Goodbye Dear Friend: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Pet

Virginia Ironside

Goodbye Dear Friend: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Pet

Agony aunt Virginia Ironside recounts some of the experiences of those of us - from ordinary people today to Freud and Sir Walter Scott - who have loved, and lost, a pet, and lifts the taboo that can cause enormous distress to grieving pet owners... It's not odd, crazy or maladjusted to cry and feel utterly lost when a pet dies. Often that pet has been a close friend - uncritical, loyal and devoted. It never answered back, has played in a way that friends wouldn't, and has never left home like children do. There is no need to keep grief hidden or wonder why we can't immediately 'replace' our dead pet with another. Feelings deserve understanding and respect. Goodbye, Dear Friend acknowledges both the extent and depth of grief of a pet. Based on an avalanche of letters about pet loss on her problem pages, Virginia Ironside takes us through the process of grieving to putting a pet to sleep, and from taking comfort in memorials to whether there is a 'pet heaven', concluding with useful contacts. 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Goodbye Dear Friend: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Pet

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Family & Lifestyle
Format Hardback
Pages 192
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-1906217938
Publisher JR Books
 

Agony aunt Virginia Ironside recounts some of the experiences of those of us - from ordinary people today to Freud and Sir Walter Scott - who have loved, and lost, a pet, and lifts the taboo that can cause enormous distress to grieving pet owners... It's not odd, crazy or maladjusted to cry and feel utterly lost when a pet dies. Often that pet has been a close friend - uncritical, loyal and devoted. It never answered back, has played in a way that friends wouldn't, and has never left home like children do. There is no need to keep grief hidden or wonder why we can't immediately 'replace' our dead pet with another. Feelings deserve understanding and respect. Goodbye, Dear Friend acknowledges both the extent and depth of grief of a pet. Based on an avalanche of letters about pet loss on her problem pages, Virginia Ironside takes us through the process of grieving to putting a pet to sleep, and from taking comfort in memorials to whether there is a 'pet heaven', concluding with useful contacts.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

Carla McKay

It's one of the most neglected areas of human grief, but this little book, with its useful suggestions and sympathetic acknowledgement of the depth of the problem, may be of some consolation.

06/05/2009

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