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Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet Paperback – Sep 1 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: STILLPOINT PUBLISHING (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883478227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883478223
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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'This wonderful book is the best guide I know of that can help us deal with the death of our animal companions, whom the more we love the more we will grieve.'
- Dr. Michael W. Fox , veterinarian and syndicated columnist

'Saying goodbye to a pet soulmate is something we dread but must inevitably accept. Goodbye, Friend offers answers that are woven into a tapestry of care, compassion, and unconditional love for the pets with whom we've shared our hearts and homes. Then, we can become much more than our pet's best friend - we can become healers, teachers, and angels for our friends and family when they, too, lose a beloved pet.'
- Marty Becker, DVM , coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

'The death of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to bear. This insightful and compassionate book will help readers accept the grief and move on in their lives.'
- Philip Gonzalez , author of The Dog Who Rescues Cats

'Uplifting, comforting, spiritual. If you have an elderly or ailing animal companion, please read this book!'
- Alex Pacheco , cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

The Reverend Gary Kowalski is a Unitarian Universalist minister and the author of seven books on nature, spirituality, science, and the environment. They include The Souls of Animals and Science and the Search for God. A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, he has served congregations in Vermont, New Mexico, Washington, and Massachusetts. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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This book was a gift to a friend who just lost his fury companion, so I didn't read it myself; however, my friend said that it really helped with his loss - just as it was intended to do - and that means it earns full marks from me. I figure if any book can help someone in the grieving process, either temporarily or for the long run, then it is worth the money spent to buy it.
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It was helpful but at the time i read it I was so griefstruck that i didn't do any of the suggestions.
I'll have to read it again because I really like the author .
R.i.p. My little snugglebum. You are the most joyous soul I've ever had the privilege of sharing a life journey with & you will forever be loved❤️
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After losing my beloved cat "Red" to cancer, I began searching for something about the death of animals and where they may go. It was a hard search...something people do not talk about these days. I found Goodbye Friend and it helped relieve the sorrow and pain of losing Red. It also helps to understand that what you are going through is normal. Also that you are not crazy because you grieve for your "family member" (e.i. pet) like a human. It helps to understand that everyone has their own process to get through their own loss. The poems and little stories were nice to reflect upon. This book barely touches on animal afterlife...but is a very good book with good information, reflective thoughts and validates your emotions and what you are experiencing. Another good book which has short stories of afterlife happenings of pets is "The Soul of Your Pet". ---- Bless all who have loved and lost a special animal companion for your lives are the richer!
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After 2 painful weeks as our beloved 18 year old cat declined rapidly, we made the decision to end his suffering this morning. This book not only helped us make that difficult decision, but provided comfort and strength to us thoughout the ordeal. Perhaps most important is the author's validation of our feelings and acknowledgement that our animals are very important parts of our lives. I'd recommend this book to anyone, and I am on line now to buy two more copies as gifts- one for the wonderful vet who came to our home this morning and helped our friend to a gentle, peaceful passing.
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I was looking for a book that would help me through the grieving process when I lost my dog to an unexpected illness. I got more than I bargained for. This book gave an open-minded multi-religious approach toward the treatment animals after death. This book also led me through the creation of a poem. I wrote a poem for my beautiful brown-eyed puppy girl Jaqi (pronounced "Jackie"). I highly recommend this author and this book.
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I was desperately searching for some comfort after the loss of my beloved dog, when my daughter found this book for me. This book was such help and comfort and made me feel better after reading it. Of course, I cried a lot during my reading of the book but it is very healing. I was very impressed that the author knows the heartache that many people experience in losing their pet that he took a six-month sabbatical leave to write this book in order to help people deal with their loss. I am truly grateful to him for doing this.
Please read this book if you are suffering from the loss of your pet. This book can help bring you comfort.
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It was very helpful and comforting to read this very rationally presented, validating book, after the loss of my best friend Kasha - a striped tabby who bossed me around for 16 years. I especially liked the lovely assortment of poems. Many thanks to the author for a very thoughtful, supportive book. I also feel that I gained some tools from this book for helping others go through the loss of a beloved animal.
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In his new book, GOODBYE, FRIEND, Gary Kowalski writes about the connection people feel for their animal companions and the depth of the loss often experienced when these friends die. His voice is authoritative, spiritual, and calming. Like his 1991 book, THE SOULS OF ANIMALS, this book celebrates our profound and humbling kinship with our fellow creatures.
The book covers subjects like talking to children about death, the healing power of nature and creating ceremonies to honor a dead pet. The author, who was facing the prospect of losing his own dog, Chinook, when he wrote this book, shares some beautiful reflections on birth and death and the continuum of life. His love for his own dog, his wisdom about animals, and his gentle, reflective spirit have combined to create a poignant and wonderful book
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