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05-11-2008 11:37 PM -- By: Angie,    Critters.com memorial:   Tom-Tom Memorial
HI Everyone,   just wanted say "Happy Mothers Day" to all you mothers.                                                              Please visit my Tom-Tom's memorial.

Like Kim - Rusty's mom, I am not a mother of human children, but I have amimal babies.  I lost my baby Tom-Tom on March  7  this year.   I didn't  get acknowledged either, but thats ok... I know that my Tom-Tom was sending me love from heaven, saying   "Happy Mother's Day   mommy, I love you!"

Mommy loves you too, Tom... I am not the same without you.  Mommy & Daddy  still talk about you EVERYDAY. We will Never forget you, you will live FOREVER in our hearts. 


05-11-2008 10:14 PM -- By: Kim,    Critters.com memorial:   Rusty Memorial

Hope everyone had a good Mother's Day.  Even though I have no human children, I didn't even get acknowledged by my husband, I never do.  He says it doesn't count because dogs and cats aren't considered "children."  But they're MY children.  I guess his mother is more important. She gets to have him all to herself.  He hasn't even visited Rusty or Cezar's pages I've created here since I made them.   I know that Rusty & Cezar consider themselves "my kids" and are sending their love my way.  Hope all you furmommies had a good day.    Love, Kim

 


05-11-2008 9:13 PM -- By: claudia,    Critters.com memorial:   Otis Memorial
Happy Mothers day to all. I hope it was a peaceful day to all. All of our babies are looking in on us today hugging us through their eternal love.


05-11-2008 2:13 PM -- By: Very proud mom, Carole,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
Happy Mother's (mom/dad) Day to everyone!

I thank you all for being a part of the "rock" that held me together this past year...and to present. I am not sure how I would have gotten through all the grief, pain and tears without you. Another special thank you to Critters for giving us this wonderful place where we can join together with people around the world who understand how we feel, and what we've gone through, in our losses.

After a year has now passed, my heart is still so broken over the loss of Ebony. She WAS my rock, my mentor, my very special "adopted daughter"...and I was her mom. She gave me some of the most marvelous years I've ever known. As many have stated prior to my post, this day is a reminder that our "pet children" are no longer with us. This first Mother's day without Ebony is extremely tough, and although Ebony couldn't bring me flowers, candy or cards, the love she gave me "honestly" far surpassed anything that any human could have given or done for me. Thank you Ebony!!!

Since my mother has been gone for 27 years, and  I have no human children, I share my Mother's Day celebration with my precious pet children (pups) Tina Turner, Maggie, Krystal, Dezzy, Shabba, Buster, Princess and (kitty) Seville. Their gift of love to me today IS my celebration. ((HUGS)) to you all.


05-11-2008 1:39 PM -- By: Kelly Socks mom,    Critters.com memorial:   SOCKS Memorial
Happy Mother's Day  to everyone


05-11-2008 12:08 PM -- By: June,    Critters.com memorial:   Obsidian Memorial
Happy Mothers Day To All ! This is the first Mothers day without Obsidian so I am very sad. I still thank God I have Stephen, my family, friends and my other Fur-Babies, but I still miss her so much. Hugs and Kisses to all the people on this site you have made my loss bearable


05-11-2008 11:39 AM -- By: Tracie Lil Joe's Mommy,    Critters.com memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
Thinking of you all. On this Day "Mothers Day" Knowing our babies are watching over us, sending love our way..  You all have  touched my Heart and I want to Thank each and every one of you for Caring and taking time to be there for Me and my Lil Joe, with out your Thoughts and Prayers, I would be Lost...  Your My Special Family, Just as my Lil Joe has a Special Family up in Heaven with him because of each of You.. Thinking of each of you Always... Hugs... Tracie and Lil Joe...


05-11-2008 10:33 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Dearest all

Today as we celebrate Mother's Day let us remember the GIFT we were given to be chosen to be Mommies and Daddies and sometimes Mommy AND Daddy to our beloved fur babies.

