In review of “The Pet Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss”
Our business interacts every day with pet professionals across several states. One of the things I notice often amongst the pet professionals we serve is a sense of “weariness” surrounding the loss of yet another client’s pet. Coming from a background as a human funeral directorI have come to realize the grief that pet professionals deal with on a regular basis and often far more frequently than human death care professionals.
Wendy’s book provides practical and actionable suggestions to avoid or lessen the impact on pet professionals who deal with the death of pets on a regular basis. Through understanding the importance of recognizing the signs of compassion fatigue and burnout pet professionals are better able to help themselves and in turn their clients.
I highly recommend “The Pet Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss” for anyone who wishes to consistently care for client families in a professional and empathetic manner, while understanding this is not possible unless they take care of themselves first.
Director of Market Development/General Manager
Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services
Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey and Tennessee
A wonderful book for everyone in the pet care industry.Wendy provides a comprehensive and easy to understand explanation of the grief processsupported by case studies.
Each chapter is nicely summarized in the “QuickReference Tips” to help reinforce the major points.
As a practicingveterinarian of 20 years, I am confronted daily with pet loss and client grief.The emotional stress does take a toll…Wendy’s book will help prevent compassionfatigue for, not only myself, but also,many dedicated pet caregivers.
Jonna L. Anderson, DVM, Veterinarian
The Pet Professional’s Guide to PetLoss is excellent for pet business owners, animal care specialists, veterinarians,technicians, dog trainers, or anyone associated with a people that love theiranimals.
As a head dog trainer, I find it difficult to find the rightwords to comfort someone dealing with the grief of losing a beloved pet. As Wendy pointed out in her book, there are common myths about what tosay versus what we should say to an owner. I want to be helpful,supportive and compassionate when a client shares their grief with me.
Wendy has outlined some simple, easy statements that give me the words tobe more supportive.
Wendy has given business ownerssuch as myself a thorough guide for the recognition of “Compassionfatigue.” She has also given insight to a business owner as a clientwhat it may be like for animal care takers dealing with death on a daily basis.
This book presents a guide ina simple, concise way. Although, the emotion and stages are extremelycomplex; this is when you need the simplicity of language and messagein how to navigate through the realm of death and grief in a postive way.
From the Author
Hello Readers, In my career as a pet loss grief coach and specialist I found the increasing need to care for the people that care for our pets. Compassion fatigue and burnout are real for pet care professionals.