WHEN IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE – Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet
By Angela Garner
FOREWORD BY VICTORIA M. NICHOLLS, BSC (HONS) BVETMED CERT AVP (EM) Cert AVP (ED) BAEDT MRCVS
DUE TO BE PUBLISHED ON 4 MARCH 2021 IN PAPERBACK, E-BOOK IN FEBRUARY
This concise, practical book has been written to support people through the loss of a pet – before, during and after bereavement. People can go through deep and intense distress and this book has been created as a guide, and is intended to be like a friend walking alongside the reader, supporting them through each step of their personal grief journey.
Whilst it addresses many knotty areas that a distressed pet owner (guardian) can face, such as having to make the very difficult decision to have a beloved pet put to sleep, the book also looks at the deeper emotional side of bereavement and the impact grief can have on mental and physical health.
The book includes a number of exercises to help the reader stay focused and regain their own centre of gravity in the face of feeling that their world is falling apart.
The author brings her own unique understanding and analogies which she has created and successfully used when supporting individuals through the grief process, or when lecturing and coaching veterinary professionals and animal welfare organisations on this subject.
Compassion and understanding underlines everything that is written because the author has worked in this area for around 20 years and, having supported many people through the twists and turns of their grief journey, she knows the kind of things they face. Where appropriate she shares her own stories and those of others to enhance and enrich the experience which this book offers.
“This book is terrific and will be such an important guide to so many.” Victoria M. Nicholls BSc (Hons) BVetMed Cert AVP (EM) Cert AVP (ED) BAEDT MRCVS BEVA Past President
“I am impressed by Angela’s approach to this delicate subject. She has a solid grasp of the many different aspects that need to be considered and discussed with owners who need support when losing their companion.” Dr Shannon Gaffaney, BVetMed MRCVS
“Most pet owners know how painful it is to lose a much-loved animal companion, and I am pleased that all those who suffer this unique loss can now benefit from the compassion and support that runs throughout, ‘When It’s Time to Say Goodbye – Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet’, by Angela Garner. Every aspect of loss is touched upon, all with Angela’s special blend of understanding, practicality and empathy. I recommend it for all pet owners to help them through the inevitable sad loss of their beloved pet.” Melinda Hill, Project Manager of Environmental Animal Sanctuary & Education (EASE)
“I wish you every success with your book and I can’t thank you enough for the help and support you gave me, in what was a very difficult time during the sad period of losing my beloved rescue dog, Jess. Having her story included will mean that I’ve kept alive the fact that my Jess was a special dog to me and her memory will now live on in the form of your book.” Mark Everitt