Big Cat Pepper has always been part of the family, but after he grows very old and dies, the boy who loves him comes to understand his mother's reassurance that "his spirit is forever and can fly, fly, fly."
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.
Neighborhood children imaginatively stage funerals for dead bugs, but they experience real sadness following the death of a pet.
A cat whose kitten days are far behind her says goodbye to her human family, and the animals and places that have made her life special, before leaving this life behind.
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Arthur's dog Daisy is very old, and one night, after going to sleep as usual, she wakes up in heaven. Because Daisy knows that Arthur is sad, she finds a way to let him know she is very happy, the first step toward making him happy again, too.
After her great-grandmother's death, a young girl learns about heaven by asking her mother all kinds of questions.