When we bring a companion animal into our lives, underneath the happiness we subconsciously know that the day will come when we must part ways. Somehow, someday, all of us will need to find a way to cope with that devastating loss. This is why books like “Just One More Day: A Dog Lovers Guide to Quality of Life and Healing from Pet Loss” are must-read material for every animal lover, and need to be read long before the time comes to refer to them.
Yet it’s odd that we don’t. For example, when author Geoffrey Bain proudly received the first editions of his book,“Just One More Day” he hit the ground running and visited boutique pet supply shops to inquire about stocking it.
But the pet store owners weren’t as excited about the book as he was. They told him that putting a pet loss guide in their store would be “too depressing” for customers!
The reality is, we can deny it all we want when times are good, but all of us will travel this road someday.
Thus, one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our families is to know what to expect when we cope with the last bittersweet months with our best friends. Bain’s book is one of the most comprehensive guides to preparing for the inevitable.
Each section of Just One More Day, from “How Do I Know When It’s Time?” to “Euthanasia and the Final Farewell” is filled with heartwarming, real-life essays written from pet parents and animal health experts who bravely share their experiences in order to reach out and help pet parents learn, prepare and heal from such great loss.
Part of the inherent contract we make with our animals is that we will take care of them and they will predecase us. Once I experienced the loss of my pets, I realized I could survive it. As painful as it was, I knew I could endure it again. That freedom in knowing releases me to welcome new pets and receive all they joy their new lives bring. Smith offers hope to those of you whose grief is lingering; Death is not the end. It is the change from one realm and form of life to another.” — Katie Boland, When an Animal Loved One Dies.
Some essays will make you smile, others will bring tears to your eyes, but all of them will reassure you that when you are mourning the loss of your companion animal, you aren’t alone in your feelings of devastating loss.
Don’t wait until you are grieving; read “Just One More Day” now, then put it away somewhere, for some day. . .
Geoffrey Bain created this book in honor of his beloved dog Abby, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009. Abby wasn’t a Tripawd candidate so instead, she received palliative care, and a loving goodbye from Bain who later wrote the book as a coping mechanism for the tremendous grief he was trying to process.
“Everyone grieves differently, for different times, in different ways. There is no normal in grieving.
Without a doubt, the death of a pet is a traumatic experience. It’s not just a dog; it’s like a family member. And sometimes, society downplays our pet’s role in society. You can’t take time off work to grieve the loss of a pet without people thinking that to be strange. I’m learning that grief has to be expressed, no matter how painful it is.” — Author Geoffrey Bain
Win a Copy of “Just One More Day”
We met Mr. Bain while attending the Blog Paws 2012 conference, and when we told him how many of our members are in the midst of coping with canine cancer, he graciously gave us a free copy to give away to our Tripawds community.
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One winner will be selected at random on Sunday July 15.