When a pet dies, it is very sad and heartbreaking to see them go. You know they can’t live forever, but you don’t want to part with your furry friend. The books Cat Heaven and Dog Heaven, both by Cynthia Rylant, are great books that can help you and young ones cope with the grief of losing an animal. Pets are irreplacable, loving animals, and my sympathy goes out to all who have had a pet die. It will get better.
These books are about Animal Heaven and where animals go when they die. The book explains all of the happy things an animal can do there, like play with catnip afloat in the sky, watch the old house they used to live in, and curl up with God in the sky. This story will give you bittersweet feelings of missing your pet, but it may make you feel a little better believing they are in a better place. This gives young readers the chance to think of their late pets in a more upbeat way.
Recently, my cat Brody passed away. He was 18, and I had known him my whole life. I was really sad when he died, and I still am. This book did bring me some comfort in knowing that Brody could be in Cat Heaven, happy as ever.
I recommend these books to families who recently lost a pet. (The people at the pet crematorium let us borrow them.) It can be really hard, but sometimes just reading about pet deaths from a more positive outlook can turn things around.
I rate this four out of four roses!