A couple of days ago my dear friend lost her much loved 16 year old cat. She and her husband have no children so her kitty was her baby.My friend was already going thru a really difficult time because she just lost her father suddenly from a heart attack in November. I would like to offer her some words of comfort, I have read several poems on this site dealing with the loss of a pet, could someone please point me to one of them. It would be very much appreciated.
I hope all of you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas. From me and Molly Beagle
Poems are nice, but sincere words from your heart will mean more to her especially in this difficult time. I would go to a Hallmark card store and see if they have Christmas cards for those going through tough times, make some cookies and take this over there personally and give her the gift of your time. In this hurry up world, sometimes sitting and letting your friend have time with you to cry is more valuable than words someone else wrote.
Thanks all for the suggestions. My friend lives next door so my shoulder is always available to her, we are both animal lovers so she knows I understand her pain,as I have lost some of my own fur babies. I was going to ask her husband for a picture of their cat, and I mostly wanted a nice poem/ verse to sort of make a framed memory for her to give her in a few weeks. I just hate it so bad for her that she has had to go thru this at Christmas and on top of losing her Dad. Again, thanks guys, and Happy Holidays to you all.
Hello Ms. Pooch: I am new here and Please accept for your friend my heartfelt condolences on both her losses. Here is an idea: How about confirmation that only the physical body of her Father and her furbaby are gone, NOT their spirits and souls?In Ecclesiastes 12:7(old testament) in the Bible it talks about when people die in old age and in 1Corinthians 15:50+(new testament) it talks about the spirits and souls and what happens at death.(it is not to be a depressing subject but an uplifting one) the immediate moment when our spirits disconnect from our physical bodies they go IMMEDIATELY(capitalized for emphasis not yelling) to God. The spirit and soul isn't dead they are literally with GOD!(their creator who loves animals too(more than even we do!)(the Bible is filled through and through with references for teaching which uses animals for examples(even what may at first be thought to be a negative reference is not really that cos GOD does love HIS animals and cares about them as well. What you could do is to share with your friend that her furbaby(and her dad) are literally being cared for by GOD and the angels! and do not have to deal with a physical body's limitations problems,etc anymore(just the physical body died not who the furbaby and dad are.(personality,emotions preferences,etc) I hope that will help.
***Edited By: plrcdhlvr on 12/24/2006 5:00:42 PM*** Reason: wrong reference and typing errors
As a devout Christian myself (and my friend is a believer as well) we know in our heads that the spirits of those we love and lose (2 or 4 legged) are with our Heavenly Father, but when the pain of loss is still so fresh its hard to tell it to your heart. But in time we know that comfort comes from knowing this, it just takes time.
Thank you for your kind response, and a very blessed New Year I wish to you.
Wonderful! I didn't know you are also a Sister in Christ(I have been and of course still am for many years) I know how it goes you might want to read the book by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)I think I spelled her name right but this is from memory) about the 4 stages of grief it works the same for someone with a loved one dying(people or pets) I have been in that position myself so I can empathize a photot album of the different stages of her baby's life can help and lots of loving support from friends and family like yourself. I also wish you and all the TP crew a Blessed New year Did you know that the number "7" is the biblical number of spiritual completeness?