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The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  12 reviews
If you've found yourself almost inconsolable after your pet died, please know that you're normal. If you've found that your family and friends don't seem to understand the level of your grief, please know that, too, is normal. Without comparing our relationships with our pets to those with people, we know that, because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Taylor Trade Publishing
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Rena Sherwood
Oct 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I knew I was in trouble when I read the dedication -- a plea to give money to a specific charity. Hitting me up for money as soon as I crack open a book about dealing with pet deaths?


It doesn't stop there. This book is bascailly a 200 (or so) page long advertisement for some grief system workshop or meeting-group thingy. There's also a section written by a pet cemetery and crematorium. At least I think so. I gave up about page 50.

There were plenty of other things wrong with those first 50 pages
Mandi Miller
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I have so much guilt associated with Daisy's illness and subsequent death that I felt like I needed to find a way to deal with all of these emotions in a healthy way. I came across this book and, while extremely repetitive, it was helpful in getting me to think about the things associated with Daisy that felt unfinished. I was able to identify the things I needed to apologize to her for, I thought about some of the negative things I needed to forgive her for (there were only a few), and finally, ...more
Nancy Madlin
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful suggestions for moving through loss and letting go. Comforting to have this, because pets become part of our hearts and our families, yet their lives are so much shorter than ours...
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
My mom got me this book at the library after recently having to put my cat of 17 years to sleep. At first I wasn't ready to read the book it took me awhile to be ready. Some of the stories of other pets passing away were hard to read. It has things you can do in the book to help you with your greif. The one idea I liked and will probably do when I'm ready is to write a goodbye letter to your pet. I liked the story in the end of the book about the family that started a pet cemetery for people to ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Recovery from grief or loss is achieved by a series of small and correct action choices made by the griever." This book was so helpful to me after the loss of a fourth pet as an adult. This pet was very special and passed around the same time that many pivotal people in my life also passed. It is okay to be grief-stricken when you lose a pet! This book gives sound steps for moving out of your grief around the loss of a pet. Now, I have something to recommend to families when they lose a pet...g ...more
J Crossley
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grieving
This book on grief specializes with the grief one faces with the loss of a pet.
Amy Softa
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

I was browsing through the new books for request over at Net Galley and came across this title and new I needed to request it. I am a huge animal lover and the only point in my life that didn’t include one or many companion animals was the years I spent in college, even then I had a fish for a few months (the only pet allowed in dorm). If you have pets it is natural that you are going to lose pets; be it to
Melissa Montgomery
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Truly am grateful for this book. Needed a gentle outline/ framework that could assist in processing the enormous and varied feelings that seem to shift at times moment to moment after the loss of a treasured family member/ dog. Am appreciative this book is written in a such a has applicable exercises and examples that allow for reflection.
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did the exercises in this book, and I felt better afterwards. So it gets two stars instead of one. The frequent references to "the proper" and the "the right" served up judgments of people who "get stuck." There was an increasingly arrogant tone throughout. Women's voices were missing, which did not appear to be an oversight.
Rose Ann
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a big help to me as I worked through my feelings after losing a beloved dog and cat within 2 days of each other. I am still having trouble moving on but I do feel that this book helped me a great deal.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone that is or has ever grieved the loss of a pet. I rarely give anything a 5 star rating, but this book definitely deserves it!
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