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Loving Memories: The Grieving Process forum is a place to share thoughts and feelings and support each other during such difficult times.

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02-05-2008 7:10 PM -- By: Missy, memorial:   Stuart Maxwell Memorial
We lost our beloved dachshund Stuart on Friday Feb. 1st unexpectantly.  I miss him so very much and am having extreme guilt for not knowing he had cancer.  It was so bad it ruptured his spleen - not sure I will be able to ever forgive myself.  He was a member of our family and so loved.  Most people do not understand the pain. 

02-04-2008 8:04 PM -- By: Twister, memorial:   Twister Memorial
We recieved a new visitor in Pet Heaven this weekend. His name is Chouchou. His owner Jake is really sad and it hurts chouchou to see him like this. Please visit chouchou. Im sure jake will appericate it. Salutations Humans! Twister

02-04-2008 4:52 PM -- By: Marc Mnich,    Pet's name:   
Edit Options for Guesbooks has been added.  Now, you can control the options that visitor to your guestbook have available.  If you don't like Smiley's (emotion icons) or unwanted font styles/sizes in your guestbook, you can turn this off. 

To do this, go into Edit Mode and change the setting for "Edit Options for Guestbook"

02-04-2008 3:16 PM -- By: Marc Mnich,    Pet's name:   
Advanced Edit feature update!   As we have received complaints on the side effects of the new editor for our memorials, we have added the ability for the advaced editor to be optional.  Any of you who wish to go back and use the older style editor can now select this option.

To do this, go into edit mode and scroll to the bottom of the option page.  There you will see the new option to select the editor type (simple, or advanced).  Click on the simple version and this will take you back to the old format.  This works better for older computers or computers with low memory. 

Please provide feedback here if you have problems with this new option.

02-04-2008 12:48 PM -- By: Cassie, memorial:   Shadow Memorial
Well we took down her crate yesterday. Wow that was hard. My son was helping me. He is such a trooper for a nine year old. I cried so hard. He just gave me a hug. It was like Shadow was there. She always would come to me if I was crying or upset and put her head on me. Thank you to all who have left me messages. It really does help to know I can talk to people who know what I am feeling. I know some day I will be able to help someone too. In time!

02-04-2008 11:43 AM -- By: Thorntons, memorial:   Stimpy 08/30/07 And Ren 02/02/08 Memorial
On Saturday, Feb 2, 2008 we had our beloved Ren leave us and go be with Stimpy who left us in August 2007.

We have changed the page to reflect our loss of Ren now.  Thanks to all of you for your support and prayers.

02-04-2008 12:55 AM -- By: Marc Mnich,    Pet's name:   
We have received complaints on the recent changes to  The font changes are reported to have sizing issues and in some cases, the upgraded edit boxes are slowing down the editing process. 

We will change the fonts back to their original settings (the "old critters format") and we will add an option so that users can select whether to use the new edit boxes or the original, simple format, text boxes.  Check back in this forum to confirm when these changes have been completed.

We appreciate everyone's feedback even if it is negative.  We wish to make the site the best it can be and this is best done with feedback from you.

02-03-2008 8:45 AM -- By: Maria , memorial:   Stacey Memorial
Stacey In  a few days it is going to be 2 months since you have passed. I love you and miss you very much. My bed is so empty with out you. I wish that you could be here with me. And that you wherent taken so young. I hope that you had a great first birthday over at rainbow bridge. Some days seam to drag on without you. But I know that your having a great time over at rainbow Bridge.  As you know Tiva has been badly injured that other day and now has become a three legged dog. But last night things got worse. Watch over for him please.

02-02-2008 8:32 AM -- By: Lauvern Pawlett, memorial:   Luke Memorial
Hello Everyone... Today ,Feb 2  is the eight month milestone since i lost my Luke...Its been a hard road but i am hanging in there..I can honestly say not one of the days  in the eight months went by without me thinking of him... I still miss him terribly and i guess i always will...The tears still come often... My home is not the same....I am greatful to have the babies i have now to help fill the void in my life...... Stay strong all. HUGS.         I miss you Luke and always will.  Hugs" my boy".

