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“This wonderful book is the best guide I know of that can help us deal with the death of our animal companions, whom the more we love the more we will grieve.”
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

The bond we share with animals is especially pure: one hundred percent love, undiluted and unadulerated.  Because the relationship is so direct and powerful, the grief we experience when our pets die can be profound and intense.


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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Revised edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160868086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680863
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was desperately searching for some comfort after the loss of my beloved dog, when my daughter found this book for me. This book was such help and comfort and made me feel better after reading it. Of course, I cried a lot during my reading of the book but it is very healing. I was very impressed that the author knows the heartache that many people experience in losing their pet that he took a six-month sabbatical leave to write this book in order to help people deal with their loss. I am truly grateful to him for doing this.
Please read this book if you are suffering from the loss of your pet. This book can help bring you comfort.
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I read this book a few months ago after I had to put my pal Puddin Head to sleep after 11 wonderful years. This book gave me the most comfort and relief of the four I read. In fact, the reason I am here is to order another copy for my best friend who is facing this ordeal today.
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This is a short book which I read almost in one sitting. It is beautifully written, and I cried a lot while reading it. (In fact, the title, "Goodbye, Friend" made me cry just about every time I saw it). But the chapters are too short. The inevitability of death and how it integrates into nature's (and God's) plan is mentioned often.

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.
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After losing my beloved cat "Red" to cancer, I began searching for something about the death of animals and where they may go. It was a hard search...something people do not talk about these days. I found Goodbye Friend and it helped relieve the sorrow and pain of losing Red. It also helps to understand that what you are going through is normal. Also that you are not crazy because you grieve for your "family member" (e.i. pet) like a human. It helps to understand that everyone has their own process to get through their own loss. The poems and little stories were nice to reflect upon. This book barely touches on animal afterlife...but is a very good book with good information, reflective thoughts and validates your emotions and what you are experiencing. Another good book which has short stories of afterlife happenings of pets is "The Soul of Your Pet". ---- Bless all who have loved and lost a special animal companion for your lives are the richer!
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After 2 painful weeks as our beloved 18 year old cat declined rapidly, we made the decision to end his suffering this morning. This book not only helped us make that difficult decision, but provided comfort and strength to us thoughout the ordeal. Perhaps most important is the author's validation of our feelings and acknowledgement that our animals are very important parts of our lives. I'd recommend this book to anyone, and I am on line now to buy two more copies as gifts- one for the wonderful vet who came to our home this morning and helped our friend to a gentle, peaceful passing.
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I recently lost my beloved Big Boy, Major. I purchased several books to help ease the pain and provide insight into understanding my feelings and how to cope with them. This book was by far the best. It is extremely well thought out and addresses the loss of a pet from a number of angles. The quotes and poems were a very nice touch.
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I recently lost my cat of 16 years to cancer. And we lost his brother last year to another type of cancer. It was extremely hard. I bought a few books to get me through this hard time. I found this book very comforting during this grief period. Saying goodbye to both of my cats was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. But after reading this book, it gave me a spirtual, comforting, uplifting feeling.

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.
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In his new book, GOODBYE, FRIEND, Gary Kowalski writes about the connection people feel for their animal companions and the depth of the loss often experienced when these friends die. His voice is authoritative, spiritual, and calming. Like his 1991 book, THE SOULS OF ANIMALS, this book celebrates our profound and humbling kinship with our fellow creatures.
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
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