Goodbye, Friend

Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
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From the moment pets come into our lives, we know the day will arrive when we have to say farewell. Still, we are never emotionally prepared for the last adieu. In Goodbye, Friend, Gary Kowalski takes you on a journey of healing, offering warmth and sound advice on how to cope with the death of your pet.

Filled with heartwarming stories and practical guidance on such matters as taking care of yourself while mourning, creating rituals to honor your pet's memory, and talking to children about death, Goodbye, Friend is a beautiful and comforting book for anyone grieving the loss of a beloved animal.

©2012 Gary Kowalski (P)2017 Tantor

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Not too religious, which is a good thing

I decided to purchase this book after losing Olive, and with the intention of seeking comfort. I want to clarify that, despite being the book written by a clergyman, it has less religious content than other books about the same subject. I just hate reading about pets going to heaven when I don't believe in God or heaven myself. Why is that agnostics or atheists don't have a right to be comforted? I guess it's just easier to believe in something greater. This book has less of that compared to other, but the second half is more loaded with religious stuff, which I found less interesting than the first half.

There is a chapter about assisting children with the loss of a pet, and it's something I missed from other books. I found the general tone of the book quite aseptic, which is not a bad thing but I missed somehow some empathy.

The book has some great pieces of advice on how to deal with the loss of a pet, and it doesn't go much into religion, but more into philosophy. It's not a perfect book by any means, but I found it more helpful than others. It also mentions some famous books and poems about the same subject, so it opens the possibility to exploring more about the subject.

Barry Abrams delivered a good and clear narration. I think his style went well with the book, and he even gave different voices to the texts by other authors included in the book. I think I would have preferred the book to be narrated with a bit more sentiment, but this was missing from the text too, so Abrams did a good job with the material he had.

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get your money or your credit back!

more of a gospel read than a book on grieving your lost pet. refund!awful but hey, I got some sleep

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Content excellent! Reader monotone condescending.

Book content great. Narrator awefull, monotone- condenseding. Stopped listening halfway through book. Bought ebook instead.

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Comforting in hard times

I recommend this book to anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on in their time of loss. It provides many perspectives from many different belief systems and it written by a pastor. It includes anecdotes and ideas on commemorating our pets when the inevitable day comes.

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Not what I expected

Enjoyed the quotes and stories at the end but wasn't what I was looking for. Been struggling with the loss of my dog and hoped this would help.

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Great Book

I just put down my little 12 year old chihuahua 4 days ago. I had no idea i could be this distraught over a dog, even my beloved Chuli. This book normalized my grief over a dog,soothed and helped me ease through the grieving process. I pretty much kept this book on repeat in my ear buds as a little crutch to help me through the day. I’m only on day 4 from having lost my fur baby and having this audio in the background helps me find glimmers of strength through the tears.

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  • 10-30-19

Perfect!

Needed something to help me with the loss of my dog who died suddenly. This really helped, it still hurts and I will always miss her but glad I purchased this book.

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  • Zachary
  • 09-08-19

Waste of credit unless you enjoy Christian Poetry

First half was promising, mixing philosophy, wisdom, guidance with subtle and touching anecdotes. It became slowly apparent this was a Christian Animal poetry book guised as something else. So disappointed as pet bereavement isn't taken seriously enough. Bereavement isn't solely a Christian / religious experience and the author is crass with his lack of research and mindfulness to the fact.

If you find comfort in religious poetry about animals, this is for you. If you want to know about the bereavement process and practical ways of helping manage your grief over your lost pet, really, don't bother. I'm a therapist and have unresolved compex bereavement issues with my old dog Ben so I have a dual interest.

Throughout the book there's a few astute sentences, but it's lost between the poetry. It's also as if the author just gave up on it and rushed it.

I would have kept this to share with my therapy clients if a) it wasn't just essentially a book about Christian belief with a bit of Islamic doctrine thrown in at a poor attempt of balance and b) I say the author gives up as, throughout the dozens and dozens of poems in the content of the book consistently, the last 45 minutes or so is literally a dispassionate list of read poems.

The only tolerable take is the narrator. He makes this book. Sadly I'll be returning this.