Lost Companions
Reflections on the Death of Pets

Our society is still learning how to dignify the relationship between a pet and their human with proper mourning rituals. We have only recently allowed the conversation of how to grieve for our non-human family members to come front and centre. In examining the special bond between pets and their people, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson validates the grief that we feel when a special pet dies. Lost Companions is full of poignant stories about dogs, cats, horses, birds, wombats and other animals that beautifully illustrate the strong bond humans form with them. A heartfelt exploration of human grief after the loss of a pet by the New York Times bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love, Lost Companions is a thought-provoking book on pet loss. Masson takes a personal approach, allowing readers to explore their own responses, suggesting ways through and out of grief, as well as meaningful ways to memorialize our best friends.


What Others Have Said

“A thoughtful examination of a heartbreaking thing that happens to many of us, the death of a beloved pet, Lost Companions is a beautiful book about a largely ignored subject, and will help many people.”

– Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Lives of Dogs

“This is not only an important book, it's a beautiful book - and absolutely essential reading for anyone who's ever loved and lost an animal companion. No other writer can shine a light into the very heart of the human-animal bond like Jeffrey Masson.”

– Gwen Cooper, author of Homer's Odyssey