Being Brave for Bailey
Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Pet

How We Got Started

Being Brave for Bailey was written by a veterinarian, Dr. Corey, for her niece, Lexie, who had an aging dog named Bailey that developed liver cancer.  Lexie's mom is a teacher and knew that bibliotherapy (teaching children through reading a story) would be the best way to introduce the topic of losing a pet in a non-threatening and loving way. 

Over the years, Dr. Corey was often asked for assistance and tools to help explain the loss of a pet to young children.  The death of a family pet is often a child's first experience with loss and parents need a tool to broach the sensitive subject, especially since they are grieving at this time as well.  After extensive research and assistance from an elementary counselor, she wrote and published Being Brave for Bailey.  It is her goal to make a book available in every library in the United States so that families have access to this resource when they need it. 


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