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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.