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Help for Coping with Anticipatory Grief

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer by Doug Koktavy is now available at! In this enlightening read, Doug shares the lessons about living and dying that he learned from helping his canine brothers through hospice care.

This book introduced us to the concept of Anticipatory Grief and greatly helped us cope with many difficult emotions after discovering Jerry’s cancer had metastasized.

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer is a memoir that offers new and transforming insights into our relationships with companion animals. When Doug Koktavy reluctantly brought home two sibling Labrador retriever pups on his wife’s urging, he was sure the dogs would create upheaval in his already hectic life. He could not have known the dogs would become cherished family members and take him on a wild ride that would change his life forever.

We were fortunate enough to meet Doug a while back, and asked him about the Legacy of Beezer and Boomer in this video interview…

See what others have to say about this helpful book below. Read more reviews at Amazon.

“It is a rare snapshot into anticipatory grief, the very real pain we go through when our pets are departing. The book will tug at your heart.” —Betty J. Carmack, author, Grieving the Death of a Pet

“Not only is it so well written that you become a bystander observing the story from within, but the compassion for the vital connection we share with this wonderful kingdom oozes out of and between the lines.” —Martin Goldstein, DVM, author, The Nature of Animal Healing

“This unique book provides a welcome new tool in pet care, offering a subjective perspective on the reciprocal and health-promoting nature of our relationships with animals. This book will help thousands of people.” —Alice Villalobos, author, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond

“A heartfelt, transformative book about a difficult life journey. The pure unconditional love, living in the presence and acceptance of what life has to offer enables our animal companions to be a source of intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and psychological inspiration.” —Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD, director, Argus Institute at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

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