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Bereavement Books

The following books were carefully chosen by the Fundraising Committee and are personal favorites. Dog Heaven is a beautifully written and illustrated children's book. The simple text gently explains the concept of life after death and is suitable for any age dog lover. It's OK to Cry contains warm, compassionate stories that help people find hope and healing after the death of a beloved pet.

Dog Heaven (by Cynthia Rylant) Newbery Medalist Rylant makes her debut as an illustrator in this warm, whimsical picture book about a wonderful place where all good dogs go for an endless supply of ham biscuits, good meals and lots of petting. Colorful, primitive childlike pictures mesh beautifully with the innocence of the text turning the mystery of dying into an adventure spent with happy welcoming four-footed friends. Sure to be a favorite of any doglover.

Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590417010; Dimensions: .38 x 11.93 x 8.31; Softcover; 32 pages; Price: $17.50 .

It's OK to Cry by Maria L. King, Maria L. Quintana, Shari L. Veleba, and Harley G. King. Sixty-two people, from the US, Canada and England, who have lost pets share their stories. These warm and compassionate stories help people find hope and healing after the death of a beloved pet. Included are stories of Robert Weatherwax, Sr., the owner and trainer of Lassie and Jack Hanna, former zoo director and frequent guest on Larry King Live.

K ∓ K Communications; ISBN: 0965593606; Printed on acid-free paper with library quality binding; Softcover; 304 pages; Price: $19.95

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