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04-05-2008 1:00 PM -- By: Ebony's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
To all my Critter's friends and family. I am hurting so very bad today. Just a few moments ago...350 days, two thousand eight hundred hours, fourteen minutes and 57 seconds ago...my precious Ebony closed her eyes for the last time. Now, 365 days...a year is near...I am torn...my heart bleeds and I cry from a place I barely knew existed. Thank you all for your support this past year.  Thank you for being there when I need you most, and keeping Ebony and I in your thoughts and prayers. I would like to thank you most of all for helping me keep my "Labrador Angel's" memories alive, and honoring her...we will forever be grateful.

I read this poem and thought of all of us who have said good-bye to our precious ones.

TO ONE IN SORROW
 
Let me come in where you are weeping, friend,
And let me take your hand.
I, who have known a sorrow such as yours, can understand.
Let me come in--I would be very still beside you in your grief;
I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend,
Tears bring relief. Let me come in--and hold your hand,
For I have known a sorrow such as yours, And I do understand.
Author - Grace Noll Crowell

04-05-2008 11:58 AM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
I appologize to the family of Puss the kitty. My memorial id must be one number off from yours. It was a typo on my part I think. Sorry your babies picture and memorial is next to my name and message. Holly's Mommy Jeanne


04-05-2008 11:52 AM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Puss Memorial
Oh Jeff, I'm very sorry for your loss of Dave. This is just heartwrenching! I'm at a loss for words. All I can say is, Dave is with his babies that he missed so much Angel, lumber, and Sammy. God Bless You! Again, I'm very sorry!!! Jeanne 


04-05-2008 9:35 AM -- By: Jeff,    Critters.com memorial:   Lumber and Angel Memorial
Im Dave's Best Friend. And Dave was in a serious car accident the other night. And I am sad to say he had passed away early this morning. Dave is the owner of Angel and Lumber.


04-03-2008 7:16 PM -- By: claudia,    Critters.com memorial:   Otis Memorial
Hey Rhonda, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. visit this site often, it helps so much through the grief. There are so many kind and loving people here that helps our hearts through the pain. One day at a time. Thats all any of us can do..until we meet our sweet babies again. Take care and God bless you through this.


04-03-2008 2:54 PM -- By: ,    Pet's name:   
Rhonda, I'm so sorry for the loss of precious Shiloh. She was blessed to have a loving mom like you. I'm glad you know that you'll see her again, but the wait is so hard, isn't it?


04-03-2008 12:21 PM -- By: Rhonda,    Pet's name:   Shiloh
Today is April 3rd. I lost my Golden only 4 days ago. She was only 3 years old and passed away from a terrible disease. The heartache I feel is overwhelming. The spot on my bed where she used to sleep next to me is now cold and empty. We used to play a special ball game every night before going to bed. Now the nights seem to be without life in them. She was my angel that filled my life with joy. I know she's in heaven now and we will meet again but I am struggling to make it through each day and feel so much lonliness without her. I love and miss  you baby.


04-02-2008 7:41 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Coco Memorial
Just to let everyone know, I've added a few things to Coco's site. I'm not very good at graphics and editing yet. I have a long way to go to get as good at this as Dollie's Daddy, Copper's Mommy, Blossom's Mommy, Nvwati's Mommy, and so many others. Hopefully, I will eventually get her memorial looking really pretty as I learn. I have some really great videos of her when she was a puppy and a video of her and my father that will make you laugh so hard. I still need to get them transferred to CD so I can download them on her site. I really want everyone to see these. They are great and they will bring a smile (or maybe a laugh) to those who are hurting.


04-02-2008 6:19 AM -- By: Maria,    Critters.com memorial:   Morgan Memorial
Well Morgan I miss you a lot. But Mom says i need to just get over it and that i need to move on in life.  Maybe she is right maybe i should already get over it. But I just started to understand what happned to you.


04-01-2008 6:34 PM -- By: Kendra,    Critters.com memorial:   Twister Memorial
hello friends,

 

please visit sissy bears memorial. she was twister and spwan's older sister. she just died early  this morning/yesterday night. there isnt a lot of writing about her but please sign her guest book. it would mean a lot to me and my parents.

 

kendra

 

sissybear@critters.com


04-01-2008 7:55 AM -- By: Lauvern,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
Hi Everyone..I would like you all to please visit Butler's tribute and give Jules the support she so desperately needs right now...Butler was all to her..Lets show her what Critters is all about.{People helping people}.with the loss of their beloved pets...Thankyou in advance.... Hugs.


03-31-2008 11:00 AM -- By: Joe,    Critters.com memorial:   butler Memorial
We all would like to thank you for signing at Butler's Memorial. Jules loss of Butler was too much on her she suffered a stroke. I am sure once she is stronger she will be in contact. We assure you all we have read each message to her. Again from Butler's friends thank you. Pray for Jules and Butler if you would please.

