Pet Loss

Review: Heavenly Headbutts

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Grieving the death of a cat is a painful process, often complicated by the lack of understanding of just how devastating losing a beloved cat can be. Many of us find comfort in the thought that eventually, we will be reunited with our cherished cats, a thought so widespread that it gave rise to the well known phenomenon of the Rainbow Bridge. In Heavenly Headbutts: Reflections of Hope about Cats and Eternity, Allia Zobel Nolan offers photos, scripture, quotes, affirmations and anecdotes that support her belief that we will see our cats again in the afterlife.Continue Reading

When a Client’s Cat Dies: A Tribute to Belle

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As a Reiki Practitioner, I rarely work with young, healthy animals. Most of my feline (and canine) clients suffer from degenerative diseases. Some are terminally ill. Reiki can help bring healing and balance to these animals by reducing stress, providing pain relief, alleviating side effects of conventional treatments, and strengthening the immune system.

Unfortunately, working with older animals also makes it inevitable that eventually, I’m going to lose these clients. Continue Reading

What Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving The Loss of a Pet

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As a society, we are not equipped to handle grief and loss, and many people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving.  This can be compounded when the loss is that of a pet.  Even people who are genuinely sorry and want to express their sympathy often don’t know what to say to comfort the grieving person.

It is difficult to know what to say, and as a result, people often, without meaning to, say the wrong things that, rather than providing comfort, only serve to upset the grieving person even more.   Sometimes, the best thing to say is to simply acknowledge the loss – because the only thing worse than saying the wrong thing is to not say anything at all.   As I’m dealing with my own grief about Amber, I’m once again reminded of how much some of the things people say hurt, even though they’re offered with the best intentions.Continue Reading