Grieving the Loss of a Pet offers guidelines on how to deal with the death of a pet. It was published by the Irish Hospice Foundation in partnership with Solace Pet Loss Ireland and sponsored by Allianz Pet Insurance. download leaflet

Grief and Loss was written for the Irish Veterinary Journal (Volume 63 Number 1 IVJ Jan 2010).
Following a workshop on pet loss, hosted by the IHF, Annie Kilmartin (Solace) Orla Keegan ( IHF) and vet Angela Hickey came together to focus on pet bereavement from a number of different perspectives.  download article

Faithful Departed was written by Michael Kelly for the Irish Times (16.02.2008). link to article

RTÉ's The Afternoon Show (30/03/2010) interviewied vet Angela Hickey and Susan Delaney from the IHF about pet loss and bereavement.


Barton Ross, C. (2005) Pet Loss and Children
Carmack, B. (2003) Grieving the Death of a Pet
Greene, L. and Landis, J. (2002) Saying Goodbye to the Pet you Love
Barton Ross, C. and Baron-Sorensen, J. (2007) Pet Loss and Human Emotion
Straub, S.H. (2004) Pet Death
Allan, N. (1996) Heaven

These books are available on public loan from the Theresa Brady Library at the Irish Hospice Foundation.

 Tel: +353 1 6793188


Anderson, M. (2011) Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet (Dog Ear Publishing)
Hill, A. (2005) Do Animals Have Rights? (Icon Books)
Mason, J. (1997) Dogs Never Lie About Love (Random House)


by John O'Donohue from Benedictus: A Book of Blessings

Nearer to the earth’s heart,
Deeper within its silence:
Animals know this world
In a way we never will.

We who are ever
Distanced and distracted
By the parade of bright
Windows thought opens:
Their seamless presence
Is not fractured thus.

Stranded between time
Gone and time emerging.
We manage seldom
To be where we are:
Whereas they are always
Looking out from
The here and now.

May we learn to return
And rest in the beauty
Of animal being,
Learn to lean low,
Leave our locked minds,
And with freed senses
Feel the earth
Breathing with us.

May we enter
Into lightness of spirit,
And slip frequently into
The feel of the wild.

Let the clear silence
Of our animal being
Cleanse our hearts
Of corrosive words.

May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed stillness

So that our minds
May be baptised
In the name of the wind
And the light and the rain.

FRAGILE CIRCLE by Irving Townsend

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.

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