Chapter 1: Understanding Your Loss
The Value of a Pet
Chapter 2: Emotional Reactions
Anger · Guilt · Denial · Depression
(Read this chapter online!)
Chapter 3: Coping Strategies
Acknowledging Your Feelings · Adjusting to Your Loss
Chapter 4: A Family Affair
Sharing the Healing · Helping Children Cope · Four-Legged Family Members
Chapter 5: Welcoming a New Pet
What Your Pet Would Want · When is the Right Time? · Not a Replacement
Chapter 6: The Most Painful Decision
Euthanasia and Guilt · Knowing When ItŐs Time · Being There · Easing the Passage
Chapter 7: Choosing a Final Resting Place
Veterinary or Shelter Disposal · Home Burial · Cemetery Burial · Cremation · Preservation
Chapter 8: The Missing Pet
Prevention · Emergencies and Disasters · Recovery
Chapter 9: Where There's a Will
Wills and Codicils · Finding the Right Guardian · Euthanasia · Documentation
Chapter 10: Giving Up a Pet
A Special Kind of Grief · What Next? · When the Day Comes
Chapter 11: Helping a Friend
Ten Tips for Helping Others · Some Pitfalls to Avoid
A wonderful, helpful book filled with information and guidance...
Treats this serious subject with sympathetic feelings... An
excellent guide allowing us to understand that we are not alone
with our grief. Anyone who has a pet should read it.
-- Dog Week
Written with compassion and understanding; truly required reading
for any pet owner.
-- Dog World
Coping with Sorrow should be welcomed by those who are grieving
or are anticipating extreme stress and grief over the loss of a
pet. The author's presentation and knowledge of the subject offer
solace and understanding to the pet owner in need.
-- Cats Magazine
Coping with Sorrow addresses every aspect of pet loss and grief...
Written in a clear, friendly style... It takes a pet owner by the
hand and walks him through the stages of bereavement, offering
explanations and coping strategies at every step.
-- Canine Concepts
A small gem of a book... Anderson's book fills the need for a
comprehensive, yet easily read, publication on pet loss and owner
bereavement. The message is one of love, common sense, and
-- The Delta Society
This book has been needed for a long time -- like forever! The
wealth of information given by pet owners makes the book come
alive. It's a lovely thing, beautifully and generously written
from the bottom of a superb writer's heart.
-- Dog Writers Association of America
Coping with Sorrow celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007 -- 20 years continuously in print -- with a newly updated, expanded 3rd Edition! To order, please visit