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Hello all,

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Second off, I wanted to invite you to a really great holiday boutique. Forget Black Friday, you can find one-of-a-kind gifts, stocking stuffers and works of art at the 13th Annual Art & Soul Boutique Sale in a classy, no-stress atmosphere at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis. (See attached poster for dates and times.) Join us on that first Thursday evening and enjoy free wine and snacks and live music while you shop! Let’s see Target provide that kind of service!

Enter St. Albert’s through the door right behind the saint-and-his-frog statue at the corner of 32nd Ave. S. and E. 29th St. in Minneapolis. That’s one block north of East Lake Street where you turn to go to the TCF Bank.

If you or anyone you know is facing a first holiday without a beloved pet, I’ll be at the sale most of the time to sign and inscribe copies of my book “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss.” It just may be the only gift that can lift the heart of a grieving pet parent. (Or buy one and save it until that special someone needs it. I’m offering special show discounts and $2 from each book goes to support The Wildcat Sanctuary!)

See you there!



It’s often quite difficult knowing what to do or say to help a friend through the pain of pet loss. I came across this article by Kali Winters and appreciated her suggestions. I found these ideas quite apropos and wanted to share them with you. See also my Pet Memorial Products listings page for more ideas.—Sid Korpi

Each person handles loss differently and the loss of a pet is no exception. A simple gift basket containing several sentimental items is a wonderful way to show someone you care and extend your deepest sympathies for his loss.

A Memory Box

A memory box is a wonderful item to include in a gift basket for pet loss. It can hold photos of the pet, the pet’s collar and certificates of birth and/or death. Often times a pet owner will keep some of her pet’s personal items and having a beautifully crafted box to keep them in will be appreciated.

Personalized Cards

A card with a personal note is a great way to add that sentimental touch to your gift basket. You can also find poems on pet loss and include one inside the card.

Inspirational Book

A book of inspirational pet stories or a book on pet loss can be included in the gift basket. If you are not sure which book to choose, simply give a gift card to an online bookstore or, if you are near each other, choose a local bookstore.

Personalized Items

If you are able to get a hold of a photo of the pet, you can have that photo put on a mug, a tote bag, mouse pad, or even a shirt. Many places online will personalize items. Personalized calendars are very popular as well and if you have access to several photos of the pet, having a calendar made is a wonderful gesture.


If you do not have a photo of the pet but you know what type of breed the pet was, you can include a figurine of that breed in the gift basket. Go a step further and have it personalized with the pet’s name.

Photo Album

A blank photo album is perfect for the pet owner to use to keep photos of her pet. Offer to help her go through photos and add them to the photo album. This is a wonderful way to show your support and it gives her a chance to look through photos and be able to talk to talk about the pet and recall fond memories. This may even stir up some heart-felt laughter.


A box of tissues show that you understanding of the magnitude of the loss and that it is okay to mourn.

I will be speaking at the upcoming Spirit Spectacular Spring Event at the Crowne Plaza—Minneapolis North 2200 Freeway Blvd. Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
on Saturday, March 27 from 3:15–4:45 p.m. on the topic of Pet Loss—Receiving the Gifts Only Grieving Can Give. Click here to purchase tickets to this special event. Discussion and book signing will follow the talk. Click here to buy tickets for PET LOSS-Receiving the Gifts that Only Grieving Can Give Event.  Auction items available at the Spirit Spectacular Shows website.

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