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Rainbow Tears

In 2002 my beloved animal companion, Pug, died. Initially I had purchased her for my father who was wheelchair bound. But I soon discovered that the tiny Boston Terrier, with the large almond-shaped, brown eyes, had become mine. Her delicate heart strings wrapped tightly around my soul. We became inseparable. Time passed and my father died. Then four years later, Pug died. Pug's death was devastating to me. In some ways it felt like I had lost my father again. I felt isolated and guilty in my grief. After all, I was a veterinarian. If only . . . I should have been able to save her from pain and death. If not for the support of my other animals, and a few good friends, I would have succumbed. Restitution occurred when I let go and wrote the happy moments of Pug's life as it intertwined with mine. In two weeks her story "Sleeping With Angels" was completed and later published. The book was read worldwide. And as a result, people shared their animal stories with me and I compiled those stories into other books and seven years later the stories have come full circle. Now I look fondly at the past and remember the many stories of cherished animals that people have shared with me. And I realize that the stepping stone journey has made me a better person. These are a few of the cherished stories that I have chosen to share one more time, with those that grieve the loss of a beloved animal companion. May it help with the healing process.

The Grief Recovery Handbook 

If you've found yourself almost inconsolable after your pet died, please know that you're normal. If you've found that your family and friends don't seem to understand the level of your grief, please know that, too, is normal. Without comparing our relationships with our pets to those with people, we know that, because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe. If you relate to any or all of these sentences, this book is for you. We have been there and most probably will be there again. We will be with you on this journey to help your heart deal with the absence of your cherished companion. --Russell, Cole, and John Your relationship with your pet is special--it's a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss (dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors' Grief Recovery Method(R), this book addresses how losing a pet is different from losing a human loved one, and ultimately, how to move on with life.

When Pets Die It's Alright to Grieve

In When Pets Die, she turns her attention to pet loss. The often unrecognised hurt of losing a pet is give a name - disenfranchised grief. This grief is explained in a common sense, practical and sensitive way. Just what you need when your pet companion has died and it seems that no-one understands.