In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning. By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, he posits, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, and other creatures that have so enriched us. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end. In dealing with these issues, we can alleviate guilt, let go, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.
With a brand-new Foreword by the author.
Helpful and consoling
Losing my beloved cat Pumpkin after 15 years was one of the hardest loses I've ever experienced. Although I don't believe my fur baby is living in another realm, this book helped me understand my intense grief and to work through it! When I would wake up in the middle of the night and feel so intensely sad with so many feelings about his death, I would read this book and it helped me validate what I was feeling. Thank you!
This was a great read. Although it was sad at some parts of it, I could feel what John was going through. I haven't lost my best friend yet when I decided to start reading this book. As I went along I could not put it down until I finished it. This book helped me understand what was coming next in my life. Shortly after I finished the book, my parter of 14 years passed, and as difficult it was to make the decision I made, I understood why it was time. The book gives an excellent view of reality when pets die, and it also leaves you with very powerful messages that only the bond between a pet and owner will understand. I would recommend this book to all animal lovers that need support when they lose a loving pet.