|The Final Farewell: Preparing for and Mourning the Loss of Your Pet is an excellent addition to our pet loss library. Co-authors Marty Tousley, RN and Katherine Heuerman have balanced the difficulty of dealing with death by providing the information needed for all of us to make decisions about our companion's final demise. Although the book is 74 pages, it is written in an easy to read format and does not dwell on any one topic.
Most of the other pet loss books are very informative of the grieving aspect of the process, but
The Final Farewell gives concrete suggestions of truly PREPARING for the final arrangements. In a direct but gentle way, the authors guide the reader through all the steps in a caring but rational manner. I was very impressed with the chapter on Arranging for After Death Care as they separately explored the advantages and disadvantages of each method of after death care (disposal).
Because of this book, I personally have changed some of the wording in our euthanasia consent form to a more understandable and compassionate format.
There are many references in the index of supplemental readings, support groups, web sites and individual companies that specialize in after care arrangements in the Phoenix area.
I highly recommend this book as a guide for both pet owners and for the professionals, family and friends that help with making the final arrangements.
ó Jack Quick, D.V.M., Editor, Arizona Veterinary News, January-February 1998
this book is currently out of print and no longer
sold in bookstores, several new and used copies are still available