Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter


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$27.99  $26.03
Mariner Books
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5.28 X 7.54 X 1.07 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author

E.B. BARTELS is a former Newtonville Books bookseller and a GrubStreet instructor, with an MFA from Columbia. Her writing has been published in Catapult, The Rumpus, The Millions, and The Toast. She lives in the Greater Boston area.


Good Grief is just what the doctor ordered--a wonderful, unusual, and healing book, full of wisdom and compassion. Nothing can erase the searing sorrow of losing an animal you love. But this insightful, inspiring, intelligent book will offer real comfort. E.B. Bartels' extensive and fascinating research reveals deep and transformative truths about the essential process of grieving. Read this book to affirm that love never dies, and you are not alone. -- Sy Montgomery, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be a Good Creature

Good Grief is a love letter to animal family had and lost, and a much needed hand to hold in the lonesome after. If ever you've felt unseen in grieving for an animal companion, this book will heal you with traditions, new and old--a love known the world over. Bartels' storytelling is gentle, generous, and joyful. In Good Grief you'll find the community that is essential not only to mourning, but to celebration. -- T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

If you've ever had a pet, or loved a pet, this is a must-read. . . It's a gentle, insightful, funny book that reminds us why we open ourselves up to the animals in our lives. -- Book Riot

Good Grief is a tender and often funny guide that celebrates the imaginative and far-fetched and entirely ordinary ways we grieve, celebrate, and memorialize--and, yes, sometimes try to preserve--our departed pets. While author E.B. Bartels provides arcane and fascinating details of mummification, cloning, taxidermy, and freeze drying, the heart of Good Grief lies in the profound lessons our animal companions provide--both in life and in death. -- Cat Warren, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows

In writing and researching Good Grief, E.B. Bartels has given us animal lovers a gift. This book oozes empathy, is full of fun facts (wait until you read about Man O'War's funeral!), and Bartels is a wonderful writer and a trustworthy guide. If you have ever grieved the loss of an animal friend, you will find your people in these pages. I found it a supreme comfort and a total joy, and it's a book I will treasure forever. -- Annie Hartnett, author of Unlikely Animals and Rabbit Cake

A poignant and fascinating read that demonstrates how deeply connected humans have always been to their pets. Anyone who has loved a pet will love Good Grief.

-- Sarah Chavez, Executive Director, the Order of the Good Death

Bartels has written a rich, informed, and personal meditation on how we say goodbye to our pets. There's comedy afoot, but it's cloaked in a moving respect for the deep love between animals and their people. -- Matthew Gilbert, author of Off the Leash

In this offbeat yet heartfelt debut, essayist Bartels digs into the fraught topic of pet death... Bartels covers [the topic of mourning rituals] with pathos and wit, and lends her narrative a touching personal spin by documenting the demise of her scaled and feathered childhood companions... Animal lovers shouldn't pass up this illuminating and thoroughly charming work. -- Publishers Weekly

A warm homage to a special bond. -- Kirkus Reviews

Bartels does an excellent job of making a grieving pet parent feel seen. . . An insightful look into many cultures and grief practices pertaining to humans and their furry (or scaly) friends from around the world. -- Library Journal