Losing a Pet: Coping with the Death of Your Beloved Animal by Jane Matthews
Jane Matthews is an author, coach and workshop leader who aims to “support you through difficult times and learn how to live your best life”. Her book Losing a Pet is a fantastic handbook for anyone experiencing grief following the loss of their pet. It offers practical advice and support to pet owners who have experienced loss through disappearance or death.
From the author: “The loss of a pet can hit us as hard as the loss of any close friend. Yet pet bereavement is so little talked about that along with grief and pain animal lovers may also find themselves having to deal with feelings of confusion and even embarrassment at the strength of their reaction.
For anyone grieving the loss of a pet, or facing up to having a pet put down, this short book aims to fill the gap. Losing A Pet offers practical guidance, emotional support and, above all, the reassurance of finding that you are not alone. For those supporting someone through pet bereavement, either personally or in a professional capacity, its blend of compassion and practicality will help the healing process.”
Contents: the place of pets in our hearts and lives; understanding why we feel so strongly; the stages of loss; feelings of shock, denial, anger, blame, guilt; having a pet put down; children and loss; when a pet goes missing; getting help; healing yourself; commemorating and celebrating your pet; further resources.