When is serious doubt, send a card, flowers, food, but by no means say anything stupid.
“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” ―Leo Tolstoy
“She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
*This is one of the most brilliant quotes I’ve ever come across.*
*Many of you know that I am a cat lover. I’ve had cats my entire life.
Losing animals we are bonded with is, oftentimes, more difficult than losing a person. There are no mixed emotions with animals, there’s just love and companionship. They have an incredible way of healing and mending us, of reminding us to slow down, and of showing us unmatched affection.
Every pet owner is different, but I think we can all agree that we’d do anything within our power to care for them and provide them with the absolute best life possible. Thankfully, there are so many new healing methods and things we can do to prolong their lives.
This article is a perfect example of the lengths we go to and how we attempt to heal after losing a beloved animal.*
I Know That…
“I know that it’s easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because while death is irrevocable, and the grief will lessen in time, pain is too often merely relentless and irreversible.” ―Robert Goolrick
And Then It Was…
“And then it was, that grief and pain made themselves known to me as never before. Note this, because I knew the full absurdity of Fate and Fortune and Nature more truly than a human can bear to know it. And perhaps the description of this, brief as it is, may give consolation to another. The worst takes its time to come, and then to pass. The truth is, you cannot prepare anyone for this, nor convey an understanding of it through language. It must be known. And this I would wish on no one in the world.” ―Anne Rice
Dog Crying At Owner’s Grave
People always think I’m a few fries short of a Happy Meal when I talk about things of this nature, but it’s extremely common.
I spend a lot of time in Massachusetts because I have family there, and it’s my second home. I’ve spent my entire life going to Boston, Marblehead, Salem, Cape Cod, etc. The bombings Monday were horrific, but I find myself so speechless that I can’t really discuss it. It’s too “shades of 9/11” for me, so you probably won’t see me say much on the subject, except that I find the President attempting to turn this into something it’s not deplorable. A major U.S. city being bombed has nothing to do with guns, get off your high horse with your ulterior motives and start doing something positive to protect the people of this country.
Such An Amazing Quote!
“No truth can cure the sadness we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see that sadness through to the end andlearn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sadness that comes to us without warning.” ―Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood