"... gives grieving pet owners a plan for healing... ideal for people who prefer a live voice to text." -- Cat Fancy Magazine, September 1998
"Finally, someone has integrated the psychological and spiritual aspects of grief recovery with grounded intelligence and tender compassion. Bravo!" -- Barbara Derbin Reitz, MSW, LCSW
An inspiration and opportunity for personal reflection. Listening to your genuine words of compassion reassured my beliefs and touched my heart. Your soft gentle voice expressed the compassion shared throughout the tapes. The entire content was brilliant and admirably detailed. -- Kim Lanham-Synder, Novato, CA
I was inspired by the concept of "love without limits" in the section on loving across species--comforting and beautiful! -- Marijane Michalowicz, Medford Lakes, NJ
Teresa Wagner compassionately offers understanding, comfort and help for anyone facing the loss of a beloved pet. -- Judy Tatelbaum, The Courage To Grieve
The guided meditation is a very gentle, nurturing way to approach and embrace that which is so profoundly painful and scary. . .to finally acknowledge the passing of a beloved. -- Donna Ferina, Albany, CA
This is the best book on pet loss I've ever read. I recommend it to all who seek my help. This extraordinary audiobook is for everyone. Listening to Wagner's message will protect the bereaved from overwhelming despair. It will inspire all of us to reach toward a fuller recovery. -- Stephanie LaFarge, PhD, Director of Counseling Services, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Very realistic, powerful and helpful advice. While it is very educational, it lets the listener know that you are truly speaking from your heart and that you have definitely been there. -- Jacqueline Ellis, Portland, OR
Wagner's profound experience with grief, and with those who grieve, has created the foundation for her extremely wise and hopeful Legacies of Love
. In this indispensable guide, Teresa Wagner offers understanding to survivors while providing them with both vital information and creative inspiration. This is a rich and in-depth resource for anyone who is dealing with the loss of an animal loved one. -- Carol Staudacher, Beyond Grief, Men and Grief, and a Time to Grieve
Your words have been a "bible" to me. They go with me everywhere, because when I feel a wave of pain I listen to your words and I know I'm not nutty for feeling this crazy pain. -- Brooke Emsley, W. Boothbay, ME
From the Publisher
Here at Matters of the Heart our mission is to nurture the people who love, serve and grieve animals through our publications, consultations and workshops. When we first read the Legacies of Love
manuscript, we were immediately excited about its great potential to heal people on the planet who deeply love animals. Legacies of Love
offers a new message in the pet loss literature in a profound way. It is the first to openly challenge and dissolve the myth that it is not quite healthy, and perhaps even wrong, for humans to bond with, love and grieve animals as much as they do humans. We rejoice in the explosion of a myth which has left too many people feeling that something must be wrong with them for grieving deeply for their animals. We believe that many of us are being challenged at this time to truly learn what healthy, reciprocal, loving, mature relationships are all about and that quite often the best teachers of this love are animals. Love is the most powerful force in the world, and it doesn't matter where we learn about love or who that love is exchanged with, only that it's experienced. We think that learning about love from animals and loving animals as much as humans is something to celebrate! In this audiobook you will feel the power of that celebration to assuage and help heal your grief.
Legacies of Love is also the first pet loss book to integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of grief recovery, and does so with grounded intelligence and tender compassion direct from the author's heart. For all of you who deeply love and grieve animals, we wish you many blessings and hope Legacies of Love will be a powerful part of your healing journey.
Look for the print edition of Legacies of Love in late 1999. Check out our web site at Cyberark.com/grief support for information on our workshops.
A portion of all Matters of the Heart proceeds is donated to animal shelters.