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Legacies of Love, A Gentle Guide to Healing from the Loss of Your Animal Loved One Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, April 1, 1998

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"... 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.

Check out our web site at support for information on our workshops.

A portion of all Matters of the Heart proceeds is donated to animal shelters.


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Matters of the Heart; 1 edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891864084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891864087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,909,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Teresa has deeply loved and lived with animals all of her life. Being with animals, and working to help them and the people who love them provide the core meaning, guidance, joy, and purpose of her life.

Because losing her own animals has brought her both acute emotional pain and lasting spiritual growth, she decided long ago to devote much of her work to helping others find the growth and gifts that the grief healing process can bring. In 1986 Teresa offered her first pet loss workshop. Since then she has provided counseling and workshops for thousands of people grieving the loss of their animals. Over twenty years after that first workshop she founded the Animal Loss and Grief Support Professional Program of Study which provides training and certification in this field, and has also taught grief classes for Assisi International Animal Institute.

Teresa has a master's degree in counseling, has completed post graduate work in counseling with Carl Rogers at the University of Nottingham, England, and has completed a clinical training program in PTSD with the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs. She has also studied with Elizabeth Kubler Ross, Stephen Levine, with the Grief Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and continues her grief education with classes offered by the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

In a year long consulting project with a hospice, she conducted a study to identify the competencies needed for effective grief support, resulting in the Grief Support Competencies Profile. For this same hospice she facilitated bereavement support groups and designed, facilitated psycho-educational workshops on recovering from grief. She has been a speaker at national conferences for organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States, American Humane Association, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Association of Death Education and Counseling. In conjunction with FES (Flower Essence Society) Teresa developed a flower essence formula, The Animal Relief Formula, to address the issues unique to the post traumatic stress of animals.

Teresa has also had an animal communication practice since 1991 and has worked with over 12,000 clients in over 21 countries.

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alison a mercer on March 29, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
Purchasing "Legacies of Love" was perhaps one of the best things I could have done to help me through my grief after losing my precious dog on 3/7/02. It has only been a few weeks, and I listen to Teresa's soothing voice and comforting words every day to get through this "coping" period. Her validation that deep grieving over pet loss is undervalued by many on-lookers and "supporters", but completely normal to those of us grieving, brought a sense of peace during a time when there are so many emotions. Those who have lost their companion(s) and don't know how they will go on, will find Teresa's tapes a tremendous source of comfort and graceful inspiration. In honor of my beloved Pupster, I have purchased two additional sets of "Legacies of Love" to donate to my veterinarian's office in the hope that someone facing deep grief after losing their animal will find as much comfort in her words and wisdom as I have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Callie Fulmer on July 11, 2000
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Haveing lost my beloved mare in a tragic, unexpected accedent, I have been lost and confused. It can be difficult to find someone who understands just how painful it can be to loose a close friend that happens to have four legs.
Teresa understands. She knows what it is like, and her voice is like a soothing guide to recovery. The tapes are filled with information and guidence, as well as personal experiences. I found them to be profoundly healing as I began to accept her death, and learn to get past coping. If you have experienced the death of your animal friend, you won't be sorry you bought this.
This would also be a welcome gift for those who have lost their animal friends.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Millman on February 26, 2003
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For those who have ever loved and lost a beloved, this guide is a great source of comfort. Sensitive and heartwarming, a wonderful gift when words just are not appropriate. The unconditional love of a pet is such a source of joy, but when we lose them, the heartache can be unbearable. Having been there, I understand how paralyzing grief can be. Arlene Millman...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By on September 3, 1999
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This audio book is the best resource for anyone who has had the experience of loosing an animal friend. Teresa heart was poured into this work which makes it even more powerful.
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