Loss of a Pet

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Understanding helps heal the hurt when you lose a pet

A cherished pet gives you boundless, unconditional love and occupies a special place in your routine, your home, and your heart. When your pet dies, that warm, special place becomes a sad, empty space. This book helps you understand:
* The grieving process, including typical stages of ...

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Understanding helps heal the hurt when you lose a pet

A cherished pet gives you boundless, unconditional love and occupies a special place in your routine, your home, and your heart. When your pet dies, that warm, special place becomes a sad, empty space. This book helps you understand:
* The grieving process, including typical stages of grief and techniques for coping
* Grieving for a missing pet, one you had to give up because of a change in life situation, and other difficult circumstances
* Children and the death of a pet
* Euthanasia, including important considerations
* Religion and the death of a pet, with articles by various religious leaders
* Aftercare facilities, including an extensive index of pet cemeteries, crematories, and memorial gardens

The Loss of a Pet, Third Edition has new expanded information, is filled with practical suggestions, resources, and most importantly, compassion and understanding. This important book helps you cope and reassures you that you are not alone.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If you snicker at the notion of a book devoted to pet bereavement, consider that that very lack of sympathy may have brought the book into being. Sife, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based psychotherapist and the founder of the Association for Pet Bereavement, addresses the pet owner whose grief at a pet's death is largely misunderstood or even ridiculed by friends, associates and society in general. Although his topic easily lends itself to touchy-feely disquisitions, Sife is to be commended for offering information that is not only compassionate but concise, wide-ranging and, above all, practical. For example, he defines stages of grieving, interpolating case studies to demonstrate those instances where expressions of mourning mask deeper problems. He composes dignified rejoinders to those who launch a ``perceived assault'' on the reader's grief; explains why the rupture of a human-animal bond can be so devastating; offers specific techniques for dealing with anger; explores the special needs of children whose pets die; presents various factors involved in considering euthanasia, including such particulars as whether or not it is beneficial to remain with the pet until its final breath; and polls leaders of various religions. A superb contribution to a growing field. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764579301
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/14/2005
  • Series: Loss of a Pet Ser.
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 181,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

WALLACE SIFE, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist and internationally renowned authority on pet bereavement. The first edition of his celebrated classic won the prestigious Maxwell Award for the best nonfiction pet book of 1993. Dr. Sife founded and is the President of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB), a nonprofit organization. In addition to counseling individuals, he trains other counselors to help grieving pet lovers.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Human-Pet Bond.

Chapter 2: Responsibility.

Chapter 3: The Grieving Process.

Chapter 4: Shock and Disbelief.

Chapter 5: Anger, Alienation, and Distancing.

Chapter 6: Denial and Disbelief.

Chapter 7: Guilt.

Chapter 8: Depression.

Chapter 9: Resolution (Closure).

Chapter 10: Other Kinds of Loss.

Chapter 11: Another Pet?

Chapter 12: Children and the Death of a Pet.

Chapter 13: Euthanasia.

Chapter 14: Final Arrangements (Aftercare).

Chapter 15: Supportive Counseling.

Chapter 16: Religion and the Death of Pets.

Chapter 17: Some Practical Suggestions.


Glossary of Terms.


About the Author.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    A Great Book ...

    There are hundreds of books on this subject, but this is the one I always turn to when I am grief stricken over the loss of one of my dogs. I bought this book for a friend who is grieving the loss of her Great Dane who was an extra large presence in her life.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    A wonderful book for yourself or someone who has lost a pet

    I bought this book over 5 years ago when we found out one of our Maltese had bladder/urethra cancer. I was so conflicted with the thought of euthanasia and the decision we would have to make. While it was still a VERY DIFFICULT decision I was very glad that I had read this book before we had to let her go. When we had to make the decision a year later for our other Maltese I read this book again. Regardless of whether or not you've been through it once it doesn't make it any easier the second time and I felt like I needed to read this book again. I often find myself flipping through certain chapters when others I know are going through the same thing.
    Pets are a wonderful thing and as I sit here & write, one of the two 4-year-old Yorkies we now have is aggravating my husband to play ball. I hope that we will get as many wonderful years from these two as we did the Maltese - we lost them at 13 & 14 years old.
    I have had friends and relatives since that have also had to make the decision to euthanize their pet and I always purchase & send this book to them and they always let me know how much they appreciated it. I decided to write a review this time as I am on the website ordering yet another one for a relative that has lost a beloved 4-legged friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    By far the best book on petloss and bereavement.

    The loss of a Pet: (2005) Third Edition is is by far the best book on pet bereavement. The first two editions kept winning awards and rave reviews, but Dr. Sife has pulled a rabbit out of a hat with this revised and expanded Third Edition. As a result it is by far, the best-selling book on the subject. Dr. Sife has been acclaimed as the leading authority in this field, and was the founder/president of The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (whch has a major online website). This Third Edition is completely revised, and also contains 56 additional pages of wisdom and practical advice, based on his experience with over 18,000 bereaving pet owners, since he founded the APLB. It is all in this book! But some readers may feel let down when he informs them that prolonged grief is almost always a side-effect of other personal repressed problems, triggered by the death of a beloved pet. He wisely points out that in such cases the bereaver should also be working with a professional therapist, to address these problems. This wonderful book is analytical, but not ¿clinical¿ as some have claimed. And it is written with a wisdom and compassion that is truly a gift to the open-minded reader. Perhaps Sife¿s philosophy can be summed up by his statement. ¿Life is a wonderful transition we can barely understand. Yet there is a lesson here that our beloved deceased companion animals can help us learn ¿ in salute to their memory. A joyful celebration of that life is our best memorial and tribute. We are not victims, but celebrants. And by achieving this we now honor them, and enrich ourselves, as well.¿

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    Posted September 21, 2010

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