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Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide Paperback – January 8, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567183476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183474
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,007,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

My roommate laughed when he saw that I was reviewing this book, but after I pointed out how close he is to his cat, he looked at the book more seriously. Sometimes as "pet owners" we don't realize how close we are to our animal companions until we loose them, and even then we're afraid or ashamed to openly mourn and memorialize them. In Pet Loss, Eleanor Harris offers valuable advice on handling this feeling of awkwardness. Rather than repressing the emotions that surround a pet's death, Harris encourages her readers to express the pain they feel and the love they remember.

About the Author

Eleanor Harris is an experienced grief counselor for pet loss. She's held a seat on the Board of Directors for The Pet Adoption League and has worked for a pet cemetery. Her writing focuses on animal rights issues, pet bereavement, and neo-pagan religions.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phil on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
When my German Shepherd died I was given three books. This was one, and the best. I'm married man with two kids. The kids were devastated, as was my wife & I. This author writes from the heart. There is a special chapter on the difficult decision of euthansia, which we needed because Teg had cancer, and a chapter on how-to help children cope. What sets this book a part from the others is that there is no psycho-babble. No new age theatrics. The author writes from a generic spiritual angle that allows you to tap into your own spirituality, even if you feel that you have none. She presents how different world religions view pet loss and how they counsel their congregations. This is just a great book that should be on every pet lover's shelf. One word of caution - make sure you get the book by JULIA Harris. It was released 2003 by Lantern Books. There is an older book by the same title written by Eleanor Harris and it's different.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having lost my beloved dog, Sasha, I read three books on pet loss. This was the only book which truly comforted my children and myself. It offers spiritual viewpoints from global religions. Doesn't matter if your Christian, Buddhist, Native American, Jewish - the author offers wisdom taken from all paths. A beautiful book which guides you through helping children cope, the difficult decision of euthansia, terminally ill or injured pets - even stolen or runaway pets. I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
I found this book two days after my beloved Amanda kitty left this world. It is a fabulous reference for grief and letting go of the pain. The rituals and exercises are touching and have really helped me. I am so glad that there is a book like this to help me know that I am not alone in my deep love for my companion animals. I am so happy that this book speaks to my religious beliefs as well. I recommend this book to anyone, whatever their religious background, but particularly those who follow a neo-pagan path.
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By DJ on November 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I appreciated the author's candidness in dealing with grief. She was straightforward and connected quickly with me. If it weren't for the fence-straddling on religious views I probably would have rated this book higher. But when I read a book I want to know the author has answers and is strong on them. I still recommend this book for general help. Thank you for writing it.
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