Good Grief by Sid Korpi
ABOUT GOOD GRIEF and SID KORPI
Sid Korpi has professional background as an editor, writer, journalist, English teacher, actor, and ordained minister / animal chaplain. She also has, in her words, a “lifelong devotion to the animal companions who have blessed and shared her life.” Combining her professional background with her understanding of the human-companion animal connection, she has created Good Grief.
Good Grief serves as a path to validation for those who have lost a companion animal. The loss of such a friend is not always legitimized as it is with a human death, although the pain is as real and as devastating. Sid Korpi understands this. She notes, “Unfortunately, our society on the whole discounts (this) grief as frivolous since they’ve ‘merely lost an animal.’ People often report that they got over the death of a fellow human being easier than they did that of their pet simply because they were given permission to really grieve over the human and thus found the support they needed to process those feelings. This same support is often sorely lacking when the intense feelings of sorrow are a result of pet loss.”
With Good Grief, Sid is hoping to reverse that mentality. In the book, she shares her personal insights along with those of professionals in relevant fields such as veterinary medicine, animal communication and religion. Through this book, Sid strives to reassure grieving individuals that they are not alone, and that it is okay to grieve for an animal as one would for a human.
“Too many of us have obviously felt we must keep silent in our anguish or be labeled somehow defective,” she says. “I want this book to end the misperception that we must suffer in solitary confinement and thus prolong, or stay permanently stuck in, our grief.”
Good Grief is available online through Sid’s website. She also holds book signings, pet loss classes and other appearances around the Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Click here for Sid Korpi’s appearances. In addition, Sid notes that $2 of the purchase price of each copy of Good Grief is donated to one of following animal rescue organizations: Pet Haven, Animal Ark, The Wildcat Sanctuary, Feline Rescue, or Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota.
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