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Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Must Have on a Tough Subject

I am glad I read this book.

I am even more glad to have it, waiting on my book shelf. Ready to help me when that monster called grief, will show its ugly face again.

I read Roxanne Hawn's "Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate" with two questions in mind, was Viva my heart dog? am I wallowing? I got my answers, but more importantly, I also found things I could have done differently that would have helped me coping with the grief. Something I never expected would happen.

Grief is immensely personal, and I remember how I also wanted to own it. Find my way. Not listen to others. Being stubborn about that nobody could help me, and how I persisted on drinking the cup empty alone.

In her book, Roxanne never tells me what to do, instead she gives me the feeling I am not alone, and makes suggestions along the way. She is never wallowing about her own loss - the book is inspired, in lack of a better word, by Roxanne's loss of her own heart dog, Lilly -  in the book she is the gentle voice saying "I get it", and "here is what you could try to make it easier on yourself".

Together with the fact the book is short and to the point - I wouldn't want to read a huge volume about grief, while grieving - I know now I have a new best friend, waiting patiently on my bookshelf for me to reach out to for when I would need it again.


The e-book is available already, the printed version is just around the corner. For information on where to buy, visit Roxanne's blog.

1 comment

  1. I've been planning to start this one too... I feel like it could be on point with regard to my Bella too.


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