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Pet Loss Books for Adults by Dr. Wendy Khentigan

 Pet Loss Books for Adults

When a family pet dies, your feelings of grief surrounding that loss are real and deserve the same respect as if it where any other family member. Wendy Khentigan, M.D. is a psychiatrist who addresses grief and trauma in her every day practice in Encinitas, California. Wendy provides a list of her favorite pet loss books for adults that assist in coping with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet.

 Pet Loss Books

Goodbye FriendGoodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet, by Gary Kowalski (2012)

Although this is a brief book, it provides warmth and comfort incorporating spiritual aspects to coping with grief. Get the book.


Going Home, Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz

Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, by Jon Katz (2012)

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz, a natural storyteller, provides an intimate look at saying goodbye to the pet you love. A heartrending book that all animal lovers will find refreshing and honest in its depiction of grief over pet loss. Get the book. 


The Pet Loss CompanionThe Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, by Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio and Nancy Saxton Lopez (2013)

Good advice on taking care of yourself and loved ones in times of grief. A concise guide with lots of information based on years of experience. Get the book.


How to Roar - Pet Loss Grief Recovery BookHow To Roar: Pet Loss Grief Recovery ,by Robin Jean Brown (2005)

This is a how to guide on working through grief with exercises to journal. This may be of particular benefit to anyone going through loss of their first pet. Get the book.


You can Heal Your Heart by Louise Hay and David Kessler

 You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After A Breakup, Divorce or Death, by Louise Hay and David Kessler (2014)

This is a wonderful book that addresses grief and provides support, comfort, and practical advice about how to minimize suffering. There is a chapter dedicated to honoring pet loss, however, entire book contains information that may be of benefit to anyone experiencing loss. Get the book.

Dr. Wendy Khentigan - Pet Loss ExpertWendy A. Khentigan, M.D. graduated from New York Medical College. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California San Diego where she served as a chief resident during her final year. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has completed her certification in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, a technique particularly effective in addressing grief as well as trauma. She has been in private practice in Encinitas since 1994. A lifelong animal lover, she has a special interest in animal welfare and the people who care for animals.

Pet Loss Resources by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Pet Loss Resources

Perhaps the biggest hurdle for pet owners suffering with grief after the loss of a pet is reaching out for help. Many owners are not even aware that such resources exist. The grief of a loss is compounded when you don’t have a support system that recognizes just how intense the grieving process can be after the loss of a beloved pet, but help and understanding is out there.

Here are some of my recommended resources for bereaved pet owners:

Pet Loss Resources to Read

The Loss of  a Pet BookThe Loss of a Pet, by Wallace Sife. There are plenty of books about losing a pet on the market, but what makes this book stand out is how practical and pragmatic it is as a resource for both pet owners and pet professionals. While being sympathetic and demonstrating deep compassion for bereaved owners, Dr. Sife’s focus in this book is to help you understand the grieving process particularly as it pertains to pets and gain a better knowledge of why you are feeling the way you are.

Pet Loss Resources to Type

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement – This site has an extensive catalogue of references for owners going through the bereavement process, but what really makes it stand out are the online chat rooms. Six days a week, chats staffed by trained pet loss counselors can give you a person to talk to without having to leave your living room. There is even a separate chat for anticipatory bereavement, for owners whose pet has not passed but is experiencing terminal illness.

Pet Loss Help – Another good source of resources for bereaved pet owners.

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang - Pet Loss ExpertJessica Vogelsang, DVM is an author, veterinarian, and owner of the award winning pet-centric website Dr. Vogelsang is a regular contributor to multiple online publications on topics related to pet health and the human-animal bond. Dr. Vogelsang is currently practicing as a hospice care specialist with Paws into Grace in San Diego, and has a special interest in helping loving pet owners through the difficult end of life stage.