I hope this is not going to throw cold water on your discussions but it occurs to me that some of you may appreciate this.

 

Years ago I lost my beautiful Bijou and 18 year old kitty that I considered my soul mate. I was devasted and after three weeks of terrible grieving I decided it was not healthy and looked on the internet for pet loss groups. I couldn't find anything. I found a lot of sites that promised you a page to do a memorial free and then after a couple days sent you and invoice, others who really took advantage of the vulnerable and sold tacky memorial junk. So I did a website myself. It is called Tribute Memorial and it is to help people get through the loss of a pet. If you are lucky enough not to need it now, maybe a friend does.

 

Tribute Memorial has lots of advice, suggestions and generally moral support. Among other things it addresses how to decide if the time has come to make a final decision about your pet. It even has toll free numbers to call if one feels the need to speak to a grief counsellor. It is all free. Nothing to purchase and no annoying popup ads to distract you. 

 

Grieving is a very personal thing and no two people grieve the same way. I hope you will copy the link and keep it in case the need ever arises.  Above all, I hope it brings you what you need if or when you are faced with the loss of a beloved pet:

             http://www.TributeMemorial.net

 

 

While I wanted to give people some peace of mind, I didn't want people to be depressed after visiting so there are also stories and articles and fun, interesting stuff for you to read if you like. Almost all the stories are about cats. My cats :)

 

 

 

 

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Life and death it is a cycle.  Mourning for those who experience the loss is of the utmost importance because if they do not mourn they will not stop grieving so I think this was a great thing to share. 

Lynn, I can't thank you enough for this.

You are so welcome Laura. I am really pleased this website has gone around the world and I have had people from Japan and England write to tell me it helped them. So if it helps you in any way, I am delighted.

laura52 said:

Lynn, I can't thank you enough for this.

You are so right Kimberly. If you keep it all bottled up, it can have a very negative result on the psyche.

Kimberly said:

Life and death it is a cycle.  Mourning for those who experience the loss is of the utmost importance because if they do not mourn they will not stop grieving so I think this was a great thing to share. 

I haven't been on here for a while because my beautiful dog got sick.  She was finally diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer and was put down on Wednesday.  I am still in a daze.  I never expected to feel so sad.  I will check out your Tribute Memorial.  I still have my cat, but I have no way of telling what he is thinking as his behaviour hasn't changed very much.

 

 



Ellen Ann said:

I haven't been on here for a while because my beautiful dog got sick.  She was finally diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer and was put down on Wednesday.  I am still in a daze.  I never expected to feel so sad.  I will check out your Tribute Memorial.  I still have my cat, but I have no way of telling what he is thinking as his behaviour hasn't changed very much.

 

Ellen sorry for your loss. you still have your cat. As someone said earlier life and death is a cycle that all beings go through. Take care. ahamed

 

Lynn my heart goes out to you. Lost my cute little schnauser, Schon Belon in May 1984. day before Mother's Day, of all days. Still hear her collar jingling when I visit my Mum. Got 2 photos, but it replace my live furry friend.

 

Chubs, my tuxeudo cat, will be 15 in Sept and already thinking about finding a new furry friend to replace her. Not that i want her to leave me, but know it will happen someday. She's very spry for her age. She takes high dives off the bed and is constantly grooming herself. She loves flowers, especially sunflowers. Don't think artificial will harm her. She likes to gnaw on them.

Ellen Ann I am so very sorry you lost your dog.  It is so hard when we lose our furry family that touch our hearts.  My thoughts are with you.
 
Ellen Ann said:

I haven't been on here for a while because my beautiful dog got sick.  She was finally diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer and was put down on Wednesday.  I am still in a daze.  I never expected to feel so sad.  I will check out your Tribute Memorial.  I still have my cat, but I have no way of telling what he is thinking as his behaviour hasn't changed very much.

 

 

Thank you Laura and Ahmed.  I find this a very busy group and hard to find some things.  I knew I had posted but there have been many posts since.  It is now June 10, and I am feeling much better.  It has been almost a month.  For the first time in my life (I am retired) I was able to cry and let out my feelings and spend time alone.  It worked because I started to feel better although I still look for her in all the places she used to be.  I still have my cat so I guess that qualifies me to be a member of this group.  I find it hard to relate to cats though.  Nemo (cat) did seem odd for the first few days my dog was gone, but he seems to be fine now.  He has become extra affectionate so I am note sure what that means.  I don't think I will get another dog and I can't get another cat because Nemo has hyper thyroidism and has to eat a special Hills diet.  It would be hard to feed cats in two separate places especially since I leave the dry food down until it is gone.

 

Anyway, life goes on and I once again thank you for your replies. 

 

Ellen Ann, healing is something that no two people do at the same time.  Beau, my kitty has been gone for almost 5 months and there are still mornings I come down and expect him to be there, waiting at the cupboard to be fed or to say hello if my husband already fed him.

 

One day at a time and I agree about taking on the responsibility of another cat if Nemo is on a special diet.  Hey, jump in and join the crowd.  I am furryless right now with no animals and I am there everyday if I can be.  

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