When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet

February 23, 2021
When It's Time to Say Goodbye: Preparing for the Transition of Your Beloved Pet

Practical guidance and compassionate support for pet ownersbefore, during, and after the death of a beloved companionanimal• Explores how to best prepare for a good death for your pet,including recognizing changes in your animal's well-being,palliative care at home, taking care of your pet's remains,ceremonies, and more• Offers practical exercises and activities, such as what todiscuss with the vet when euthanasia is anticipated, how to retaina center of inner calm when making decisions, and how to find thecourage to say goodbye when the time comes• Addresses the emotional components of the bereavementprocess—fears beforehand, guilt and anger afterward—and offersadvice on self-care throughoutOur pets are members of our families. The death or separationfrom a beloved animal friend—whether anticipated or unexpected—canunleash a roller coaster of emotions. In this compassionate guidebased on more than 20 years' experience helping individuals andveterinary professionals, Angela Garner offers practical supportand guidance to help you prepare for your pet's death ahead oftime, do your best by your animal friend when the time comes, andwork through your grieving process afterward.The author explores how to prepare for a good death for yourpet, including recognizing changes in your pet's well-being,palliative care at home, taking care of your pet's remains,ceremonies, and more. She discusses natural death and euthanasiaand offers exercises and activities to help you work throughdifficult issues, such as what to discuss with the vet and how tostay focused on your pet's welfare when euthanasia is anticipated.Sharing her own experiences and those of others, she explorespractices to help you cope with fears and overwhelming emotions,retain a center of inner calm when making crucial decisions, andfind the courage to say goodbye when it is time.Angela Garner also addresses the different emotional componentsof the bereavement process—fears beforehand and guilt and angerafterward—and includes a compassionate discussion about childrenand pet loss as well as how to support a grieving companion animalin the family. Offering step-by-step support throughout, this guidebrings hope and reassurance that, while grief may feelinsurmountable, you will come out the other side to once againreengage with life.