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When It's Time to Say Goodbye


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FOREWORD by Victoria M. Nicholls

INTRODUCTION: What This Book Is About, and Who It Is For

PART ONE: Preparing for Pet Loss
1. Preparing Your Heart and Mind for Loss
2. Talking to Your Vet about Possible End of Life
3. Resources Needed When Preparing for the Loss of a Pet
4. Creating an Advance Plan for Your Pet’s End of Life
5. Considering Euthanasia for Pet Behaviour Problems
6. Finding the Right Time to Say Goodbye
7. Coping with Fears and Emotions

PART TWO: The Transition
8. Euthanasia
9. Natural Pet Death

PART THREE: Coping after the Death of Your Beloved Pet
10. Taking Care of Your Pet’s Remains
11. Coping with Loss from Other Types of Separation
12. A Bridging Story
13. Coping with Grief after Pet Loss
14. Guilt in Pet Bereavement
15. Anger in Pet Bereavement
16. Shocking Mental Images

PART FOUR: Self-Care throughout Pet Loss
17. Taking Care of Yourself during the Grief Process
18. When to Seek Professional Help
19. Setbacks and Preparing for Poignant Dates and Anniversaries

PART FIVE: Other Aspects of Pet Loss
20. Children and Pet Bereavement
21. Caring for Grieving Animals
22. Phenomena in Pet Bereavement
23. Reflecting on the Qualities of Your Pet
24. Opening Your Heart and Home to Another Pet

IN CLOSING: Towards Inner Peace and Settlement

EPILOGUE: Supporting Someone Else through Pet Bereavement



About the Author

About the Author

Angela Garner, animal bereavement specialist and former nurse, founded a national support service in the UK to help people through the grieving process, developing a wide range of pet bereavement support resources. Awarded a fellowship by the Society of Bereavement Practitioners for her work, she lives in Devon, UK.


“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 on, 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, founder and project manager of Environmental Animal Sanctuary and Education (EASE)*

“I am impressed by Angela’s approach to this delicate subject. She has a solid grasp of the many different aspects to be considered and discussed with owners who need support when losing their companion.”
*Dr. Shannon Gaffaney, BVetMed, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)*

“In her beautiful book, When It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet, Angela Garner gives a very comprehensive and thorough guide to pet loss. She gently and caringly holds the reader’s hand through all the difficult aspects while offering simple and practical advice. Angela’s holistic approach focuses on the well-being of both people and their pets prior to bereavement, and she offers a unique understanding of how grief affects us and how to cope with the distress it brings. She validates pet loss and treats it with the same significance as the loss of a human loved one. I will definitely recommend this book to any of my clients who face the loss of their pet.”
*Deirdre Chitwood, Tellington TTouch practitioner for companion animals, Level 2 (Guild certified)*

“Humans are meant to outlive their pets, but what do we do when the death of our companion looms? Angela Garner’s advice on how to support ourselves, our children, and other family pets through the grieving process is wise and compassionate.”
*Jesse Sternberg, mindfulness teacher, master dog trainer, and founder of the Peaceful Alpha Project*

“A conversation about our pets passing on is uncomfortable for most of us. It is one we tend to avoid even the thought of until the time might be upon us. When It’s Time to Say Goodbye empowers and guides people at a very emotional time, before and after an animal has passed. Saving the guardian unnecessary toil and emotional trauma, the information and activities in this book prepare and steer you step by step with sensitivity. Long overdue, this guide will be an immense help and support for many at a difficult time. A MUST read for every pet owner.”
*Diane Budd,, animal communicator, healer, and author of Energy Medicine for Animals: The Bioenergeti*

"An absolutely essential read for anyone with an animal companion, When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet is especially and unreservedly recommended for all community library Pets/Wildlife collections."
*Midwest Book Review*

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