Remembering My Pet: A Kid's Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies

Remembering My Pet: A Kid's Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies

by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette
     
 

Honest, caring words and hands-on activities to help kids accept and grow through the loss of a beloved pet.

Why did this happen? How do I feel? What can I do? What happens next?

The death of a pet is often a child's first encounter with grief. How your child learns to cope through this experience may affect his or her attitude into adulthood.

Overview

Honest, caring words and hands-on activities to help kids accept and grow through the loss of a beloved pet.

Why did this happen? How do I feel? What can I do? What happens next?

The death of a pet is often a child's first encounter with grief. How your child learns to cope through this experience may affect his or her attitude into adulthood. Drawing on concepts from psychology and a broad multifaith perspective, this supportive workbook provides a sensitive and practical resource that will help children ages 7 to 13 cope with the death of a beloved animal. Children can write, draw, read, create and express feelings via concrete, hands-on activities including:

  • Becoming a Memory Detective to piece together clues to remember their pet
  • Planning a memorial service and making a pet memorial
  • Recording photo memories of their pet
  • Honoring their pet’s memory by giving to others

Open and gentle, this book will help your child—and you as the parent—understand difficult concepts and communicate deep feelings as your child grows through this personal season of mourning.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Sensitive, inviting and respectful of both kids and animals … may help grieving young people tremendously as they take up life again after a beloved pet has died."
Sy Montgomery, author, The Good, Good Pig and Journey of the Pink Dolphins

“Provides a mirror not only into the life of a pet, but also into the heart and soul of the pet's young owner.”
Nancy Sohn Swartz, author, In Our Image: God’s First Creatures and How Did the Animals Help God?

“Spiritually wise and psychologically sound … leads parents and their children tenderly and creatively through the painful process of healing—the authors well understand that children do not lose just their pet, they lose a beloved member of their family.”
Rev. August Gold, author,Where Does God Live?

“[The death of a pet] can loom large and last long in the lives of young children (and their parents). This book provides a sensitive process for integrating this experience into a richer understanding of who all of God’s creatures are to each other.”
Eliot Daley, former producer, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; author, Father Feelings

“A beautiful workbook that allows children to express their emotions through a variety of activities.... Will help adults guide young children through the grief process.... Recommend[ed].”
Congregational Libraries Today

“Strongly recommended.... Will enable a child to express and deal with their feelings.”
Midwest Book Review

“Wonderful.... Giv[es] permission to a bereaved child to mourn a pet ... [and] teaches them also to come to terms with death.”
Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues Newsletter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594732218
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,311,590
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nechama Liss-Levinson, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice and author of When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid's Own Remembering Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyond; Talking to Children about Death; and Remembering My Pet: A Kid's Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies, as well as many articles on developmental milestones in the Jewish family, and the emotional impact of death and illness on children and adults. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Nechama Liss-Levinson PhD is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Musings, Milestones and Mayhem at Midlife
  • Not Your Bubby's Bubby: Being a Modern Jewish Grandmother
  • Talking to Children about Death
  • When a Grandparent Dies: Helping the Whole Family to Cope
  • Whose Bat Mitzvah Is It Anyway? Coming of Age and Coming Together

Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv, is senior minister of First Congregational Church of Somerville, United Church of Christ, in Somerville, Massachusetts, and has worked with children in crisis in the United States and abroad.

Lynn L. Caruso is an inspiring educator, writer, parent/child ad­vocate and mother of three children. A contributing writer to Mothering magazine, her work has been published in many other national journals and magazines. Caruso is also the editor of the first-of-its-kind Blessing the Animals: Prayers and Ceremonies to Celebrate God's Creatures, Wild and Tame and Honoring Motherhood: Prayers, Ceremonies & Blessings (both SkyLight Paths).

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