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So Easy to Love Helps Pawrents Cope with Grief

Tripawds members understand that their dog is part of the family, but society as a whole still doesn’t really get it.


When it’s time to say goodbye to companion animals, we’re often left to cope without the support of human friends and family. Thankfully, books like Laurie Kaplan’s “So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to Healing Before and After the Loss of a Pet,” offers tools to help make it through the hardest days.


As the author of “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” and founder of the Magic Bullet Fund that  helps financially distressed pet pawrents pay for cancer care, Kaplan is one human who understands the depth of love we share with our animals.

In her newest book, she presents invaluable insight along with  helpful workbook-style tools for coping. From the moment you learn your beloved friend is at the end stages of her life to the point when you are dealing with sadness and grief after saying goodbye, you’ll have Kaplan’s caring insight to lean on.

One of the most helpful tools is this Quality of Life Scale, which helps readers evaluate their animal’s levels of:

  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Hydration
  • Hygiene
  • Happiness
  • Mobility
  • Quantity of Good Days versus Bad

In the first half of the book. readers are guided through decisions that should be made before their pet passes on. Kaplan then gently prepares pawrents to cope with the impending loss. The second half of the book is a tutorial that teaches how to heal in a non-denominational, straightforward manner.

So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to Healing Before and After the Loss of a Pet,” is a useful resource for all pet pawrents. We haven’t pawsonally read it yet but will soon. In the meantime if you get a copy for yourself, please let us know what you think about it here.

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