Full of sound, compassionate advice to get through the loss of a pet, including rituals and ceremonies, advice on how to take care of yourself, and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event.
A practical, but sympathetic guide which validates the survivor’s often misunderstood feelings, explains the importance of the human-animal bond, and offers strategies for working through the grieving process. The special needs of the guardians of working animals are addressed, as are self-help resources for the elderly.
Poignant and sometimes heartrending, Carmack offers pet-loss support to counter “a world that reminds us repeatedly that grief for an animal doesn’t count as much as grief for a person.”
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.
This book is a collection of poignant poems.
The author talks about how he transformed his anguish over the loss of several pets into a commitment to abused and abandoned animals.