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The final parting from a pet is a sorrow that many feel they face alone. Is it appropriate to feel so sad over the loss of animal? To answer this question, Reverend Gary Kowalski offers a quotation from Garrison Keiller: "If this is foolish, so it be."
In Goodbye, Friend, Kowalski takes you on a journey of healing, offering warmth and sound advice on how to cope with the death of your pet. Filled with heartwarming stories and practical guidance on such matters as taking care of yourself while mourning, creating rituals to honor your pet’s memory, talking to children about death, and considering death and the continum of life, Goodbye, Friend is a beautiful and comforting book for anyone grieving the loss of a beloved animal and is a much-needed resource for any grieving pet parent.
"This wonderful book is the best guide I know of that can help us deal with the death of our animal companions, whom the more we love the more we will grieve."
— Dr. Michael W. Fox, veterinarian and syndicated columnist
"Saying goodbye to a pet soul-mate is something we dread but must inevitably accept. Goodbye, Friend offers answers that are woven into a tapestry of care, compassion and unconditional love for the pets with whom we've shared our hearts and homes. Then, we can become much more than our pet's best friend — we can become healers, teachers and angels for our friends and family when they, too, lose a beloved pet."
— Marty Becker, DVM, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
"The death of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to bear. This insightful and compassionate book will help readers accept the grief and move on in their lives."
— Phillip Gonzalez, author of The Dog Who Rescues Cats
“Uplifting, comforting, spiritual. If you have an elderly or ailing animal companion, please read this book!”
— Alex Pacheco, cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)