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When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing
Alan D. Wolfelt
187965136X
April 2004
Paperback
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Parents Express
"A compassionate, practical guide for pet lovers."

Book Description
Affirming a pet owner's struggle with grief when his or her pet dies, this book helps mourners understand why their feelings are so strong and helps them overcome the loss. Included are practical suggestions for mourning and ideas for remembering and memorializing one's pet. Among the issues covered are understanding the many emotions experienced after the death of a pet; understanding why grief for pets is unique; pet funerals and burial or cremation; celebrating and remembering the life of one's pet; coping with feelings about euthanasia; helping children understand the death of their pet; and things to keep in mind before getting another pet.


For Every Dog an Angel

0965922529


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Dog Fancy Magazine, May 1999
"Whimsical language and pastel watercolors will mesmerize children of all ages." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Oregonian, January 20, 1998
"If you've never had a dog companion, this book will give you a picture of what it's like. It's like magic." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses
John W. James
0060084294
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
It would be a pity if this interesting, humane, and practical book were read only by parents of recently bereaved children--for two reasons. First, the book is about grief in a broad sense. Its lessons apply not only to the child whose pet, aunt, or parent has died, but also to the child whose parents have divorced, who has suffered a debilitating injury, or who has experienced other forms of traumatic loss. Second, let's face it: every child will suffer a loss at some point, so it behooves parents to be prepared in advance. As the authors say, "our task as parents is to prepare our children to deal with the experiences they will have."

It's unfortunate that the book has what might be considered a common structural flaw in self-help books. All of Part I (about 50 pages) is devoted to examining various myths about...



What it feels like to lose a pet

0971543097


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Book Description
It is okay to cry and say good-bye when your pet dies. This book teaches children how to deal with the loss of a pet.


Pet Loss
Herbert A. Nieburg
0060926783
Mar 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Thoroughly researched and expertly written, this comprehensive guide is a must for animal lovers dealing with the loss of a pet. The death of a pet can cause enormous feelings of sorrow, guilt, and loneliness for children and adults alike, whether the end comes through old age, illness, sudden death, or euthanasia. Yet pet owners are often inhibited in their very real grief, even if the animal was considered a full-fledged family member, a child's favored playmate, or an elderly person's faithful companion. In Pet Loss, the authors acknowledge and encourage such grief, and assert that pet owners must learn to cope with the death of an animal as they would with any significant loss--by expressing their feelings and coming to terms with their grief. At once a practical guide and an emotional support, Pet Loss...


The Loss of a Pet: A New Revised Edition
Wallace Sife
0764579304
September 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
If you snicker at the notion of a book devoted to pet bereavement, consider that that very lack of sympathy may have brought the book into being. Sife, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based psychotherapist and the founder of the Association for Pet Bereavement, addresses the pet owner whose grief at a pet's death is largely misunderstood or even ridiculed by friends, associates and society in general. Although his topic easily lends itself to touchy-feely disquisitions, Sife is to be commended for offering information that is not only compassionate but concise, wide-ranging and, above all, practical. For example, he defines stages of grieving, interpolating case studies to demonstrate those instances where expressions of mourning mask deeper problems. He composes dignified rejoinders to those who launch a "perceived assault" on...


Weep Not for Me
Constance Jenkins
0285634925
May 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
The death of a beloved companion animal can cause as much grief as the death of a human being, and it may be more difficult to bear if others fail to appreciate how acute the pain of loss can be. This poem provides the comfort that helps to bring acceptance of a pet's death. The book includes addresses of societies that offer grief counseling to those who have lost a companion animal.

About the Author
Constance Jenkins composed this poem to comfort her sister who had just lost her much-loved cat. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.


Pet Loss: A Spiritual Guide
Julia A. Harris
1590560280
October 2002
Paperback
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Book 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Millions of American households include animal companions. The grief that follows the death of an animal companion has...


When Only the Love Remains: The Pain of Pet Loss
Emily Margaret Stuparyk
0968454208
February 1, 2000
Hardcover
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Dr.Marty Becker,DVM,coauthor of "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul"
"I laughted, I cried, I was uplifted! This book was extraordinary and brought back powerful memories into my consciousness."

Mary Montgomery, author of "Goodbye My Friend:Grieving the Loss of a Pet"
"Emily's poems are written with a warmth and honesty that plumb the depths of the grieving heart."