With this new grief in my heart I am trying to focus on the GOOD times, the happy times spent with these two precious boys of mine who have since left me. This too is my first Mother's Day without my boys and Mkwaa and I going to the beach shortly to celebrate their lives with a picnic lunch.

Within my sadness I feel peace today. I wish this peace for all of you today, tomorrow and always.

Hugs to you all and to all your precious fur babies here and at Rainbow Bridge.


05-11-2008 6:46 AM -- By: AunteeMz,    Critters.com memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
Mother's Day Blessings to each and everyone one of you - and that includes you too Richard!  I do drop in time to time to visit The Girls and read your comments, but most often don't post.   Because like so many, I'm still missing my fur babies.  Like so many, I have days and moments when the tears just come and I  struggle to get through the day or night.  

There are not as many of the bad days now, because when the missing them comes, I remind myself of the love and joy The Girls brought into my life.  Without them,  I would of missed out on the life lessons,  companionship and the many many memories.  

Special thoughts, prayers and hugs to my friend Amber on Yukon Jack's passing.  Carole, (Ebony's Mom) thank you for providing a way for us to help out. 

This Mother's Day, the first after The Girls passing, is going to be difficult because it is a reminder that my babies are gone.... what is to celebrate in that.  


05-10-2008 9:57 PM -- By: Richard Cothran,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
I'd just like to take the time to wish each and every mother that reads this the happiest of Mother's Days. I lost my mother when I was fourteen years old, thirty seven years ago. I can honestly say that there's seldom a day that passes that I don't reflect on the memories that I have of her and the impact that she made on my life in such a short period of time. Each of you ladies that has a baby memorialized on this site has to know the joy of motherhood first hand and I can say without reservation that you each one made an equally indelible mark on your precious child. I would about stake my life to the fact that each little kitty cat, each little puppy dog, each little birdie, each little bunny rabbit, each little ferrit, each little colt, pony, or horse, or whatever species your "child" was, each one of there lives were richer and more full because of there "mothers." I raised my little Dollie gurl without a mother for the most part of her life. I tried to be both "the daddy" and "the mommy." I did the very best I could for her in each and every way and it's my prayer that she left this world with that calm assurance. Since last June, more of you ladies that I could name have "mothered" her and left tender and sweet comments to and for her that only a loving and caring mother could pen. For that, and SO MUCH more, I'll be eternally grateful to each and every one of you. I know that I'm not, by any means, the only daddy out there that's grieving but I've hung in there mainly because of the genuine heartfelt compassion and the acts of love and tenderness supplied by the mothers. I wish that there was something that I could think to say besides "thank you" for all that you've done for my little angel and me but I suppose that "thank you" will have to suffice for now. Please know that I'll always be here for each and every one of you to lend a hand, a hug, an ear or a shoulder if I can ever return the blessing. Once again, all of you mothers, happy mother's day and may God's very best be upon you and yours. I love you all in Jesus Christ and because of Him. Sincerely, richard (and Dollie Bug..;)


05-10-2008 8:07 PM -- By: Anjelica,    Pet's name:   Bryce & Ramona
Bryce just celebrated the day of his passing today, while Ramona's was in March.

ALERT:

Smoochy the cat went missing in early April 2008. He is grey tabby, male, neutered and has no collar. He was probably kidnapped by a cart person collecting bottles. Please visit:

findsmoochy.weebly.com

Please help find our dear Smoochy before it is too late!


05-10-2008 12:25 PM -- By: Sheba,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms: human, furry, feathered, scaled, etc. We all love you!


05-10-2008 8:12 AM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Max Memorial
I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and had signed both Max's and Hawkeys guestbook and thank you for all the kind words.


05-10-2008 1:46 AM -- By: Bev B.,    Critters.com memorial:   Klaus Memorial
As I read with a heavy heart about Yukon Jack's passing, it brings back the pain of having lost my Klaus to cancer last summer.  It also reminds me of how wonderful and special everyone here at critters has been to me when I needed it the most.  Amber is one of those special ladies who has been so comforting in her spiritual offerings. I can only hope that I can provide her as much love and compassion she has shared with all of us. 

