Losing a pet is heartbreaking but comfort can be found between the pages of a book. Through glorious artwork and beautiful prose, the following 10 books can help people of all ages cope with the loss of a pet.
Animals on the Other Side, written by Silvia Browne and Chris Dufresne, talks about the life of animals on the Other Side. The book is almost like two in one with the story of Browne’s beloved West Highland Terrier, Jolie, romping through the fields, along with a description of how all animals live on the Other Side. Learn how animals in spirit visit us after they have passed, how they spend their time on the Other Side and how they will be the first to greet us when our time comes to cross over. The soothing, soft pastel illustrations by Jo McElwee are a beautiful compliment to the story.
Written by Adrian Raeside, The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise is about a boy’s trip to the Rainbow Bridge to visit his dog. It’s a place where “you never run out of bones,” the catnip is plentiful, toys are everywhere, everyone is allowed on the couch and love is eternal. Knowing his old dog is safe and happy the boy is able to move forward and love another dog that really needs a home.
With amazingly beautiful illustrations, The Rainbow Bridge by Steve Bodofsky takes the reader on journey into the afterlife of animals where there is no sadness or suffering. Animals have healthy bodies again and there are fields where they can run and play. Finally, they are reunited with their humans for all eternity.
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant has bold and colorful illustrations. It describes heaven as a place where angels love and care for the kitties. There are toys to play with and gardens to roam, and a big bed to nap in when playtime is done.
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant is a place where dogs can run and run. When they’re tired from running, angels provide snacks and God makes soft cloud beds for them to nap. The illustrations are big and colorful and make readers feel good just looking at them.
The Amazing Afterlife of Animals describes author Karen Anderson’s gift of communicating with animals. She offers an in-depth explanation of how this works and provides samples throughout the book of actual clients and and interactions with their animals. The book has won 16 national and international awards and is a number one best seller on Amazon.
For Every Cat an Angel is a sweet little book written and illustrated by Christine Davis. In it each kitty that is born is given a guardian angel, who cares for them while they grown and eventually helps them find their person and a forever home. The person and kitty have a lifetime of friendship. Even when the cat crosses over the angel helps him stay connected to his person until its time for the person to cross over as well.
For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis describes the unconditional love of each dog sent to earth. When they find their forever person it’s like magic. After a lifetime of experiences together the dog will move on to the other side but the bond with their person will never be broken. Beautiful illustrations carry the reader through this story.
Pet Heaven by Pamela Wessinger has a simple story that imagines animals learning new tricks, playing video games and chasing kites. For me the feel good part of the book is the illustrations which are sweet and funny depictions of animals having a wonderful time doing various fantastical activities in heaven.
The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst is a precious story of a boy who loses his his dog, Jojo. He is hurting and angry but his friend, Emily, explains how an invisible leash will always connect his heart to Jojo. The book is sweet and touching and it provides a realistic view of how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet.