One reason a dog is such comfort when you're downcast
is that he doesn't ask to know why.

Comforting Dogs
Children's Bereavement  

This is a picture of a very large Newfoundland dog that is very gentle as the young child reads to him and pets his nose.

Friends Fur-ever.

Sometimes teams of therapy dogs and their human partners learn the children they’re visiting are going through some very troubling times. Children are often exposed to events that worry them more than they let on. Everyone needs a way to cope with anger, fear, anxiety, but sometimes young children are burdened with what should only be adult concerns.

It helps to have a buddy
to spend quiet time with.

Dealing with sadness over the loss of a person or a pet is one of the most difficult things anyone of any age has to deal with, and a gentle therapy dog can be a great comfort.

Especially for the loss of a pet:

Badger’s Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley
Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant
Sammy in the Sky, by Barbara Walsh
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst
When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers

(See more titles on the Dogone Good Books page.)

 

 

On the subject of children’s bereavement, the following books, with beautiful photos and comforting, sensitive stories, have been used and are recommended by people working with children reading to registered therapy dogs.

Books can help children
express their emotions.

Children may be afraid to talk about what's bothering them for fear of adding to their parents' stress. Encourage them to talk about their worries to help find ways to cope together.

An ice cream treat can help make any day better.

For a brief description of the following stories, click on the book titles below. If you have other titles to recommend, please send an e-mail to librarydogs@cox.net.

If Nathan Were Here, by Mary Bahr
Remember the Secret, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Heather Preston
Sad Isn't Bad, by Michaelene Mundy
Tear Soup, by Pat Schweibert, Chuck Klyen, and Taylor Bills (illustrator)
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
What We Do When Someone Dies, by Caroline Arnold
Why Did Grandpa Die? by Barbara Shook Hazen

 

 
 
 

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