I'd also like to take the time to send out a heartfelt "thank you" that goes out to everyone here who still check in on Klaus and I to share their love and support. Although I don't get as much time to stop in with everyone, please know that I share in your grief and say a prayer for you.  Take care and God bless...


05-09-2008 6:43 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   Max
Amber, I made a photo thing for you sweet boy Yukon Jack. it is in Max's Memorial and there is a page called For Amber and there is the photo for you.


05-09-2008 2:02 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Yukon Jack Memorial
I am one of the newest members of Rainbow Bridge. Please stop by and visit my Memorial Site if you have time. My mom and sister are very sad today and could use some words of encouragement. Thank you.


05-09-2008 11:02 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Carole, thank you so much for providing this info.


05-09-2008 10:23 AM -- By: Ebony,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
Amber, I am so sorry Yukon Jack lost his fight...he tried so hard for you...what a strong boy you had. My heart is aching for you my friend. We know that Nvwati will take good care of him for you. My prayers and hugs sent your way.

****IMPORTANT****


This post is on behalf of Amber who also just lost her other boy Nvwati September, 28 2007. Yukon Jack was a trooper and fought to live for his mommy for nine days (since April 30th.) Yukon was so brave, and Amber was by his side every waking hour she could be there, which were many. Amber and I have spoken on the phone and emailed quite often this past few months. She is a soft-hearted, brilliant and very giving woman.


I am reaching out with my personal plea, to everyone who reads this post.


I'm not sure if you are aware, but Amber is involved in, and donates her time to groups that support people with mental and physical issues. She has given from her heart so much, while at the same time she is physically challenged. It is no secret, as Amber has also posted that she has AIDS, which has caused many other illnesses that she's dealt with, and she still gives even though there are many times she doesn't feel well herself.


I am personally asking anyone who can spare just a few dollars toward the care of her dear boy Yukon Jack...please contribute. Anything at this point would help her tremendously. I just donated $100.00. If there is anyone who reads this that can contribute any amount, Amber is facing an expense for her boy that is in the thousands. The boarding alone is $80.00 per day. He was taken to the clinic's emergency room on APRIL 30, 2008, and has been there ever since. Just for the boarding expense alone "to date" is $800.00. Amber is not able to work, and I am sure she would appreciate anything we can do to help out.


Below is the information for donations ("Master Card, Visa, Debit Cards, and of course Cashier Checks are accepted).


Banks Animal Hospital, 230 Coxwell Ave., Toronto, ON, M4L 382


(416) 461-7575


Please vist "Yukon Jack's" page, and communicate to Amber that you are able to contribute. I am sure she would provide you with her personal email, and would want to track any donations toward his care.


Thank you, in advance, from the bottom of my heart. Ebony's mom forever, Carole Turner.


05-09-2008 9:47 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
The Miracle was not to be. Sadly my sweet boy Yukon Jack passed away this morning.

I will update his page later.
Thank you to all who sent prayers, well wishes and who helped out financially during this troubling time.

My boy passed away gently and peacefully in his sleep after a 9 day battle. He fought his hardest. I told him last night when we said goodnight that if he couldn't fight this as hard as it would be to say goodbye to him, I would understand. I told him if he had it in him to fight this I would fight alongside him. I begged him not to make me make a decision to end his life.

 

He answered me. He took his last breathe sometime around 4:30 AM today.

Yukon Jack I will miss you sweet boy. I Love you soooo much.

 


05-09-2008 12:01 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
"Anyways, with medicine there's a time and a place for everything. It only comes around once. You have to get it at the right time."
---- Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK
The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place. One, the right time. Two, the right place. This is why we need to honor our ceremonies. Ceremonies are done in an order. This order is applied to open a "door" to the right time and place of the medicine. This door opens to the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is available to us at the right time and the right place.

 

My Creator, let me be patient today so the timing is right.

I hope this is helpful to some today. I Know I need it today as we continue to struggle with Yukon Jacks illness. I am not ready to say goodbye to my boy yet. It's too soon after saying goodbye to my other boy Nvwati. Nvwati, if you are listening please help your brother get strong and better so we can bring him home.


