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.

Table of Contents

Children’s Literature
    Older readers
    Middle Readers
    Younger Readers


Aries, Philippe and Helen Weaver. 1982. The Hour of Our Death: The Classic History of Western Attitudes Toward Death over the Last One Thousand Years (2nd edition). Vintage. [not animal-focused]

Becker, Earnest. 1973. The Denial of Death. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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).

Desmond, Jane C. 2012. “Animal Deaths and the Written Record of History: The Politics of Pet Obituaries.” Making Animal Meaning. Michigan State University Press, pp. 99-111.

——-. Displaying Death/Animating Life: Embodying Trans-species Relations between Animals and Humans. University of Chicago Press (Under Contract).

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.

Hertz, Robert. 1960. Death and the Right Hand. (reissued by:) Routledge. [not animal-focused]

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.

Kreider, Tim. 2014. A Man and His Cat. in New York Times, Menagerie. August 1.

Kuzniar, Alice. 2006. Melancholia’s Dog. Chicago: 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.

Mitford, Jessica. 2000. The American Way of Death Revisited. Vintage. [not animal-focused]

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.

Sloane, David Charles. 1991. The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History. The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sullivan, Daniel and Jeff Greenberg, eds. 2013. Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black. Palgrave Macmillan. review


Boyer, François. 1950. The Secret Games. New York: Harcourt, Brace. [later turned into the film The Forbidden Game]

King, Stephen. 1983. Pet Sematary. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Hamilton, Walker. 1968. All the Little Animals. London: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd.

Stein, Garth. 2008. The Art of Racing in the Rain. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.


Burton, Tim, director. 2012. Frankenweenie. Tim Burton Productions. Los Angeles.

Chaffey, Don, director. 1964. The Three Lives of Thomasina. Disney Studios. Los Angeles.

Clément, René, director. 1952. Forbidden Games (original title: Jeux interdits). Silver Films. France. [part of The Criterion Collection].

Dayton, Lyman and Sam Pillsbury, directors. 2003. Where the Red Fern Grows. Bob Yari Productions.

Lana, Jun, director. 2012. Bwakaw. Cinemalaya. Philippines.

Lee, Chung-Ryoul, director. 2008. Old Partner (Wonang Sori). Studio Neurimbo. South Korea.

Morris, Errol, director. 1978. Gates of Heaven. DVD. Los Angeles, CA: MGM Home Entertainment, 2005.

Ritt, Martin, director. 1972. Sounder. Radnitz/Mattel Productions.

Children’s Literature (older readers)

Gallico, Paul. 1957. Thomasina: The Cat who Thought She was God. New York: Doubleday.

Children’s Literature (middle readers)

Armstrong, William H. and James Barkley (illustrator). 1969. Sounder. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Cooney, Doug and Tony DiTelizzi (illustrator). 2002. Beloved Dearly: Requiem for Fluffy. New York: Simon & Shuster Children’s Publishing Division. (ages 9-12)

Rawls, Wilson. 1961. Where the Red Fern Grows: The story of two dogs and a boy. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. (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 February 19, 2015

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