Healing a Child's Pet Loss Grief

A Guide for Parents

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
156 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2016
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Author Biography

Wendy Van de Poll is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support. Wendy is dedicated to providing a safe place for her clients to express their grief over the loss of their pets.

What makes Wendy successful with her clients is that she get’s grief! “Over the years I’ve dealt with my own grief and helping many families communicate and connect with their pets long after their loss. It’s what I’ve done since I was just 5 yrs old!”

She is compassionate and supportive to all who know her.

Her passion is to help people when they are grieving over the loss of a pet and her larger than life love for animals has led her to devote her life to the mission of increasing the quality of life between animals and people no matter what stage they are in their cycle of life! She has been called the animal whisperer.

She is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach, Certified Pet Funeral Celebrant, Animal Medium and Communicator. She is the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief and an international best-selling and award-winning author and speaker.

She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard. She lives in the woods with her husband, two crazy birds, her rescue dog Addie and all kinds of wildlife.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Healing a Child's Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents by Wendy Van de Poll is a helpful non-fiction book on the impact of pets on people’s lives — adults and children alike — and how to cope with the illness or death of a pet. Although Healing a Child's Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents is a generic book on dealing with a pet’s death and the ensuing grief, it is also more specifically geared towards how to help children deal with it. The book is broken down into several chapters in a sequential order explaining the benefits of having pets and getting the right pet, on to helping children deal with harsh realities of sickness, pet euthanasia, or death. A large portion of the book is devoted to grieving and explaining the cycle of life and death to kids, along with signs to watch out for in unhealthy grieving or coping behaviors, including social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts.

Healing a Child's Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents by Wendy Van de Poll can be a very useful book for families with pets. Pets that are nurtured and well cared for can greatly enhance a person’s and especially a child’s life. Equally important is teaching and helping children grieve through the loss of their pet. This book covers this important aspect quite well. The book is well structured with a direct, conversational style that is easy to read. The case studies in the book are a nice touch and provide some real-life examples as well. All in all, this is a useful book.