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Indie Book Award Winner by Leigh Ann Gerk

Available in Paperback and Kindle

My love of writing and my firm belief and appreciation for the human-animal bond inspired me to write this children’s book Dear Brave Friend. This special book would be a treasured gift to give to a child or adult (as we all have an inner child within us) or perhaps a special gift just for YOU.

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This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book. 

“ Dear Brave Friend lovingly demonstrates healthy grieving to children who have experienced the death of a pet. Poignantly presented in the form of a letter from a pet to a young child this book deftly covers the variety of feelings that the young reader may encounter while letting them know that, whatever their emotion, it is a normal and healthy way to experience loss. The author brings her expertise as a counsellor in pet loss and grief companioning to this touching book which also provides exercises for children to express their feelings.”


—Next Generation Indie
Book Awards Judge

“This sweet and meaningful book is sure to support the whole family. The author has taken care to capture what it’s like for a child to lose a friend and impart a message of hope.”


—Kathleen Cooney, 
Veterinarian and end of life specialist

“ Dear Brave Friend is a beautiful way to talk with children about pet loss. The story line and illustrations are powerful tools that give a child’s heart permission to know that they might feel a certain way, and it’s perfectly acceptable. Coupled with the practical workbook at the end, this book has it all—not only for children and parents, but for all ages! This is a “highly recommend” read for every pet lover!”

 —Coleen A. Ellis, Pet Loss Pioneer

Two Hearts Pet Loss Center

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