General Grief and Loss
Stories and Readings
Pet Loss - Religious or Spiritual
Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski,
Stillpoint Publishing, (1998)
From the publisher:
Kowalski offers vignettes from the lives of creatures that illustrate
the qualities he considers spiritual: playfulness, capacity for love,
altruism, and awareness of death.
Maltese Crossing: Love, Loss, and Lessons of Compassion by Dr.
P. D. Sargent, Golden Reflections Publications,
Maltese Crossing is a short book, at first full of humor poking fun of
the human world, but as fate changes, full of thoughtful reflection as
the dog brings wisdom to the human, giving her a more fulfilling and deeply
meaningful life. When the dog leaves for another celestial assignment,
the human grieves deeply, mourning the loss that seems insurmountable.
Dogs Have Souls Too by George and Emily Watson, PMD Publishing,
If you have ever agonized over the decision to euthanize a pet friend,
wondered whether animals have souls or worried that there might not be
an afterlife for them, the uplifting story of this remarkable dog will
ease your mind. By sharing their experiences, the authors provide comfort
and reassurance to readers: The spirit of Miss Sarah most assuredly DOES
live on. For more information or to order visit www.dogshavesouls.com.
Spirit Dogs: Heroes in Heaven by Susan Kelleher, Owl of Athene
An illustrated short story about the narrator and her dog, Ivan, who make
a trip to dog heaven after being in a car accident. The narrator is greeted
by all the dogs she's owned during her life. One collie, who saved her
life when she was a child, explains how a dog's ultimate goal is to serve
humans in an exceptional way or to save a human life. He tells her that
all dogs evolve to this point and that Ivan is almost there. He also explains
that a dog's love for its owner is always available to that person, even
after the dog has died. Ivan remains in heaven, and the narrator must
return to Earth.
Will I See My Dog in Heaven? by Jack Wintz, Paraclete Press, (2009)
Will we see our dogs and cats in the hereafter? Does God's plan for eternity include the created nonhuman world? Franciscan friar and popular writer Father Jack Wintz brings a love for all creation and infectious enthusiasm to the serious task of exploring answers to these long-asked questions. In “Will I See My Dog in Heaven?” Father Jack admits that no one really knows what God has in mind for us in the next life. But in ten thoughtful chapters, he lines up evidence from the Scriptures, Christian tradition and liturgy, and the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, that God desires all creatures in the afterlife.