Thank you for visiting, and for backing the Book Project. The list of acknowledged contributors is under the "Storybook" menu, as "Benny's Better Angel Brigade." My deepest gratitude goes to all of those wonderful people.
And as always, please share this story with anyone you wish.
Benny was my best friend for 9 years. He was born on January 29th, 2007. I met him when he was 5 days old. He came home with me when he was 8 weeks old. We went through everything together - relationships came and went, we nearly lost the house to foreclosure, my father passed away, and he never lost his basic, boundless happiness.
On January 28th, 2016, when his kidneys finally failed him, I had to give him the ultimate help, to deliver him from his bodily struggles. It crushed me. I wrote Benny's Story to process my grief. Don't read it in public, and find someone to hug ahead of time.
The next day, it had already been shared over 10,000 times. It reached 100,000 shares by the 5th day. In the first two weeks, it had been read by around 20 million people. I stopped counting when my guesstimate reached 160 million people. It's been truly amazing. Many people have requested that I print a physical book, so we're going to do just that, by launching a Kickstarter campaign on April 28th, three months to the hour after Benny left his struggles behind him. Get your very own first-edition copy by clicking on the photo at the top of the page.
I am so glad that his voice has resonated with so many, and I hope it helps people cope with their own grief. That was Benny's true purpose, to share his love, and make people feel connected, and worthy of enthusiastic support, even if they didn't believe it themselves. And in that way, as long as his story keeps touching people, he will never truly die.
I am so thankful for that, grateful for the time we had here together, and I really appreciate your visit, too.
Benny, I love you so much. And I miss you the same amount.
Cathartic Writing - Let Benny's story help you
If you have made it to this site, then you can no doubt relate to the heartbreak of grief. Perhaps it's a pet, perhaps its a family member or friend, regardless, the pain is real and can seem endless and suffocating. But there is healing in the words that are born from intense grief; they are pure, they are free from the daily grind. John created an excellent example of just how powerful this kind of healing, or cathartic, writing can be. You do not have to be a professional writer to create beautiful, and powerful writing. Some of the most powerful cathartic words come from children dealing with all kinds of loss and trauma. Here at BennyPointer.com, we want to give the public a safe place to harness their own creativity as a healing force. And through this, should you feel like sharing on our Forum, that healing will reach around the world, just like Benny's story. Imagine hundreds, or even thousands of pieces like this circling the planet, helping people come to terms with loss. We welcome you to our little corner of healing: Benny's Place.