It seems strange to talk about grieving on a blog called The HAPPY but sadly, grieving the loss of a loved one or a cherished pet is a part of our time here on earth.
This photo of Earl was taken when he was about six weeks old and probably weighed about 10 ounces. Little did he know in a couple of weeks he would travel from his birth home in Michigan and travel to Indiana to meet the people who would give him his forever home. He didn’t know he would live to be fourteen and a half years old, weigh a whopping 9.6 pounds and make everyone he ever met laugh — although I do have to say, he does look pretty confident!
He has been gone for almost two months and I still get teary-eyed or cry when I talk about him and even now, writing about him I have to stop and dab my eyes. I have a feeling this will be the case for a long time. More and more though I notice that I’m able to talk about the fun times without tears. Will those good memories ever fill the hole in my heart? I honestly don’t know.
I do have several books that have helped me through the grieving process and I’d like to share them with you.
Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet by Gary Kowalski
Facing Farewell-Making The Decision To Euthanize Your Pet by Julie Reck DVM
All of these books are written by kind, compassionate people who know what it is to love a pet and miss it’s absence. In these books you’ll also find tips to help others understand what you’re going through and tips on dealing with those who say; “it was only a dog/cat/parakeet etc.” I might say some unladylike words or give such a person a hand gesture or two. The experts in these pages will give you better coping skills for handling insensitive people than I ever could.
If we love a pet, we all must someday take this sad journey. It’s heartening to know that others have gone before us and have written about it so eloquently.
Have a Happy Tuesday!
See you in a few days with a much lighter subject!