Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet|
by Gary Kowalski (Author)
From Independent Publisher
After Gary Kowalski, author and the minister of Burlington Vermont's Unitarian
Universalist church, completed his new book, Goodbye, Friend, on dealing with
losing your pet, his own elderly dog, Chinook, died. In his first book, The
Souls of Animals, Kowalski wrote: "My own wise friend is my dog. He has deep
knowledge to impart." Apparently, Chinook did his good work up until the end.
Kowalski's new book is full of sound, compassionate advice to get you through
the loss of your pet(s). Included are ideas for rituals and ceremonies,
spiritual guidance and readings and poems to use for solace. The author's voice
is a soothing one, not surprising for a minister whose job it is to be wise and
reflective. The book also addresses animals' grieving; their life spans; their
growth, illnesses and needs. These are similar to ours: need to eat, to
exercise, to sleep, to have fun, to enjoy companionship and to expect routine.
Kowalski includes advice on how to take care of yourself after the death of a
pet and the importance of honesty when talking with children about this event.
Kowalski's book is not only useful for healing when a good friend dies, but also
reasserts his primary message: that animals are important, that "pets are not
petty," that they deserve our respect and our kind care. As Kowalski writes,
"Animals enrich our lives in countless ways, with their playfulness, their
tranquility [sic], their constancy, and their love..."
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (July 25, 2006)