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
partnership with Solace Pet Loss Ireland and sponsored by Allianz
Pet Insurance. download leaflet
Grief and Losswas 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
Departedwas 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
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)
TO LEARN FROM ANIMAL BEING 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
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.