Anne McCaffrey, RIP
It was Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern series that first hooked me on dragons. I was 11. At 46, I still believe.
In the world of Pern, when a rider died her dragon would immediately go "between" never to return. When a dragon died (or went between) all the other dragons would instantly cry out as one to honor their fallen sister. I can hear the dragons crying tonight.