Please add your comments/reviews below. Works included may not represent the philosophy of the Green Pet-Burial Society in either nonfiction or fiction categories (e.g., digging up ancient cemeteries or mummification), yet may contribute to our understanding of the roles that pets play in our lives cross-culturally and throughout history.
Note: If you know of a published work of fiction or non-fiction that represents or explores the theme of pet burial, please send the citation for review.
Charchman, J, Goosenberg Kent, E and A Micheli, directors. 2012. One Nation Under Dog: Stories of fear, loss and betrayal. New York: HBO Documentary Films.
Cole, Brigitte F. and Phillip E. Koerper. 2002. The domestication of the dog in general–and dog burial research in the southeastern United States. Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science. 73(4): 174(6).
Harris, Mark. 2007. Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial. New York: Scribner.
Heinrich, Bernd. 2012. Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Hirschfeld, Rachel. 2010. Petriarchy: The Complete Guide to Financial and Legal Planning for a Pet’s Continued Care. New York: AICPA.
Howell, Philip. 2002. A Place for the Animal Dead: Pets, pet cemeteries and animal ethics in late Victorian Britain. Ethics, Place and Environment 5(1):5-22.
Ikram, Salima, ed. 2006. Beloved Beasts: Animal Mummies from Ancient Egypt. New York: The American University in Cairo Press.
——-. 2005. Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt. New York: The American University in Cairo Press.
Johnston, Jay and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, eds. 2013. Animal Death. Sydney: N.S.W. Sydney University Press. review
Kenney, E. 2004. Pet funerals and animal graves in Japan. Mortality 9:42-60.
Kuzniar, Alice. 2006. Melancholia’s Dog. University of Chicago Press.
Lee, Sherman A and Nicole A Surething. 2013. Neuroticism and Religious Coping Uniquely Predict Distress Severity among Bereaved Pet Owners. Anthrozoos, 26(1): 61-76.
Morey, D. F. 2006. Burying key evidence: the social bond between dogs and people. Journal of Archeological Science. 33(2): 158-175.
——- 2010. Dogs: Domestication and the Development of a Social Bond. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Morris, Errol, director. 1978. Gates of Heaven. DVD. Los Angeles, CA: MGM Home Entertainment, 2005.
Burton, Tim, director. 2012. Frankenweenie. Tim Burton Productions. Los Angeles.
King, Stephen. 1983. Pet Sematary. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
Children’s Literature (older readers)
Children’s Literature (middle readers)
Cooney, Doug and Tony DiTelizzi (illustrator). 2002. Beloved Dearly: Requiem for Fluffy. New York: Simon & Shuster Children’s Publishing Division. (ages 9-12)
Children’s Literature (younger readers)
Demas, Corrine and Ard Hoyt, illustrator. 2009. Saying Goodbye to Lulu. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (ages 4-8)
Harris, Robie H. and Jan Ormerod, illustrator. 2004. Goodbye Mousie. New York: Alladin (ages 2-4)
Hill, Frances and Vera Rosenberry, illustrator. 2002. The Bug Cemetery. New York: Henry Hold and Co. (ages 4-8)
Viorst, Judith and Erik Blegvad, illustrator. 1987. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. New York: Atheneum (ages 4-8)
Wilhem, Hans. 1988. I’ll Always Love You. New York: Dragonfly Books (ages 4-8)
updated November 18, 2013