The Loss of a Pet

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Wiley, Aug 19, 2005 - Pets - 276 pages
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Understanding helps heal the hurt when you lose a pet

A cherished pet gives you boundless, unconditional love and occupies a special place in your routine, your home, and your heart. When your pet dies, that warm, special place becomes a sad, empty space. This book helps you understand:
* The grieving process, including typical stages of grief and techniques for coping
* Grieving for a missing pet, one you had to give up because of a change in life situation, and other difficult circumstances
* Children and the death of a pet
* Euthanasia, including important considerations
* Religion and the death of a pet, with articles by various religious leaders
* Aftercare facilities, including an extensive index of pet cemeteries, crematories, and memorial gardens


The Loss of a Pet, Third Edition has new expanded information, is filled with practical suggestions, resources, and most importantly, compassion and understanding. This important book helps you cope and reassures you that you are not alone.

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User Review  - Kacie223 - LibraryThing

A very good book on coping with the loss of a beloved pet. I bought this when I lost one of my dogs and it was quite helpful in dealing with the grieving process. Read full review

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Highly recommend this book. I am also getting ready to read this book for the second time. Our beloved Doberman died suddenly last evening from Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Tess was only a little over five and never showed any symptoms. When we lost our first Dobie 4 years ago, I found this book , the grief was unbearable. This book did not take away my pain but helped me to cope and have more peace. Only another pet owner can understand the true grief we go through when our companion dies and this book covers all areas with much compassion. Through teary eyes I will end this review and begin the book once again. This pain is so unbearable right now....but am looking forward to the peace I know this book offers. Blessings to all of you who need this book now..my heart goes out to you. 

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About the author (2005)

WALLACE SIFE, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and internationally renowned authority on pet bereavement. The first edition of his celebrated classic won the prestigious Maxwell Award for the best nonfiction pet book of 1993. Dr. Sife founded and is the President of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB), a nonprofit organization. In addition to counseling individuals, he trains other counselors to help grieving pet lovers.

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