Pet Loss Workshop featured at General Mills World Headquarters

The General Mills Employee Club Wellness Committee sponsored our workshop “Saying Goodbye To Your Animals” based on the book by us (Allen & Linda Anderson). It was a heartfelt workshop. Attendees seemed to benefit from discussing practical ways to healthfully grieve and heal after pet loss.



Endorsements from Readers of SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS By Allen and Linda Anderson



“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a wonderful, and comforting book! I recently lost my beloved dog of 15 years. I was heartbroken. I decided to seek some help and found this book. It truly is comforting. The way it is written and the references are excellent. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has lost a dear pet. My heart goes out to you, as I know exactly what you are going thru. Only pet owners who love their pets as family know what I am talking about.”

–M. Maniaci (Largo FL), Book Review


“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a very effective Book for dealing with the loss of Your pet. Allen and Linda Anderson never fail to deliver a wonderfully well-written book. This book is no exception. It contains a lot of useful information about dealing with the sadness and grief that anyone inevitably feels upon the loss of a pet. I think the best part of the book is that it offers many different ways to honor your pet’s memory and celebrate the life of your beloved pet regardless of your religious or spiritual preferences.”

–Kim Link (Cumming, GA), Book Review


“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a wonderfully helpful book. In June we lost our dog Brownie to cancer. I was having a difficult time dealing with my grief, so I decidied to buy this book after looking into it and a few others. It was extremely helpful. There were inspirational stories, ways to deal with your grief, and meditations that help you to mourn and honor the life of your precious animal friend(s). I liked this book because it not only had great stories and advice, it also had a great reference section in case you wanted to work outside of the book.

The book is very sensitive to the pet owner’s needs, no matter how your pet left you. I recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of a pet. I also went to the book’s website and signed the guestbook, the next day I received a personal e-mail from the authors. They are very thoughtful people.”

–guitargreek, Book Review


“I can look toward the future now. This is a great book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet]. First of all I loved the Rainbow Bridge Poem. This book really touched me in a way that I didn’t think would be able to in a time of terrible grief. It helped me through each stage of my grieving process. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or loved one.”

–rdhmommy6346, Book Review


“Incredible book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet]. Fantastic and soooo comforting book for anyone who has lost a pet, I had a darling dog who was severely abused before I had him, and I only had him for three years before he passed over,from cancer, unexpectedly, he was the love of my life and this book is and was incredibly helpful in helping me through the agony of his loss. I would highly recommend this book for anyone going through the agonising grief of losing their beloved pet.”

–Nessa44, Book Review


“Saying my goodbye. I bought this book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet] before my 10 year old cat, Koda died from oral squamous cell carcinoma. The stories gave me comfort in just knowing that none of us are alone in how we all grieve for our beloved family members. I found comfort in this book and at times they made me cry, because I could truly feel their pain in what each person had to endure and how they coped. The Andersons have put out other books that I have enjoyed reading. A must read, you won’t regret this book.”

–Koda, Book Review


“This book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet] is a gem! This book has so many healing words, it’s so wonderful to know that this comforting book is available.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who is grieving for a dear animal companion, to anybody whose heart is hurting for the loss of a beloved animal companion.

The author’s words are so wise, the exercises are so helpful.

This book is a gem, a treasure.”

–I Know It, Book Review


Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is the best book on animal loss. I was having a really hard time with the loss of my beloved dog child and after 5 months, I thought I would never get  over it. But I found this book and along with a few others really allowed me to grieve and say good bye to the most special creature I’d ever known.”

–Susan van Rooyen, Book Review


Full List of Books by Allen and Linda Anderson

A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them

Horses with a Mission

Angel Animals Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals

Angel Dogs with a Mission

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope

Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort

Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love

Angel Animals: Divine Messenger of Miracles

You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson



Book Reviews 

“Allen and Linda Anderson’s book gives us permission to acknowledge the intense bond we have with our animal companions and the deep loss we can experience after their deaths. It provides helpful stories, exercises, and memorial services respecting a variety of beliefs. Infused with kindness, their work offers us help, hope, and a rainbow during the storm. I have learned from it and will celebrate and share it.”

