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The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating to a family or to an individual. We have collected here some sites and articles that might help you realize you are not alone.


  • A Message to Wayne (editorial by Lori Jo Oswald, STOP’s director)
  • Parting with a Pet – when is it time to make the decision? MSNBC
    editorial about a writer’s experience with his cat (see quote at right).


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  • Nieburg H A, Fischer A. Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children. New York, Harper & Row, 1982.
  • Kubler-Ross E. Death, The Final Stage of Growth. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Simon and Schuster, 1986.DSCN0324
    Church J A. Joy In a Wooly Coat; Living With, Loving & Letting Go of Treasured Animal Friends. Tiburon, Calif, H J Kramer Inc, 1987.
  • Grollman E A. Talking About Death:A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Boston, Beacon Press, 1990.
  • Quackenbusch J, Graveline D. When Your Pet Dies: How To Cope With Your Feelings. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1985.
  • Anderson M. Coping With Sorrow On The Loss of Your Pet. Loveland, Colorado, Alpine Publications Inc., 1996.
  • Lee L, Lee M. Absent Friend. Bucks, England, Henston Ltd., 1992.
  • Montgomery M, Montgomery H. Goodbye My Friend. Minneapolis, Montgomery Press, 1991.
  • Sife W. The Loss of a Pet. New York, Howell Book House, 1993.
  • Lemieux C M. Coping With the Loss Of a Pet. Reading, Penn, Wallace R. Clark, 1988.

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  • Viorst J. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. New York, Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1971.
  • Rogers F. Mr. Rogers’ First Experience: When a Pet Dies. New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1988.
  • Wilhelm H. I’ll Always Love You. New York, Crown Publishers Inc, 1985.
  • Sibbitt S. Oh, Where Has My Pet Gone? A Pet Loss Memory Book. Wayzata, Minn, B. Libby Press, 1991.
Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone
here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows
and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play
together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our
friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health
and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and
strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days
and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for
one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone
who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one
suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are
intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from
the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have
been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The
happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so
long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…

Author Unknown


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Top and bottom photos are by David Jensen of Alaska Petography.