Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet

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From the moment pets come into our lives, we know the day will arrive when we have to say farewell. Still, we are never emotionally prepared for the last adieu.  In Goodbye, Friend, Gary 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, and talking to children about death, Goodbye, Friend is a beautiful and comforting book for anyone grieving the loss of a beloved animal.

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The bond we share with animals is especially pure: one  hundred percent love, undiluted and unadulterated.  Because the relationship is so direct and  powerful, the grief we experience when our pets die can be profound and intense.
As a parish minister, I often counsel those seeking comfort in time of loss.  And as an animal lover myself (having accompanied two fine dogs to the end of the trail) I know the emotional roller-coaster firsthand.
 There are no easy recipes for healing.  There are no quick repairs for an aching  heart.  But this route has been traveled before, by poets, philosophers, therapists and wisdom teachers of all traditions.  Mourning is hard work.  But I will share the guideposts, beacons and spiritual practices that have helped others on the path toward resolution, healing, acceptance and peace. 

  • FIVE STARS Highly Recommended by Veterinary Hospice Provider
As a veterinarian and founder of Whole Animal Veterinary Hospice Services in Ithaca, NY, I HIGHLY recommend this lovely read. Kowalski's well-written, compassionate, and heart warming volume goes a long way in supporting the bereavement process of grieving pet parents, AND connecting to animal lovers at any stage of life for them or their pets. I have contemplated giving a copy to every client of mine as they move through their grief. I recommend it to all, and have made it the featured book on my website, in honor of its contribution to the veterinary hospice/palliative care field. Katherine Goldberg, DVM 
 
 

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The Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of eight books on nature, spirituality, science, and the environment, including The Souls of Animals, Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers and Science and the Search for God.  His work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Czech, appeared in magazines like Tikkun and Yoga Journal, and been voted a "Reader's Favorite" by the Quality Paperback Bookclub.  A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Kowalski has served Unitarian Universalist congregations across the United States.  In retirement, he currently works as a volunteer firefighter and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

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