Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet with No Apologies by Reagan J Pasternak

Griffin’s Heart: Mourning Your Pet with No Apologies by Reagan J Pasternak
Publisher: Creatures Align Press
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rated: 5 stars
Review by Lupine

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

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I’ve had pets my whole life and loved them all dearly. Losing them is difficult to be sure. But sometimes, you have one that’s extra special…and losing them is a bit like losing a child, or a limb and mourning them is deep, dark and difficult and it’s something you feel a little silly about or feel as if you shouldn’t hurt so much. After all, it’s JUST a pet, right?

I wish I’d had this book five years ago when I lost the dog of my heart. I still miss her every day, and her unexpected death sent me into a tailspin that I felt I had no right to be in. She was a dog. How do you justify that? This book helps you do just that. I admit to crying most of the way through, but it was the good kind of crying, those cathartic tears that heal as they are shed.

The book does two things: it shares the author’s own struggle with loss and the feeling that her deep grief was unacceptable. And it validates and helps other pet owners deal with their own loss, through shared stories and journal entries. I didn’t participate in all the journaling, but I did do the ones I needed to and it helped. Somehow, having a person I didn’t even know tell me it was okay to feel this deeply about a pet was what I needed to finally start working through those unresolved feelings. She validated me and my feelings, and the entire book was a virtual hug.

I loved this book. I want to buy copies for all my friends who are pet parents to give to them when their time of need comes. I can’t recommend it enough.


  1. Bob Parker says

    This is a very well written and edited book and outstanding for anyone who has the loss of a pet or favorite animal. I think it also can apply to humans. It is part memoir and part journal with plenty of space for photos.

  2. Jodi Konopinsky says

    Beautifully written book.

  3. Mary matuas says

    Excellent book

  4. I haven’t read the book yet, but I cannot wait!
    Reagan’s book acknowledges the importance of pets in our life, and the sense of loss we experience when they leave us. It reassures us that our grief is not “crazy” but a normal reaction to loss.

  5. Congrats on your success. Getting a book published is an incredible feat. Keep writing……

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