Joe


03-31-2008 6:14 AM -- By: Maria ,    Critters.com memorial:   Morgan Memorial
I know that is has been 6 years since Morgan died. She was really sick and lost lots of weight so she had to be put to sleep. I was in 2nd grade at the time.  really never knew what was happning. or what was going on.  But now I am 14 going to be 15 in may. Know I understand I undsertand everything that happned. It hurts so much. The pain is unbeliveable. I feels like it happned yesterday. But it wasent yesterday it was 6 years ago. Morgan was really freidly. She loved people and she loved giving them kisses. She just wasent a cat. She was like a person. Even though it I have another cat the love is not the same.

 


03-30-2008 8:28 PM -- By: Martha Rubi,    Critters.com memorial:   Gizmo Memorial

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
sorry that I took so long to respond your E-mails but I was in the hospital since last thrusday until today , I dont' feel good.
Evan thoug I have an Excellente husband my life in empty with out my dogs , when Gigi passed away I had Gizmo but now I miss him so much that Im very depressed .
 
Thanks again for your beautifull words I hope some day I can have a life again.
 

03-30-2008 9:57 AM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
I got this post from a friend today.  What a wonderful idea.  Jeanne




Starting early to remind people that I've been trying to promote the Saturday of the U.S. Memorial Day weekend (that would be May 24 this year) as a memorial day for our departed pets.  For the past couple of years I have put together a small gathering to honor my own departed pets as well as those of anyone who wanted me to include their pets.  I have my own little ceremony, but it's certainly not the only way to remember our pets.  I would encourage one and all to set up your own ceremony.  Invite your friends, your neighbors, have a get-together, or just do a small private ceremony.   I would appreciate it if you would all spread the idea.  Pass it along to anyone.  Cross post the idea.  Tell the world.

Meanwhile, if you would like me to include any of your departed pets in my ceremony, please send them to me privately with the subject line of "Memorial Day for Pets".  If you want details on how I do our ceremony, contact me privately with the same subject line, please.

Please send privately to either  tawnimcbee@yahoo.com   OR  thegreatfuldog@yahoo.com.
I did not keep names from previous years, so you will need to send them to me again even if you've given me the names in past years.

TIA

Tawni McBee
 


03-29-2008 5:34 PM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
If anyone here has ever seen the newest Boniva commercial with Sally Field. The dog in it looks ALOT like my Holly. Even the way it runs. When Holly would got excited to see one of her special friends. She'd wag her tail in a circle, just like the dog in the commercial. I cry everytime I see it and want to reach through the tv screen and keep the pup!


03-29-2008 5:08 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
My deepest sympathies to all who have recently joined us here at critters.com.   Ive been super busy lately and not as much time to visit the site as much as I would love to. I guess this is progress that I am super busy again.... for such a long time after my beloved Nvwati passed away so suddenly and unexpectedly in Sept. it felt that life was not worth living.

Nvwati's first birthday at Rainbow Bridge is fast approaching. He would have been 11 years old on April 1st. He and Mkwaa ( his dog sister) share the same birthday and we always had a double birthday party complete with hats, balloons, noise makers, cakes ( one for the dogs) and so many presents.

I can't pretend that day doesnt exist anymore. Mkwaa needs her party only it will be different in many ways. I owe it to her to have one and to carry on. We WILL sing happy birthday twice ( as usual )  and in the ways my people do ( Native Americans) we will put a dish of food as well as a piece of cake under a tree for the Spirits, hopefully Nvwati's spirit will come and eat it up!

Baby boy Mommy loves and misses you sooooooooo very much! 


03-29-2008 2:32 AM -- By: jules,    Critters.com memorial:   butler Memorial
i lost butler this friday march 28th. so i am new to all the pain. she was my world. i started chemo back up on wednesday. i feel lost afraid without her. somehow i hope she is still by my side. she always took care of me.  thank you for a site to help me, all us grieve.


03-29-2008 1:49 AM -- By: christine ,    Critters.com memorial:   HOLLY BOO BOOS Memorial
 i am very sorry but i got  my holly,s  I,D  numbers, the wrong way round,  i only hope that mr teddy,s mum and dad dont get cross with me over it, i have to say he sure is a handsome fellow,i only hope my holly boo boos has met the splendid  guy, please accept my apologies for such a mistake, it was very late when i wrote it, but i am sure my boxer girl is having a good laugh at me, because of it, thank you  christine sznurfeil


03-29-2008 1:36 AM -- By: christine ,    Critters.com memorial:   Teddy Memorial
 i want to thank the people for this  beautiful site,   its a wonderful place where i can come and add to my hollys memorial, but also to read all the lovely messages that other folk leave for  us on the  guest book and then  i read their pets memorial, this site has given me so much comfort,

i lost my beautiful boxer girl just over a month ago, the pain and sorrow are so raw at this moment in time, and i miss not hearing her very loud snores on the landing at night,,  i say good night to her and kiss her photograph i go  and look for the brightest star and blow her a thousand kisses, thank you for allowing me to  be able to  see my  baby every day,   it gives myself and other hope and peace of mind i am sure, christine sznurfeil


03-28-2008 7:33 PM -- By: christina,    Critters.com memorial:   callie Memorial
I lost my girl a few days ago and i find my self still trying to let her out.It brakes my heart when the other dogs I have go out and look for her. She was my first and helped raise the other two from pups.


