Hurricane Katrina Reveals the Agony of Pet Loss

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Animal lovers expressed outrage when people affected by Hurricane Katrina were forced to leave behind beloved pets. As a horrified world watched images of animals being snatched from sobbing people's arms, it served as a wake-up call that pet loss hurts deeply.

Animal lovers expressed outrage when people affected by Hurricane Katrina were forced to leave behind beloved pets. As a horrified world watched images of animals being snatched from sobbing people's arms, it served as a wake-up call that pet loss hurts deeply. The importance of animal-human relationships and the depth of suffering when they are broken can no longer be dismissed as trivial, glibly ridiculed, or laughed away.

To address the need for mourning the death of an animal in the family, clergy members and best-selling authors Allen and Linda Anderson wrote "Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit." This comprehensive set of materials consoles the bereaved as they attempt to heal from a loss that can be as severely damaging as the death of a human, yet is often misunderstood by others. The Andersons, founders of the Angel Animals Network, honestly address the spectrum of feelings that arise after the loss of an animal friend - despair, loneliness, anger, alienation, disappointment, and self-doubt. Candid about their personal experiences with pet loss, the authors present moving stories and experiences of others who have struggled and recovered.

Filled with inspirational ideas and exercises, "Rainbows & Bridges" walks adults, children, and even, other animals in the household through a process the Andersons call organic grieving. They help people remember the past, mourn the present, and find hope for the future.

The kit contains:

--"Finding Comfort after the Loss of an Animal Friend": A 128-page book offering guidance on every aspect of grief and showing how to find other ways to fill the needs an animal companion has met.

--"A Celebration of Life Journal": Questions and prompts with space for writing down thoughts and feelings and keeping a scrapbook to create mementos that honor and remember a pet.

--"Meditation Cards": A 25-card set of reflections for gaining peace and perspective about an animal companion who has made a special contribution to the lives of those who miss him or her.

--"Memorial Cards": Instructions and readings to enable anyone to hold a pet memorial service by choosing or mixing elements from three types of services: religious, secular, and nature-based.

The front cover of the box is a frame for displaying a photo of the beloved pet. The kit also includes the touching legend of the Rainbow Bridge - where animals are said to go after they die until they reunite with their human companions and cross the bridge together.

Ideal for individuals, couples, and families who have lost a pet due to death, disappearance, disaster, or any other circumstance, "Rainbows & Bridges" makes a thoughtful and supportive gift to express condolences, offer compassion, and aid with the healing process.

RAINBOWS & BRIDGES: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

October 10, 2005 * Animals/Gift * 6 x 8 * $24.95 * ISBN 1-57731-503-0

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