Losing a pet is like losing a family member
No one can tell us how to grieve or when the right time is to stop crying.
GRIEF can be incredibly cruel and greedy. It can break every little bit of us apart, it can overwhelm us to a point where it dramatically darkens our view of the world, it can paralyse us and often leave us with more questions than answers.
My family and I recently lost our beloved cockatoo, Sunshine, who was 33 years of age and the absolute light of our lives.
Losing a family member, pet or person, can make us feel like our world has come to a screeching halt and the harshness of the reality can hit extremely hard. One thing to seek solace in is knowing they have stepped away from the cruel clutches of pain, fear and suffering and found their peace.
In the midst of all the morbidity, memories are the greatest of gifts. When the dark clouds roll into our minds and threaten to rain down and wash away every ounce of happiness and inner harmony we’ve ever felt in just one moment, family and friends are there to catch the tears.
No one can tell us how to grieve or when the right time is to stop crying. We all maintain different relationships of varying depths and no one else gets a say in how we say goodbye. Pets are part of the family too, the bonds we share with them are equally as powerful as the ones we share with people.
Time is a crucial bandaid when it comes to dealing with the loss of a loved one.
As time passes by, the memories remain vividly, and provide so much comfort. It’s like when a storm strikes, the sky may be extremely dark but hidden behind the clouds and the chaos is the sun.
It never goes away. It’s always there no matter how dark and morbid everything gets, the sun is always there to make the world glow once again in all of its glory.
Sadly we don’t get the pleasure of living forever or being invincible but we do get to live every day to its absolute fullest and make memories that live on.