Respected Attorney And Political Consultant Admits Weakness
In our modern busy world of high powered executives and corporate climbers we do not expect to hear of men mourning the loss of a cat.
This is exactly the emotion that Michael Yaki, a man once senior aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and currently working as a political advisor, exposes on his latest blog entry.
Why should we be surprised that a formidable opponent in the court room has a soft spot for his family pets?
Perhaps it is because we live in a world where men do not cry without fear of exposing a weakness. Maybe it is because grown-ups should know that animals only have a short lifespan and we should expect their deaths. Or is that we don’t have time to stop and mourn every time an animal dies.
I congratulate someone as high profile as Michael Yaki who can publicly admit that his cat, Delos, had a special place in his heart and in passing Delos has left hole that will not easily be filled.
Delos - Sadly Missed
Pets are completely dependent on us for food and shelter, medicine and comfort. In exchange, they give far more in return than we could ever provide — unconditional love. And in our crazy, stressed out, burnt-out lives, that is something irreplaceable and, indeed, indispensable. Perhaps there is more to that civilization myth than meets the eye.
The rewards of keeping a pet are great.
The cost of loosing a pet is often underrated.
Only when more people are brave enough to share the impact their pet has had, and the pain their passing has caused, will it be socially acceptable to cry in public over the loss of a family pet.
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Posted in Pet loss, tagged cat loss, dog loss, goldfish loss, hamster loss, horse loss, mourning pet loss poems, pet loss poem, pet poem, poem, poem for death of dog, poem grieving loss cat, poem on animal death, rat loss on July 20, 2008|
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When We Two Parted: By Lord Byron
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this!
The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow;
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
The vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame:
I hear thy name spoken
And share in its shame.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o’er me –
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee
Too deeply to tell.
In secret we met:
In silence I grieve
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? –
With silence and tears.
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Posted in Pet loss, tagged cat loss, cat poem, death, dog loss, dog poem, grief, loss of cat, loss of dog, loss of pet poem, memorial, Pet loss, pet loss poem, poem, sadness on July 8, 2008|
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SHE DWELT AMONG THE UNTRODDEN WAYS
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove;
A maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love.
A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye;
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and oh
The difference to me!
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Posted in Pet loss, tagged animal death, cat loss, cat loss poem, dog loss, grief, loss of a pet cat, mourning pet loss poems, Pet loss, pet loss poem, pet loss poems, pet poem, poem, poem for dead bird, poem for dead fish, poem for dead horse, poem for dead pet, poem for death of cat, poem for death of dog, poem grieving loss cat, rainbow bridge, support on May 30, 2008|
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There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
Pet Memorials Creating eternal memories.
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Pet memorials serve more than to “mark the spot.”
Don’t fall prey to these common myths surrounding the loss of your pet.
Robin Jean Brown exposes 14 myths that are commonly associated with pet loss.
If you’re still holding onto any of the 14 myths of grief…’s comforting guide is absolutely for you.
- Myth#11: Children handle pet death rather easily. The experience will not be carried over into adult life.
- Myth#12: It is best to protect children from the upsetting truth of what has happened to their pet.
- Myth#13: Pets don’t mourn for other pets.
Not only are the 14 common myths exposed, Robin Jean Brown also answers the common questions raised surrounding the loss of a pet.
For instance How do you know when the time is right to put your pet to sleep. Get this right…and your furbaby will pass on humanely. Learn how to prepare, what happens during euthanasia, and how to cope emotionally (and how to help your pet cope). (Page 111)
Or maybe you think you are abnormal and want to know Why you feel so much hurt and pain. Why you can be assured that it’s not crazy or unusual for you to be feeling this way. (Page 54)
If you have a young family it is crucial to know What to do if a child’s pet dies. Make a mistake, and your child’s grief can become worse. Handle this correctly, and it will ease your child’s experience and help them cope and fully recover. (Page 102)
One of the keys to surviving pet loss is knowing How to get the help you need from other people. Have you noticed that most people are dismissive of you and don’t seem to understand the pain you’re going through? Does it seem like they’re often more polite than they are truly empathetic? You’ll learn the secrets to knowing what to ask for. (Page 85)
Does it seem like you’re all alone in the world? It doesn’t have to be that way. Robin explains how and why your friends and family really want to help you, and gives you an action plan to ask them, the right way, and make the people around you into your own support group (Page 82).
Make plans now! So you will know What happens when a pet dies? Robin explains all the options — including cremation, pet cemetery burial, at-home burial, pet preservation, veterinary disposal…and even a collection of alternative memorials. (Page 127) That way you’ll have peace of mind that you know exactly what to do when faced with this unpleasant…yet necessary…task.
This book is loaded with all the information you and your family will need to know to survive the grief of pet loss, and will help you to ensure the mental well-being essential to recovery.
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