Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets

St. Martin’s. Jun. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781250202239. $27.99. SELF-HELP
From Masson (What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origin of Good & Evil; Dogs Never Lie About Love) comes a heartfelt book about grieving for one’s nonhuman family members. He affirms the need to mourn our pets as well as ways to help them in their final moments by offering stories that allow readers to explore their own responses and reactions to death and find ways to memorialize loved animals. After all, as the author says, “Grieving for an animal is what makes us human animals.”
VERDICT Highly recommended for all animal lovers who inevitably must deal with the death of their pets. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/20.]
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