Included are ideas for rituals and ceremonies‚ spiritual guidance and readings for solace. Kowalski includes advice on how to take care of yourself after the death of a pet and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event.
Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love
Lorri A. Greene, Ph.D.
Written by a psychologist who is a leader in the field of pet bereavement‚ this practical but sympathetic guide validates the survivor’s often misunderstood feelings‚ explains the importance of the human ⁄ animal bond‚ and offers strategies for working through the grieving process. Topics include memorializing the pet‚ recognizing problematic thinking‚ finding support‚ dealing with guilt and explaining the pet’s death to a child. The special needs of the guardians of working animals are addressed‚ as are self-help resources for the elderly.
Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide
This book helps readers to understand the many emotional reactions to the loss of a pet‚ assist children in coping with and recovering from their loss; and learn how different spiritual belief systems recognize and counsel pet loss. Practical topics include what happens at a pet cemetery burial‚ cremation or home burial; what legal arrangements are available; how to develop a ceremony to honor the pet; and how to cope with the trauma of a terminally ill or runaway pet.
Three Cats‚ Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss
The author talks about how he transformed his anguish over the loss of several pets into a commitment to abused and abandoned animals. This down–to–earth book offers solace and practical suggestions for coping with grief.
Coping with sorrow on the loss of your pet
A wonderful, helpful book filled with information and guidance. Treats a serious subject with sympathetic feelings. An excellent guide allowing us to understand that we are not alone with our grief. Written in a clear, friendly style. It takes a pet owner by the hand and walks him through the stages of bereavement, offering explanations and coping strategies at every step. The message is one of love, common sense, and practical information. The wealth of information given by pet owners makes the book come alive.
Grieving the Loss of Your Pet: How to Survive the Journey
This book deals compassionately with grieving the loss of your pet. It can happen under different circumstances such as trauma, illness, selling, disappearance or even theft. The phases of grieving are discussed along with struggling with the possibility of euthanasia, helping a friend grieve the loss of an animal as well as teens and children coping with pet loss. It also covers ways to help prevent theft and disappearance. It talks about pets going to Heaven. It covers remembering your pet and the emotions of choosing when to replace your beloved pet with a new one. And it talks about bonding with your new pet after losing your old one.