A Special Place for Charlee –
For children in grades 3-6, younger for reading aloud. Floppy-eared Charlee (feminine for Charlie) was already part of the family when narrator Mark was born. Boy and pup grew up together and were best friends and playmates. Years later, when Charlee needed to be euthanized because of heart failure, the entire family mourned the dog’s death. Charlee’s vet encouraged Mark to share his feelings of sadness and grief with those he loved. In fact, Mark’s family set aside a special time to sit together in the backyard and remember Charlee. They made a scrapbook to collect their memories and planted a flowering bush near Charlee’s favorite backyard spot. Yet Mark’s sadness lingered until, finally, time and an understanding neighbor helped heal his pain. This simply told story is right on the mark in legitimizing a family’s, and particularly a child’s, grief over the loss of a pet. Its sound counsel and suggestions for coping are gently incorporated into the straightforward storyline, and understated black-and-white drawings eloquently reflect the characters’ emotions.
Forever In My Heart
– This remembrance journal is a special gift you can give to clients whose pets have died. It helps ease pet owners’ grief by remembering their pets’ lives. The journal recognizes the human-animal bond and that grieving people need to celebrate the time they spent with their pets. Written by the same authors as Good-bye My Friend
and A Final Act of Caring
, this sensitive book is an ideal way to show your understanding of your client’s loss. It’s an inexpensive gift and more permanent than flowers or a card. Forever in My Heart includes poetry and stories, along with spaces for pet owners to write their own stories and paste in photos.
Good-bye My Friend
– Through personal stories of pet loss, topics such as memories, pain, grief, and helping children deal with the loss of a pet are discussed. The booklet includes a page for you to sign or personalize for your clients.
– This fill-in memory book is a gentle guide for looking back at a pet’s life from the joyful beginning to the sad farewell. Space is provided for photos or drawings, recording memories, and celebrating the many ways a particular animal was so special. For adults and children alike, the completed book becomes a treasury of remembrances to live on in the heart.