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My Dog Has Died: What Do I Do? Making Decisions and Healing the Trauma of Pet Loss by Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL, is the second book in The Pet Bereavement Series, following My Dog Is Dying: What Do I Do?: Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing. An expert in pet loss grief support, Van de Poll helps readers come to terms with the gravity of emotions they experience while grappling with the death of their beloved companions. Offering guidance and compassionate reassurances that most of what a reader is feeling is natural, she then reaches further, covering all the necessary details from helping children understand, making funeral and memorial arrangements, whether or not a reader might be ready to get another dog, and many other areas. These insightful and compassionate chapters include examples, case studies, and questionnaires at the conclusion to help assess where a person may be in the grieving process. Van de Poll ultimately allows readers insight into her expertise as a medium, educating those grieving on spiritual connections and afterlife.
My Dog Has Died: What Do I Do? by Wendy Van de Poll is a jewel of a guide for anyone who has lost their dog, but will certainly prove useful even to those who are grieving over the loss of their cat, or another adored pet. Van de Poll writes with the compassion and caring one needs during a time such as this, and she achieves this while affirming her authority in the field. It's really important that people in these circumstances feel that the pain they are experiencing, and how they are coping with it on an individual level, is normal. Van de Poll validates the grieving process and allows readers with additional tools to assist them on the journey. Nobody ever wants to think about their need for a guide such as this one, but it will prove to be an invaluable resource to those who read it.