03-27-2008 5:34 PM -- By: Jeanne,    Critters.com memorial:   Holly Memorial
It's 8 months today without my pretty girl. I find it amazing that time goes by so quickly. My heart still aches. 


03-27-2008 2:25 PM -- By: Jackie Spina,    Critters.com memorial:   Little Guy Memorial
I just want to let everyone  know who is responsible for putting this site together that I really really admire you for doing this. I lost my Little Guy two weeks ago and I am still numb and heartbroken, and the only thing that has helped is putting this site together.

In doing this, I am thinking about him constantly, remembering all his cute ways, looking at pictures and it is just keeping me going, I feel like he is still here, and I am sure most of the other people who have this feel the same way, it is wonderful.

Thank you so much,

Jackie Spina


03-25-2008 3:33 PM -- By: Dave,    Pet's name:   Angel,Lumber,Sammy
Angel,lumber,and Sammy

I want you to know that i love you and miss you all very much. There hasent been a day now since i haven't thought of you Sammy. I miss you Meow in the morning for food. You loved to play with Angel and Lumber.

Lumber Boy I miss you a lot to.I still cant get over how you left so suddenly. I wish we where able to spend easter together. I miss you so much. you always have made me laugh.

Angel girl. I miss you a lot to. I wish i didn't have to say goodbye to you. you where my baby girl. Same with lumber you always made me laugh. I could never get mad at you. you always had that way to look really cute so i wouldn't get mad.

Angel,Lumber and Sammy i miss you three very much. Look after for each other now for me.


03-25-2008 12:30 PM -- By: Lauvern,    Critters.com memorial:   Luke Memorial
Dave, I am so sorry for your loss of all 3 babies so close together...I no the pain of losing one baby,but 3 all so close together must be unbearable..Try and take comfort in knowing they are all together now and someday you all will be reunited ,never to be parted again. Try and stay strong. Butterfly hugs


03-25-2008 10:28 AM -- By: Dave ,    Critters.com memorial:   Lumber and Angel Memorial
On Easter morning I lost my dear freind Lumber a 5 year old German Shep. Then yesterday Angel beacme so sick the vet said i had to put her down. Angel was a 10 year old mix. Angel and Lumber was always near eachother they never left eachother sides. I had also lost a cat named Sammy back in december.

Angel My Girl and Lumber My Boy please look for  Sammy.


03-24-2008 9:59 PM -- By: Dana,    Critters.com memorial:   Sadie Lynn White Memorial
To everyone here at Critters, the sweetest, kindest, most loving people I've ever "known", and to the friends I have made here, and to those who sadly have just lost your beloved pets, thank you, thank you and God bless you for your love and support.  I never would have imagined what a truly blessed experience this would be for me.  But, like our babies finding new friends and playmates and supporters and confidants, so too have we done the same.  All because of the love between a human and creature of God that we loved so much.  It is truly a blessing how a little doggy, kitty, reptile, birdie, spider, horse or guinea pig soul can bring so many people together. 

For all of you who have just said goodbye to your friends, I hope to visit their memorials as soon as I can.  I am very, very busy with finishing up a thesis now so my time is quite limited.  I want to visit them all and read the wonderful stories.  But, if I don't make it by your friend's page soon, just remember, I'm thinking of you, praying for you, and wishing you well.  Blessings to all of you and our wonderful friends who are playing, running free, feeling no pain or illness and are waiting to see us again some day.


03-24-2008 9:50 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Sadie Lynn White Memorial
Richard - I want to thank you from the deepest corners of my heart for your words.  Nobody has ever summed up the joy and love and wonder that our pets bring us, all the while reminding us to experience life in the most joyous way, as you have with these words.  I am going to print this and keep it with me so when I need to slow down, to take a breath and look around, and to give thanks for all the joyous wonders there is in this world, I will be able to read it.  Again, thank you so very much.


03-24-2008 8:00 PM -- By: jennifer,    Critters.com memorial:   Fergi Memorial
How very true, and how very beautiful.......thankyou for sharing that with us Richard....


03-24-2008 12:32 PM -- By: Richard,    Critters.com memorial:   Dollie Memorial
When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures -- jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.

Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish, but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details; the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig.

Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own, each day a gift from God.

Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there are or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.

You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a cat in hot pursuit, all in the name of love.

Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love. The steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together."

Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or, maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.

If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be. The one they were proud to call beloved friend.

I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And, you will have to find the strength and love to let them go.

A pet's time on earth is far too short, especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy now wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle gone to gray.

Deep down we, somehow, always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must, for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more. "God speed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.

And bless their souls for sharing their lives with us... and adding so much to our very existence.


 

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