"... It's poignant and sometimes heartrending, filled with
personal stories of love and loss as well as Scripture and thoughts
From Publishers Weekly
"Grieving the Death of a Pet is a must-read for everyone
facing the intense pain that comes with losing a cherished animal
companion. Betty J. Carmack's deep understanding of the grieving
process and her profound respect for the human-animal bond shine
through on every page. With real stories of people and their beloved
pets, she offers coping strategies, comfort, insight, and inspiration.
Grieving the Death of a Pet delivers hope and help. It
is a handbook for healing and a moving tribute to the powerful
connection we have with our pets." --- Ed Sayres, President,
San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"This is a book that will touch your heart and help it to
heal. I was crying before I finished the introduction. We all
must learn to deal with loss if we are to survive. As a physician,
I know how destructive it can be to deny the loss and bury it
within one's self. The death of a beloved pet puts us in touch
with all our losses. Betty J. Carmack's words of wisdom, coming
from her experience with the pain of loss, can help you to heal
your life and wounds. The wise know our bodies are impermanent
and the only thing of permanence is love. Read on and help make
yourself and your beloved immortal." -- Bernie Siegel, MD,
author of Love, Medicine and Miracles, and Prescriptions
"Those who say 'it's just a pet' won't need this book. For
those who know better, Betty J. Carmack teaches how to fully honor
the loss of a truly beloved companion. The lessons of grief for
our animals have much to teach us about how to grieve for the
human companions in our lives. They are lessons well learned."
-- Megory Anderson, MA, founding director of the Sacred Dying
Foundation, author of Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing
the End of Life.
"Betty J. Carmack offers readers a gift through her narratives
and kind guidance for experiencing the loss of a pet. This is
a book about connection, relationships, and love that make up
the rich landscape of the caring lives of our guardians. Grieving
the Death of a Pet makes a clear point: Pet loss is not the
minor league of grief." --- Harold Ivan Smith, D.Min., grief
counselor, author of Grieving the Death of a Mother, On Grieving
the Death of a Father, and When Your Friend Dies.
"Grieving the Death of a Pet offers the nurturing
supportive hug that we all need when we experience the loss of
a kindred spirit. Betty J. Carmack gently nurses you through this
challenging process. Read it, weep and heal!" --- Allen M.
Schoen, MS., DVM, professor, and author, Kindred Spirits: How
the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can Change the
Way We Live.