Infinite Healing

Poems and Messages for the Loss of Your Animal Companion

Poetry - Inspirational
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Reviewed on 08/22/2022
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“All minds opening in love know each other.” I didn’t realize how much my first pet meant to me until he succumbed to cancer. He was my heart dog and the pain of losing him was unbearable. He taught me so much about love, especially unconditional love, and he was a powerful constant in my daily life. When he passed away, I wrote about the experience; it helped ease the pain. But, even now, thirteen years later, with another beloved pet in the family, the loss is still strong.

I wish I'd had Paul Gorman’s chapbook, Infinite Healing: Poems and Messages for the Loss of Your Animal Companion when I faced my first painful loss. His words, told in rhyming verse and with compelling sentiment, would have helped ease my sorrow, perhaps as much as writing about my pet did at the time. His gentle words speak volumes about the love one feels for their pet. In fact, pets teach us how to love – completely and absolutely: “our time was to reach/ what I will keep/ love for me/ and what pure love means.” Life and the life we’ll live beyond this life, is timeless.

The poet provides many profound thoughts to consider, complete with quotes from others to support his belief that there is a oneness between ourselves and our fur babies, a oneness that will never end. This book is a real treasure and will have animal lovers weeping again for the loss of their best friends, but weeping in a good way, knowing that these wonderful fur babies will be with us forever in our hearts and throughout eternity in the life hereafter. Loved it! Sublime thoughts.

Jennie More

Infinite Healing by Paul Gorman is a beautiful collection of poems about the experience of loving and losing a pet in death. The poems speak about the varying emotional experiences leading up to and after the death of a pet. These experiences include unconditional love, devotion, and loyalty. Gorman talks about how to overcome the grief, cope with the pain, and move on. Between poems, there are sets of questions about the death of an animal, questions you may have when a pet dies, and these questions and answers provide some solace to the grief-stricken. Infinite Healing is a set of simple and beautiful poems that encompass and accurately express the emotions of a pet owner and the grief they experience. Reading these poems will undoubtedly provide some comfort.

Infinite Healing by Paul Gorman is a beautiful collection of compellingly accurate poems describing the emotions and stages of grief that a pet owner or pet parent goes through at the death of their pet. As a pet owner, I could relate to all the poems. The poems are short but deeply profound in their simplicity. The poems that resonated with me the most include I Will Always Miss You, How You Lived, One Day For Me, God Sent Me You, Still With Me, and Another Pet To love. It can be especially hard for pet owners when their dogs become old, from the ages of nine or ten, as that expectation of their looming death brings a lingering sorrow. Gorman's beautiful poems will bring some comfort and perhaps joy in knowing that, in the end, the pet has lived its purpose.

Astrid Iustulin

Losing your pet is always a sad experience, and you do not always know how to express your feelings. If this is your case (or if you are looking for consolation), I recommend that you read Gorman Poetry's poetry collection, Infinite Healing. Written specifically for those who have lost their beloved pet, this short collection is a wonderful tribute to the love our companions have taught us. In addition to the poems, Gorman Poetry also includes some questions and answers to make you reflect. These can help readers who are grieving over the loss of their precious companion.

I was the owner of a pet myself (in my case, she was a cat), and unfortunately, I lost her, as has happened to many of us. Infinite Healing reminded me of all the good I received from my pet and showed me how deep the bond that united us was. In addition to bringing back many memories, it made me reflect on all the unconditional love my pet had given me. At first, I feared that this poetry collection might sadden me, and it was a pleasant surprise to find so many words of comfort here. I never thought anyone would write a collection of poems about the loss of our pets, so I am grateful to Gorman Poetry for this book. I recommend it to all owners who have lost their dear friends. I am sure they will be as moved and comforted as I have been.