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I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand--: A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss
Pat Palmer
0915166828
January 2000
Paperback
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Pet Loss and Children
Cheri Barton Ross
041594919X
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support Group, Santa Rosa, CA. Presents information to assist in helping children cope with the loss of a pet. Details the situations a counselor can encounter with pet loss. Topics covered include euthanasia, special types of loss, and types of support and therapies. Softcover.


Good-Bye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet
Mary Montgomery
1879779005
January 2001
Paperback
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For Every Cat an Angel
Christine Davis
0965922510
December 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
For Every Cat An Angel celebrates the timeless connection between people and their "forever cats." From the moment a kitten is born, the book tells us, a guardian angel watches over it, loving the kitten no matter which path it chooses in life. Some cats are adopted into loving families and the angel is happy knowing her cat will always be loved and cared for. But sometimes the angel knows someone very special is waiting for her cat, so she sends the cat through the stars until it arrives at the place it is meant to be - at the home of its forever person, where it will become a forever cat. Once a forever person and a forever cat find each other, nothing can ever separate them. Filled with colorful illustrations, For Every Cat An Angel will delight cat lovers young and old and bring comfort to anyone who has had to...


Paw Prints in Heaven
James L. McClinton
059532228X
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Finally, Biblical insight for Christian pet owners struggling to cope with the loss of a beloved pet or explain it to a child. Paw Prints In Heaven? is a systematic study of The Bible that explains God's plan for animals in eternity. Christian pet owners who don't know what The Bible teaches, or cannot reconcile their beliefs with church doctrine, will find comfort and assurance in Dr. McClinton's compelling examination of scripture. Part One explores Biblical teachings on the origins of man and animals, their respective roles and relationships in life, and their eternal destinies after death. McClinton explains his findings clearly and supports them with scriptural references. Part One ends on a positive note that is certain to bring relief to Christian pet owners facing the loss of a cherished companion. Part Two...


Fitness Unleashed! : A Dog and Owner's Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together
Marty Dvm Becker, Robert Md Kushner
0307338584
May 2, 2006
Paperback
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Review
“With a doggy fitness partner encouraging you to take a brisk tour of the neighborhood, you have everything to lose and gain. Two thumbs and two paws up for Fitness Unleashed!” —Dr. Mehmet Oz, coauthor of the bestselling You: The Owner’s Manual

“I appreciate the fact that Fitness Unleashed! is based in science and filled with easy-to-use techniques, and is proven to work. This is a simple, safe, and surefire way to lose weight, gain health, and feel more alive.” —Dr. Ken Cooper, chairman and CEO, Cooper Aerobics Center

“It’s too bad dogs can’t read! But you can, so take the advice in Fitness Unleashed!, act on it, and share it with your canine pets. You’ll both live longer and better!” —Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld,...


Pet Loss & Human Bereavement

0813813271
Jan 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Describes the grieving process that occurs when people lose pets and suggests ways of helping individuals to cope.


Chicken Soup For The Horse Lover's Soul: Inspirational Stories About Horses and the People Who Love Them
Jack Canfield
0757300987
July 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Fans of National Velvet and the Black Stallion may enjoy Canfield and Hansen's latest collection of heart-warming stories, which targets devotees of all things equine. Divided into seven sections-"A Special Bond," "Horses as Teachers," "These Amazing Animals," "Horses as Healers," "On Companionship and Commitment," "Horse...cetera," "And They're Off"-the book contains 93 stories about "the horse's intelligence, versatility and intuitiveness." Vikki Marshall writes warmly about how her carriage horse, Lynn, walked right past a group of noisy firemen and smoldering timbers as part of her job in "The Wedding." Craig Wilson remembers his amateur run down the Saratoga Race Course in "Down the Stretch He Comes, Hanging on for Dear Life." Other stories describe the pleasures and difficulties of owning, and losing, these...


All God's Creatures Go To Heaven
Amy Nolfo-Wheeler, N. A. Noel (Illustrator)
0965253104
October 1, 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
The angel paintings of artist Nancy Noel beautifully portray Amy Nolfo-Wheeler's story of Jacob, a child angel on a journey of discovery. This keepsake book, in heavenly color, features a glow-in-the-dark cover. An inspiring message of hope and joy for children and other youthful spirits.


Healing the Pain of Pet Loss
Kimberly Smith
0914783793
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Grieving the Death of a Pet
Betty J. Carmack
080664348X
January 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Rocky's loss taught me how deeply we grieve for our loved animals, the intensity of pain and the length of time it can last," writes Betty Carmack, a nurse and professional pet loss counselor. In Grieving the Death of a Pet, Carmack draws from her experience of counseling more than two thousand people who have lost a beloved pet, as well as the loss of her Rocky and other furry friends. She offers the book as a kind of pet-loss support group to counter "a world that reminds us repeatedly that grief for an animal doesn't count as much as grief for a person." It's poignant and sometimes heartrending, filled with personal stories of love and loss as well as Scripture and thoughts on faith. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine &...


