My Dog Has Died: What Do I Do?

Making Decisions and Healing the Trauma of Pet Loss

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
176 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2016
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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 Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

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.