–The Reverend Mary Piper, Episcopal priest and chaplain, cofounder of the pet loss support program at Heart of the Valley Humane Society in Bozeman, Montana


“Th masterful and beautiful book is rich with wisdom, inspiration, and sound advice. With sensitivity and compassion as well as practical information, the Andersons gently and deftly guide us through the complex labyrinth of emotions associated with grief. I highly recommend this thoughtful, illuminating, and comforting book.”

–Diane Pomerance, PhD, creator and director of the Pet Grief Counseling Program, SPCA of Texas, and author of When Your Pet Dies

“As a veterinary medical correspondent and lifetime pet lover, I believe in both the power of pets and the power of stories to heal. This book. . .offers a wide range of healing activities, wise information, compassionate reflection, and practical help for honoring and memorializing the life of your pet.”

–Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on ABC’s Good Morning America and author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

“Let me say this about Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: I love it. I treasure it. The Andersons have left no question unposed, no conflict bypassed, no reflection unacknowledged. If you are facing or have faced the loss of a beloved animal friend, let this book be your companion and your comfort. There exists no better exploration of this landscape of loss.”

–Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and Why Buffalo Dance

“In this latest offering, the Andersons prove themselves to be the very angels and divine messengers of hope they write about in their Angel Animals series. Helping readers understand and successfully navigate the turbulent waters of grief, they remind us that the bond of love between a human soul and an animal soul is never broken and that the spiritual connection that binds us with a beloved animal never dies. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is fine reading for those who seek to better understand the agony of pet loss and priceless gift of compassion and love for anyone anticipating or coping with the loss of a cherished animal companion.”

–Marty Tousley, certified hospice bereavement counselor specializing in pet loss and author of Children and Pet Loss and The Final Farewell

“Allen and Linda Anderson care about those who have experienced loss. With warmth and sincerity, they provide many suggestions and resources to help you through the healing process. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals inspires and brings comfort to anyone who has lost a beloved animal companion.”

–Niki Behrikis Shanahan, author of The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven’s Gain and There Is Eternal Life for Animals

“I especially appreciated this book’s [Saying Goodbye] consistent message that animals are sentient beings who we can communicate with in meaningful ways both before and after their deaths.”

–Species Link Magazine, Winter 2009

“In this wise and comforting guide to pet loss, [Saying Goodbye] the authors, well known for their “Angel Animals” anthologies, have written a simple and heartfelt examination of what to expect when faced with the death of a beloved pet.”

–Sally Rosenthal, Best Friends Magazine, January/February 2009

“…very well-written book and I have already recommended it to several people who’ve written to me recently on the passing of their beloved cats.”

–Pauline, editor,


Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet


Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

Do you have a friend or relative who has had a pet die?

Would you like to know that others understand how you are feeling?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is a book and website devoted to helping you remember, mourn, and honor your beloved pet.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is also the title of our book, published by New World Library. We hope this book will offer consolation to those who must deal with the underestimated depth of grief that accompanies a pet’s death or disappearance from home.

Read excerpts from the book at website, See if it helps you to navigate the troubled sea of emotions that have poured over you following the death of a pet.

Who We Are

We are Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of a series of popular anthologies published by New World Library about the benefits and complexities of human animal companionship.

Over the years, thousands of people have written and called us about their experiences with pet loss. We have personally experienced the loss of our own animal family members. So we know firsthand how devastating pet loss is and what a hole it leaves in a person’s heart.

We have designed our book and website to assure you that you are not alone. That what you are feeling is a normal aspect of grief and loss.

Consider holding a pet memorial service or making some other tribute to the animals who have graced your life.

We believe:

–The love of your animal companion will never die.
–Only the physical body is gone.
–The spirit lives on.
–You’ll see your pet in heaven.

If you believe these things and they bring you comfort, it doesn’t matter what any one else says. You know they are true. We support you in the spiritual approach to pet loss and healing.

We are here for you. We understand. We care.

Animal blessings,
Allen and Linda Anderson
Founders, Angel Animals Network