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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
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
Why Is It Hard To Get Over
A Pet’s Death, And How Do You?
For many people, the death of a pet is akin to losing a relative or friend.
The grief cuts deeply, and for a variety of reasons. The pet becomes a big part of the family as we care for them, play with them, feed them, and love them.
“When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com), a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups.
“Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. We provide for their every need. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too, often family members and friends will tell us, basically, to get over it.
“Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship as others advise, hold dear to that sorrow that follows the loss of your pet. This grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.”
Dolan-Del Vecchio can discuss for your listeners different ways to cope with the grief of losing a pet.
About Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com) is an author, health and wellness executive, human resources leader, organizational consultant and family therapist with 30 years’ experience in the arena of personal, organizational and community empowerment. His most recent book is Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents. In 2017, he retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential Financial and founded GreenGate Leadership, the firm for which he now provides speaking events, coaching and consultation for organizational leaders. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Cornell University and his master's degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His books cover the subjects of leadership, parenting, dealing with loss and couple relationships.
Talkin' Pets News
July 29, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru - Animal Alternatives
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - The Dog Writers Association of America’s Annual Writing Contest Opens and Jen Reeder, President of the DWAA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 07/26/2017 at 5pm EST to discuss the contest