- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2002

Books for parents

• "The Loss of a Pet," by Wallace Sife, Hungry Minds Inc., 1998. Mr. Sife, a professional bereavement counselor, helps readers understand the grief process.

• "Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Ever Lost a Pet," by Gary Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing, 1997. A minister offers healing words in this book.

Books for children

• "The Tenth Good Thing About Barney," by Judith Viorst, Athenaeum, 1971. This classic book about Barney the cat lets children know it is all right to be sad and cry.

• "Badger's Parting Gifts," by Susan Varley, Mulberry Books, 1992. Woodland friends mourn the loss of their friend in this book.

• "I'll Always Love You," by Hans Wilhelm, Crown Publishing, 1989. A boy expresses his love for Elfie, his departed dachshund, in this book.

Associations

• Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, PO Box 106, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Phone: 718/382-0690. Web site: www.aplb.org. This nonprofit group is dedicated to supporting those going through pet loss. It offers publications, referrals to local counselors, online pet memorials, message boards and chat rooms.

• American Veterinary Medical Association, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Phone: 847/925-8070. Web site: www.avma.org. This professional association offers advice for consumers, too, including tips on pet loss and how to make the difficult decision about euthanasia.

Online

• The American Animal Hospital Association (www.healthypet.com) has information on many pet-related topics, including the loss of a pet, on its Web site.

• Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has many suggestions for dealing with pet loss as well as links and recommended books on its Web site (www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/changes).

• Rainbow Bridge (www.rainbowbridge.com), a Web site organized by pet lovers, has virtual memorials and message boards to remember departed pets.

Hot lines

• Many veterinary schools staff phone lines for people to call if they are having a hard time coping with the loss of a pet. Some lines are not staffed full-time, but callers may leave a message and a counselor will return the call.

• Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine:

540/231-8038

• Ohio State University: 614/292-1823

• Cornell University: 607/253-3932

• University of Illinois: 217/244-2273

• Colorado State University: 970/491-1242


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