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Practical Guidance and Compassionate Support for Pet Owners Before, During, and After the Death of a Beloved Companion Animal
Our pets are members of our families. The death or separation from a beloved animal friend—whether anticipated or unexpected—can unleash a roller coaster of emotions. In this compassionate guide based on 20 years' experience helping individuals and teaching veterinary professionals, Angela Garner offers practical support and guidance to help you prepare for your pet’s death ahead of time, do your best by your animal friend when the time comes, and work through your grieving process afterward. The author explores how best to prepare for the death of your beloved pet, including recognizing changes in your pet’s well-being, palliative care at home, taking care of your pet’s remains, ceremonies, and more. She discusses natural death and euthanasia and offers exercises and activities to help you work through difficult issues, such as what to discuss with the vet and how to stay focused on your pet’s welfare when euthanasia is anticipated. Sharing her own experiences and those of others, she explores practices to help you cope with fears and overwhelming emotions, retain a center of inner calm when making crucial decisions, and find the courage to say goodbye when it is time. Angela Garner also addresses the different emotional components of the bereavement process—fears beforehand and guilt and anger afterward—and includes a compassionate discussion about children and pet loss as well as how to support a grieving companion animal in the family. Offering step-by-step support throughout, this guide brings hope and reassurance that, while grief may feel insurmountable, you will come out the other side to once again reengage with life.
Author Bio: Angela Garner, animal bereavement specialist and former nurse, founded a national support service in the UK to help people through the grieving process, developing a wide range of pet bereavement support resources. Awarded a fellowship by the Society of Bereavement Practitioners for her work, she lives in Devon, UK.
When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet
Angela Garner
Foreword by Victoria M. Nicholls, BVetMed, Cert AVP (EM), MRCVS
ISBN: 9781644111215, February 2021 Also available as an ebook Paperback: $16.99, 160 pages, 6 x 9
Imprint: Findhorn Press


Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

All My Life

Universal Pictures, Broken Road Productions and Perfect World Pictures present a PG-13, 93-minute, Romance, Drama, directed by Marc Meyers and written by Todd Rosenberg with a theater release date of December 4, 2020.

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Dark Phoenix

20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Bad Hat Harry Productions, Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment and TSG Entertainment present a PG-13, 113 minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Simon Kinberg and story of “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by John Byrne and Chris Claremont with a theater release date of June 7, 2019.

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Pet Sematary

Paramount Pictures, Alphaville Films and Di Bonaventura Pictures presents an R rated, 101 minute, Horror, Thriller, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, screen story by Matt Greenberg and novel by Stephen King with a theatre release date of April 5, 2019.

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 1 out of 4 paws

Climax

A24, Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch and Les Cinemas de la Zone present an R rated, 97 minute, Drama, Horror, Music film directed and written by Gaspar Noe with a theatre release date of March 12, 2019.

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

They Shall Not Grow Old

Warner Bros. Pictures, House Productions, Trustees of the Imperial War Museum, London and WingNut Films present an R rated, 99 minute, Documentary, History, War film directed by Peter Jackson with a theatre release date of February 1, 2019.

The Souls of Animals

In this revised second edition of this celebrated book, Unitarian Universalist minister Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals: Do animals have souls? Are they aware of death and are they conscious of themselves? Do animals have an inherent capacity to recognize beauty and can they create art? Do animals experience love? Do they know right from wrong? Why do birds sing? And ultimately what do we lose in a world without animals and what does that mean for our ongoing relationship with the creatures with which we share the world?

Kowalski offers beautifully written vignettes that shed light on these questions and much more. He explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their capacity for love. By “desacrilizing” animals, Kowalski argues, we make ourselves less human. “If we are to keep our family homestead — Earth — safe for coming generations,” he writes, “we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life.” Praise for The Souls of Animals includes:

“Gary Kowalski helps us unlock the mysteries of animal spirituality. For as we have learned from the companion animals that share our lives and our homes, when we look into their eyes we see the reflection of our won humanity.”

—Kim Stallwood, Executive Director, PETA

“Gary Kowalski’s voice is one that empowers us to say in public what we have thought in private — that animals love their companions, know grief and hoy and play and create. The are truly our bothers and sisters in fur, feather and fin.”

—Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights

“This is an important book because it is so revealing of the animal soul that touches ours when we are open and receptive. In the process, our own souls are enriched.”

    Dr. Michael W. Fox, former vice president, the Humane Society of the United States

Gary Kowalski is a Unitarian Universalist minister in Burlington, VT. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School. A native of Oklahoma, he has served churches in Memphis, Tennessee, and Seattle, Washington, before moving to Burlington. He is the author of several books, including Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet, also published by New World Library.

 

The Souls of Animals

By Gary Kowalski · Preface by John Robbins · Foreword by Tom Regan

July 2007 · Animals · Trade Paper · B/W Photos

$14.00 · 160 pages · ISBN-10: 1-57731-590-1 · ISBN-13: 978-1-57731-590-2

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out 4 paws

Life Itself

Amazon Studios, Stage 6 Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Nostromo Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment present an R rated, 118 minute, Drama, Romance, directed and written by Dan Fogelman (This Is Us) with a theatre release date of September 21, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 paws out of 4

A Quiet Place

Paramount Pictures, Platinum Dunes and Sunday Night present a PG-13, 90 minute, Drama, Horror, Thriller, directed by John Krasinski, screenplay by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck with a theatre release date of April 6, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

The Miracle Season

Mirror, LD Entertainment and Apex Entertainment present a PG, Biography, Sport, Drama, directed by Sean McNamara, screenplay by David Aaron Cohen and Elissa Matsueda with a theatre release date of April 6, 2018.

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