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The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups

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Everyone who's ever loved an animal companion will find wisdom and solace in this book. The authors share stories drawn from decades of experience leading pet loss groups and practicing family therapy. Their recommendations for taking care of yourself and loved ones during the rough spots of grief will answer all of your important questions and help you feel well-supported ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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having just lost my cat of 18+ years, maybe this will help the giant hole in my heart.
Oct 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was helpful. It's small, so I could read it all in one day. The explanations it offered about why I'm feeling certain ways made me cry more but it also made me feel better to know other people experience the same things and that my grief is justified and not overdramatic. It helped me with my guilt too, which is also a common emotion when you have to say goodbye to an animal. I'm definitely going to be referring back to it over the next few months when I need to. I wish there were any ...more
brian d rogers
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very useful, and I firmly believe it came to me in perfect timing in a will beyond my own. I had just put down my black lab of a little bit over 12 years, to a progressive throat paralysis complication. this meant my scheduled appointment at the vet, was the last ride I would ever take with my special girl. the first 3 days after her passing we're filled with agonizing loss and grief, tears the likes of which I thought I would never cry. I believe that I do what I can to do con ...more
Kara Russell
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Nancy often reminds people that deciding to euthanize means deciding to end suffering rather than deciding to kill. Your pet experiences their final moments here not as a time of betrayal but as moments in which your care for them continues. Trust is not betrayed but, rather, fulfilled by your decision to provide an easier transition. "
This booked helped me so much, but especially the passage about euthanasia. If your grieving the loss of a pet, this is a must read.
This book reminded me alot of "It's ok that you're not ok" in that it focuses on acknowledging the range of feelings and reactions that grief may encompass. That acknowledgment is very soothing.

Something I found especially interesting (and helpful) was the section describing why the depth of grief can be so profound after losing a beloved pet.

This is a wonderful book that I recommend to anyone mourning the loss of their pet.

Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book the week I had to say goodbye to my beloved cat, Boo. The authors of this book have put together something very comforting to those of us having a hard time with our grief over losing our pets. The book is concise, compassionate, and addresses so many of the things swirling around in our minds during this time. I highly recommend it to anyone grieving the loss of an animal companion. There are many passages I will be coming back to again and again in the future.
Cecil H. Glenn
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salve for an open wound

Dear Drs Ken and Nancy. It's been two weeks since we said goodbye to our precious Lucy. (Lab mix) we've had many dogs but she was special. Your book is what I needed to put this grief into perspective. Thank you
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first week or so after my beloved Shade passed, my companion for nearly 20 years, I was inconsolable. It was difficult to focus on much of anything. I just sat there replaying those final moments over and over, the last few days, rollercoastering through feelings of disbelief, anger, guilt, regret.

The only thing that helped, oddly, was to read about it. Reading support forums, other people's stories, articles, and eventually books. I really appreciated this book as it wasn't heavy on rel
Carolina Ariza-Luna
Nov 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a great self-help book for anyone who is grieving/has grieved the loss of a pet. I found this book through a video of someone who was also grieving a pet. It is an easy, quick read on purpose. There is a lot of helpful information and this book has helped me find a little more relief as I continue to grieve my companion animal. The book can be read in a few hours, however, I needed breaks because it did bring up a lot of emotions.
Jul 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I list Barley on July 8, 2022. I’ve lost pets before and grieved for them. As expected, saying goodbye to Barley and healing from losing him by my side is one of the hardest things I’ve had to live through. This book made me cry and has helped guide me toward healing while being gentle and kind with myself, accepting that there is nothing wrong with me while I struggle to complete all of my life tasks.
Kathi Roach
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book was recommended to me after the loss of my dog Dakota. I found it to be very helpful. Lots of encouragement & reassurance that it’s ok & in fact normal to grieve the loss of your pet. What I liked: its short & helpful. Including real stories. What I didn’t like: the two authors co-writing style. I’d have preferred 1 author or a clear distinction of who was “speaking.”
Morgan Lindey
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is wonderful for anyone who has lost a furry friend over the years. Wheather your grief is new and raw, or old and a memory this book is great for you. It really helps to settle the mind and the heart, while giving great tips to help you cope. I would recommend this book to anyone in any profession. It is important to understand the human-animal bond, and it's effect on people. ...more
Lindsey Taylor
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine a more perfectly and compassionately written resource. This is the second pet loss book that I've read and the difference between them was quite noticeable. To anyone who has lost a pet, or knows someone who has, I deeply encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. It has helped me in ways I cannot explain at this time. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, full of empathy and practical tips for dealing with the loss of a companion. Short chapters make it easy to digest, and personal stories help with processing your own grief. Definitely recommend.
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful and an easy read. At the very least it is written by two people who have dedicated their lives to this work and have degrees in social work counseling.
Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Written by a therapist, this book shares perspectives on grieving a lost pet. This and their podcast has been very helpful to me during this trying time mourning my baby Tofu, who passed in October. I recommend grieving pet parents check this out. Helps me to feel less alone in my grief.
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