are much more insightful.
Can We Help?
If you're searching for the perfect book on pet loss (whether for an adult or a child), we can certainly assist you. Our staff can offer you additional recommended books based on their personal reading lists, and can share any updates to our in-house recommended reading list. Start the conversation by calling us at 916-348-4000.
Pearlman, Alex, "7 Book Recommendation Websites to Find Your Next Good Read", Boston Globe, 2012, accessed 2014