Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Reviewed by: Many people

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets
Available at MacMillan.com
ISBN:  9781250202239


"Losing a pet or other animal friend can be incredibly traumatic. This touching book is all about the bonds between humans and other species, and why we grieve their loss as much as we do."
—Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

"A thoughtful examination of a heartbreaking thing that happens to many of us, the death of a beloved pet, Lost Companions is a beautiful book about a largely ignored subject, and will help many people."
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Lives of Dogs

"When animals enter our lives and hearts, a difficult inevitability arises. None of us live forever, and because we often outlive our beloved pets, we will miss them terribly someday. It’s not a subject we like to talk about. Fortunately, Lost Companions does the talking for us, helping to prepare us, helping us to realize that grief is the flip side of all the delights they have given us and that we will always have."
—Carl Safina, New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Words and Becoming Wild

"Highly recommended for all animal lovers who inevitably must deal with the death of their pets."
—Library Journal (starred review)

"[A] moving and intimate study...Anyone who’s found it difficult to deal with the fact that pets’ 'lives are so much shorter' than humans’ will appreciate this compassionate work."
—Publishers Weekly

“The work of an accomplished, learned, and great-hearted man, Lost Companions offers a balm to all who face the sorrow of parting with a beloved animal. Like other classics by Jeffrey Masson, it is filled with helpful wisdom, original insight, and the beautiful, charming style of a masterful writer.”
—Matthew Scully, author of Dominion and former presidential speechwriter

&"Many of us are devoted to the pets as well as the wild creatures that share the world with us. Their deaths can be wrenching, yet the culture we live in often trivializes our grief. With empathy and tenderness, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson writes of the innate dignity of other animals and the strength and beauty of our mutual bond — illuminating our right to love them, and mourn their leaving, as deeply as we want."
—Lydia Millet, author of A Children's Bible

"This is not only an important book, it's a beautiful book--and absolutely essential reading for anyone who's ever loved and lost an animal companion. No other writer can shine a light into the very heart of the human-animal bond like Jeffrey Masson."
—Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer's Odyssey

About the Author:

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is among the most popular and admired writers on the emotional life of animals in the world. His books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep, among many others, and lives with his family in Bondi Beach, Australia.

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