Three Cats, Two Dogs
David Congalton
0939165376
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
David Congalton survived every pet lover's worst nightmare-the simultaneous death of his five animal companions due to a sudden house fire. This memoir is a refreshingly honest account of the heartache faced by Congalton and his wife. Congalton describes his grief process, unabashed. His story begins with tragedy and ends with redemption-the formation of a new animal family. He depicts anguish transformed into a commitment to abused and abandoned animals. Three Cats, Two Dogs is a down-to-earth read that offers tremendous solace and practical suggestions for coping with grief. Anyone who has an animal companion, and fears the day when he or she may die, will find this story inspirational and hopeful.

From the Publisher
The Dog Writers Association of America has named Three...


Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs
Caroline Knapp
0385317018
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Caroline Knapp is head over heels in love--not with a human being, but with her mixed-breed dog, Lucille. From the moment Lucille first locked eyes with Knapp through the bars of an animal shelter cage, the intelligent, pointy-eared mutt began to transform Knapp's life. Reeling from the deaths of both her parents, a breakup with a long-term boyfriend, and her newly won sobriety after a 20-year battle with the bottle (which was skillfully chronicled in a previous memoir, Drinking: A Love Story), Knapp found in Lucille not only companionship, but "consistency, continuity, connection. In a word, love." Although she doesn't regard Lucille as a replacement for alcohol and lost loved ones, Knapp does believe "that in loving her I have had that sense of being filled anew and essentially redirected, an old...


Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul 2: Tales of Passion, Achievement and Devotion
Jack Canfield
0757304028
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
This follow-up to the surprise hit, Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul, brings to the page the adoration we have for our horses with inspiring, funny and tender stories. Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul II is filled with inspiring stories of rescue and rehabilitation, heartbreaking losses, dedication and commitment, and positive messages of responsibility and unconditional love. Readers will enjoy uplifting and humorous stories that depict the horse's intelligence, versatility and intuitiveness; they will discover the horse's healing powers, marvel at the graceful performance of a Grand Prix Dressage winner, be awed by the stamina and strength of a working horse and the athletic prowess of a champion racer. In exchange of our love and companionship, horses teach, heal us, protect us and guide us. ...


A Special Place for Charlee
Debby Morehead
0965404900
July 1996
Paperback
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From Booklist
Gr. 3^-6, younger for reading aloud. Floppy-eared Charlee (feminine for Charlie) was already part of the family when narrator Mark was born. Boy and pup grew up together and were best friends and playmates. Years later, when Charlee needed to be euthanized because of heart failure, the entire family mourned the dog's death. Charlee's vet encouraged Mark to share his feelings of sadness and grief with those he loved. In fact, Mark's family set aside a special time to sit together in the backyard and remember Charlee. They made a scrapbook to collect their memories and planted a flowering bush near Charlee's favorite backyard spot. Yet Mark's sadness lingered until, finally, time and an understanding neighbor helped heal his pain. This simply told story is right on the mark in legitimizing a family's, and particularly a...


Old Dogs Remembered
Bud Johns (Editor)
0912184124
June 1, 1999
Paperback
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Dog & Kennel Magazine, December 2000
"...Johns has collected the most poignant, sad and even humorous tributes to departed dogs that have ever appeared in print."

Booklist, June 1 @ 15, 1993 (review of hardcover edition)
"Only the coldest dog owner would not give his or her dog a hug and extra treat after reading these."

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Eating Stone : Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
Ellen Meloy
0375422161
September 13, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It takes a bit of obsession to sit on sandstone ledges and watch desert bighorn sheep through a telescope for a year. This is just what Meloy (who died last November), shortlisted for the Pulitzer for her The Anthropology of Turquoise, did to slake her thirst to understand a group of sheep in Utah's canyonlands—a group she nicknamed the Blue Door Band. In this record of her study, Meloy, like the best naturalists, is a keen observer of the landscape and the habitat it provides. The band, just back from the brink of extinction, clings to the edges of the cliffs suspended in what Meloy calls "an island" of "deep landscape." She is concerned with the impact of the loss of the wild on humans' ability to exist, once wondering if losing species will "leave us brain damaged." However, a surprising levity...

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