Betty J. Carmack - Author of Grieving the Death of a Pet
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Features of the Book

Portrays the lived experience of grief for the loss of an animal companion

Synthesis of people's stories, vignettes, and voices reflecting the significance, depth and extent of grief

Author's personal stories of her pet losses are told and woven throughout the book

User friendly, easily accessible

Spiritually grounded book, relevant to people of diverse faiths and practices

Tribute to the strength of the relationships people have with their animal companions

This book is written for:

  • For all people who love animals
  • Those grieving the death and loss of an animal companion
  • Veterinarians and veterinary staff
  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Clergy
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual healers
  • Friends and family of those who are grieving
  • Those anticipating the death of their animal companion

These questions are raised in Grieving the Death of a Pet:

Why do we grieve so deeply for our loved animal companions?

What are some ways to create rituals and memorials, both at the time of a pet's death and afterwards?

Do others also continue to see, hear and experience their animals' presence?

Will I ever feel better?

How will I know when it’s time to bring another animal into my life?

What are some of my choices at the time of euthanasia?

How can I plan my animal's euthanasia in a way that will be meaningful and sensitive?

Do others feel as deeply for their animals as I do?

Is it possible to "get ready" for an animal's death?

What markers can be used to decide when and if it's time for euthanasia?

Why is guilt such a common emotion surrounding the experience of pet loss?

Do others experience the intensity and duration of grief that I do?

How is the grief related to pet loss similar or different to the grief experienced for a person?

How can I help children with their grief when their animal dies?

Is it possible to keep a spiritual connection with my loved animal?