Rev. Eliza's Books:

A Child's Book of Blessings and Prayers A Child's Book of Animal Poems and Blessings The Seasoned Soul: Reflections on Growing Older

A book of reflections on growing older, available from Skinner House Press on March 1st.

Rev. Eliza's Affiliations:

Rev. Eliza is a UUA minister
Rev. Eliza is an affiliate minister at the First Parish of Brookline


Resources for Caregivers

refilling the well for caregivers

Loving our fellow animals can be mysterious, rewarding, and delightful. Weaving them into our lives, our families, can also be challenging and even painful. To help enrich such relationships, to help with challenges and to ease loss, I’ve compiled a list of books and internet sources that I’ve found supportive, inspiring or informative- or all three. Please feel free to email me with your favorites; together we can grow this list of resources.

– Rev. Eliza

Especially for Caregivers:

  • At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness, by Arthur Frank, Mariner Books
  • Tell Me Where It Hurts, by Nick Trout, Reader’s Guide Press
  • Val Heart and Friends. Animal communicators, trainers, and behaviorists offer practical and responsive advice for animal companions.
  • Monica Collins: Ask Dog Lady: Advice on Dogs, Life & Love (of dogs). Solid advice, questions answered in clear yet fun ways, and an inspiring appreciation of our animal friends.


  • Following Atticus, by Tom Ryan, William Morrow Publishers.
  • The Wisdom of Donkeys: finding tranquility in a chaotic world, by Andy Merrifield, Walker & Co.
  • Pack of Two, by Carolyn Knapp, Random House.
  • Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process, by Irene Pepperberg, Harper-Collins Publ.
  • Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, by Jennifer Holland, Workman Publishing Co.
  • Born Free, by Joy Adamson, Vintage Press.
  • Wesley the Owl, by Stacey O’Brien, Free Press.

Animal Behavior:

  • Paw Talk is a lively and well-presented series of articles on a variety of subjects – appealing to animal caregivers of any kind of animal.


  • Goodbye, friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski, Stillpoint Publishing.
  • Saying Good-Bye to the Pet You Love, by Lorri A. Greene and Jacquelyn Landis, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  • Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell, Random House.
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, By Earl Grollman, Beacon Press, Boston.
  • The Wonderful Kite, by Jan Wahl, Delacorte Press.
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst, Atheneum.