Guest Post by Linda Mohr

Today’s Catnip Connection is a tribute to Amber who passed away on May 13. She was Ingrid King’s inspiration for The Conscious Cat and as Ingrid described her “a gentle, loving cat with a wise old soul.”

The following There is a New Star Shining in the Sky Tonight was written by Sarah Hartwell. She released this essay into the public domain so that it may be freely distributed.

“There is an old belief that the stars shining in the night sky are the spirits of those who have died. They have shed their earthly bodies and exchanged them for bodies made of light; thousands upon thousands of our dear departed friends all promoted to glory in the night sky. There is another saying that the brightest flame burns the shortest.

My friend, you were the brightest star in my own universe. While I burn on, my flame dimmed by grief and despair at your passing, the stars are watching me. They are too far away for me to touch, just as you have gone somewhere I cannot follow until my own star-time comes. They cannot be held close for comfort, just as I can no longer hold you close, though I held you close to comfort you in your final hours. We were together for such a short time, but the stars will burn forever.

One day I will grow tired of this earthbound body, my own star-time will come and my spirit will soar into the sky to burn with all those friends who have gone before me. On the inky cloth of space we will be reunited in constellations of joy. Until then, my flame burns low and dim and cold without you. Through my tears I look upwards to see if you are watching me and what do I see?

There is a new star shining in the sky tonight.”

Peace and hope to my dear friend Ingrid.

Linda Mohr is the author of Tatianna – Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend.   For more information about Linda, and her book, please visit her website and her blog.

7 Comments on A Tribute to Amber from Catnip Connection

  1. Just wanted to stop by and leave you soft comforting purrs. We are very sorry for your loss. All kitties are very special, but there is just something about those torties. Your Amber was beautiful. (((hugs)))

  2. I hadn’t seen this piece before until Linda posted it. My favorite, along the same lines, has always been this passage from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince:

    In one of the stars I shall be living
    In one of the stars I shall be laughing
    And so it will be
    As if all the stars were laughing
    When you look at the sky at night.

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and reading these tributes – your support means so much.

  3. I hope Ingrid finds peace and comfort knowing she was an incredible cat owner to Amber. Animals/pets are such a gift and it is always difficult when they pass on…….take care..

  4. So beautiful. That made me cry. Her book looks like a handy one to have on before a death happens.

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