05-08-2008 6:42 AM -- By: Max's Family ,    Critters.com memorial:   Max Memorial
Please visit my sweet boy Max memorial I have been having a hard time with his passing.


05-07-2008 10:50 PM -- By: Denise,    Pet's name:   Wallace
Hello I am new to this. I lost my beloved Wallace on Saturday, 5/3. He had faught Cancer for 18 months. He was a lover of life and my best friend. I don't know how to wake up and go through my day without him. My days are long and filled with a painful heavy heart. Wallace touched so many lives, in so many places. I just pray that I will see him again. Before he went to sleep I promised him that I would be OK and that I would see him again, before he knew it. I thanked God for the gift. The gift of time that he had given to Wallace and I. I thanked Wallace for the joy that he has given to me in the 7 short years that we had each other... I will never forget him....ever.  I Love you my "tuppy".


05-07-2008 9:50 PM -- By: Bobby Foster,    Critters.com memorial:   Oscar Memorial
I am missing  my Oscar really  bad today.Can not  stop  thinking about him. The why's, the what if's and the how comes  all haunt me today. There is an empty feeling that  I am having and a difficult time getting over. I miss you Oscar , my little buddy ...Oh do I miss you......I look for you but don't see you, I think I hear you but you are no where to be found.   I cry a little but nothing  makes me feel better. It's you I miss so really bad and I find myself still hurting and  wishing for time to go back to when you was alive and full of life. Im ok but just  very sad since you left. I never stop thinking about you my little buddy!

Your daddy


05-07-2008 2:38 PM -- By: Vi,    Pet's name:   Tasha
My cat Tasha was hit by a car this moring. She went out with me and stayed out . when I went to call her she was across the street and must have ran in front of a car.She was 14 years old and I a'm really having a hard time with it!!Iam blaming my self now. I should have brought her in sooner! Vi


05-07-2008 11:30 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of Blossom's Angel Day. Please pray for her mom Judy. She's having a very rough time and needs a lot of support.


05-06-2008 7:20 PM -- By: Tracie ,    Critters.com memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
Carol, You have a very very wise doctor.. Our babies are Smart, They teach us so so much.. Keeping you in my Thoughts and Prayers...

Also to you Amber keeping you and your baby in my Prayers...Hugs to you All.. Tracie


05-06-2008 5:10 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
WOW Carol I have no doubt that our fur babies understand and have their own spirituality that includes their own rituals. Bless you! for reasurring us.


05-06-2008 11:12 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Oh, Carol, that's so touching. You have a very wise vet. I'm glad Boots is doing okay and knows that Taz is, now. God bless you. You're in my prayers.


05-06-2008 10:21 AM -- By: Carol (Copper,    Critters.com memorial:   My Copper Girl Memorial
Thank all of you who have been so supportive this week after losing my Taz..I am doing well, I know that it had to be and Taz is snoozin and watching the birds and butterflies which was his favorite thing to do.  Copper is happy I know to have her brother with her.  You are all the VERY best !!!  I will make a page for Taz on Copper's site soon so you can meet this very special Tuxedo Cat and his twin sister Boots.  She is doing just great.  Dr T suggested that I let the other Kitty kids come in and see Taz after he had gone.  He said they needed to say their goodbyes too and otherwise they would be searching the house looking for him.  I did as he suggested and they came and sniffed him and walked all around him and then sat down and just quietly looked at him as if they were praying...Then Boot's, his twin licked his head and walked off and sat in the window and looked out and the other two walked off then too.  It was almost like they were having some kind of a spiritual thing....It was so interesting..  They have all been just fine since.  Boots has been so relaxed and is eating better than she has for weeks.  I suspect she knew her brother was very ill and worried about him untill he was set free form his wreck of a body.  We can learn so very much from these wonderful furry kids.


05-04-2008 7:18 PM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Eight Belles Memorial
Please Visit Eight Belles Memorial Page. This 3 Year Old Filly Lost Her Life In The Kentucky Derby Yesterday From Two Broken Ankels.


 

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