The final parting from a pet is a sorrow that many feel they face alone. Is it appropriate to feel so sad over the loss of an animal? To answer this question, Reverend Gary Kowalski offers a quotation from Garrison Keillor: “If this is foolish, so it be.” Since many people view their companion animals as cherished family members, losing them is, of course, painful and even wrenching. In this beloved manual, Kowalski offers not just insight but also practical guidance; on honoring one’s own grief and helping children with theirs; ideas for rituals, ceremonies, and solace; and considering death and the continuum of life. His compassionate and comforting guidance provides grieving pet parents with a much-needed resource.
"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 soul-mate 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