Pet Loss Books for Children
Pet loss article by Dr. Wendy Khentigan
Children do not respond to death in the same way as adults. The reaction of a child is typically more natural and curious until it is influenced by adults. The death of a family pet is often the first death experienced by a child. How this is handled will influence the child for the rest of his or her life. Children naturally develop strong attachments to a family pet and may relate to a pet as a sibling, playmate or special confidant. Children need guidance and support to understand their loss and to mourn that loss.
Pet Loss Grief Books for Children
Memories of You : Pet Memory Book (Helping Kids Heal Series) by Eraiinna Winnett and Lucia Martinez (2014)
This is for kids ages 6 to 12 with lots of exercises that will help a child talk about their feelings. A useful tool for parents to start discussion with their kids about the loss of their pet. Get the book.
When A Pet Dies by Fred Rogers (1998)
Beloved childhood figure Mr. Rogers helps the very young understand the death of their pet. An important first book to help explain death to a child. Get the book.
Pet Loss and Children: Establishing a Healthy Foundation by Cheri Barton Ross (2005)
Great resource for parents to understand how children experience grief and loss. Get the book.
When Shiner Died: A Children’s Book About Pet Loss by Rebecca Hauder (2010)
This is a moving book both for children as well as adults. Best read with Kleenex in hand. Get the book.
Fragile Tears: Stories and Guidance For Youth by Alan Blain Cunningham Ph.D., D.V.M.,M.D. (2005)
A heartwarming book with many personal stories. Sure to bring tears and comfort to animal lovers of all ages. Get the book.
Wendy 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.