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Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet Paperback – March 13, 2012
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Dr. Michael W. Fox, veterinarian and syndicated columnist
Saying goodbye to a pet soulmate is something we dread but must inevitably accept. Goodbye, Friend offers answers that are woven into a tapestry of care, compassion, and unconditional love for the pets with whom we’ve shared our hearts and homes. Then, we can become much more than our pet’s best friend we can become healers, teachers, and angels for our friends and family when they, too, lose a beloved pet.”
Marty Becker, DVM, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
The death of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to bear. This insightful and compassionate book will help readers accept the grief and move on in their lives.”
Philip Gonzalez, author of The Dog Who Rescues Cats
Uplifting, comforting, spiritual. If you have an elderly or ailing animal companion, please read this book!”
Alex Pacheco, cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
From the Author
As a parish minister, I often counsel those seeking comfort in time of loss. And as an animal lover myself (having accompanied two fine dogs to the end of the trail and helped my children struggle with the loss of an assortment of parakeets, rodents, and goldfish) I know the emotional roller-coaster firsthand.
There are no timetables for healing. There are no easy repairs for an aching heart. While I can't offer any way around the pain, I can share what's helped me and assisted others in finding peace, for you are not alone on this journey. Through the centuries, people of varied faiths (as well as poets, physicians, veterinarians and philosophers) have accumulated insights that help us face death with hope and wisdom, with gratitude for the years we share, with trust in the mystery that is at once beyond our ken and present in every living creature.
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Top Customer Reviews
Please read this book if you are suffering from the loss of your pet. This book can help bring you comfort.
My beloved cat and best friend was only 5 years old when she was tragically killed by a car a few weeks ago. This book mainly focusses on comforting those who's animal has lived a long full life and has now passed on. There are only a few pages devoted to sudden, accidental death of a young animal who should have lived much longer. I needed more comfort than this book could give, for this case. It is a lovely book, but it did not help much in my situation.
Recommended as a short, comforting read for those who's animal has aged and died (or had to be euthanized), but not recommended for someone in the shock and extreme grief of suddenly losing their animal in the prime and vitality of it's life.
It will take awhile to get over my babies, but in the meantime, I have plenty of wonderful memories to remember them by and to help me get through.
The book covers subjects like talking to children about death, the healing power of nature and creating ceremonies to honor a dead pet. The author, who was facing the prospect of losing his own dog, Chinook, when he wrote this book, shares some beautiful reflections on birth and death and the continuum of life. His love for his own dog, his wisdom about animals, and his gentle, reflective spirit have combined to create a poignant and wonderful book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Would highly recommend in the loss of our precious companions.
Very well written and helps with your grieving of your best friend.
It's time someone devoted some time to help grieving pet parents.Published 26 days ago by Julie Bug
This book helped me during an extremely difficult loss. I plan on purchasing for a friend/family member when they lose one of their beloved pets. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kara Holt
Great book! Helpful information. Will use a lot, for references too. Great price.Published 1 month ago by D. Schmiedl
This is a great book for anyone who has lost a pet. I found it helpful after my pet passed away and I was letting go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kiddo