02-01-2008 10:42 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial


**Dr. Jon - This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I don't know who originally started this story, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service. I hope you find this suitable for posting on your website! - Aurelia**.

Here is her story:

Abbey and Meredith

Our 14-year-old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

**Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her, you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith**

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.

That afternoon she dropped it into the letterbox at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought he had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, "To Meredith", in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, "When a Pet Dies." Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

**Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Love, God**

I agree. There is a loving soul working in the post office. Have a great day.
Until next time, Dr. Jon P.S. If this touched you, forward it to a friend and share.

02-01-2008 8:37 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
JILL does Bailey have a website Memorial here? I searched but couldn't find it.


02-01-2008 7:48 AM -- By: Beth, memorial:   Dylan Memorial
I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who has signed my Dylan's guestbook.  Your thoughts and words are great comfort to me at this differcult time, its nice to feel I'm not alone.             God bless and thank you. Love Beth

01-31-2008 10:03 PM -- By: Leigh, memorial:   Little Bit Memorial
Dear Jill,  Hon, you have found the right place to come and share your  grief,  I so understand your loss as I lost my Little Bit just 2 weeks ago.  It is very heart breaking , you love them so very much, they leave a huge empty space in your life you dont know if you can ever fill  again.  Everyone here has shared  your loss and I know you will get alot of wonderful helpful advice, support and understanding here.  They have been such a super help to me, I dont know what I would do if I didnt have the wonderful people here to share my baby's life with as they share their babies lives with me also.  It helps to be able to talk , it has helped me a great deal also to be able to work on Little Bits memorial .  I try to come everyday, although the first  week was really hard as I could barely look at a picture of my babie, let alone write about her and our love.  Time is supposed to heal all, but it also takes support and understanding from others who have or are in the same sad situation.  You were blessed to have your baby for 12 wonderful years. I hope to be able to read and share her story with you.  I also agree you should tell your children. They are much stronger than we think and are capable of such love also and such innocent hopes.  They need to know from you.    Please feel free to text me anytime here , If I can even help in the smallest way, it would help me also give back what I was/am given here.  Remember, she is in your heart forever, that can never be taken away.

01-31-2008 9:55 PM -- By: sharon -,    Pet's name:   
Hi Daisy's mom,

Thank you for the comment -- We will add a way for each memorial to decide if they'd like the text / font option on their own memorial guest book. If you choose to keep it available for your visitors you can remove any smiley or change the font for any of the guestbooks' left for Daisy in edit mode.

01-31-2008 9:28 PM -- By: , memorial:   daisy Memorial
i have notice that some changes have been made here on critters.. i do not care for the option that you can now go and sign the guestbooks in color and have silly smileys..  i think the color option should be for page design not the guestbooks...   i myself like my guestbook the old fashion way...

01-31-2008 8:57 PM -- By: Sharon,    Pet's name: is adding new text handling for those who would like to have more control over the style of their comments and text anywhere within their memorials.  This allows you to add italics, bold, paragraph breaks, images, lists, poem breaks and much more without needing to know html coding.  If you'd rather not see the text options you can click the small arrow on the left and it will minimize. 

01-31-2008 6:42 PM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Jill I am so sorry for your loss. Loving our furbabies, especially those of us who were honoured to have them in our families for many years, and then losing them is unbearably painful. I lost my beloved Nvwati Sept. 28, 2007 suddenly and unexpectedly and when he died he took a large part of my heart with me. It felt like my heart would explode with the pain. I don't have any children at home now but my other dog Mkwaa grieved him so much she stopped eating, and showed no interest in playing. She was so depressed.She would pace our home constantly looking for him.... I think she thought he was playing hide n seek with her or something.My theory is to tell children the truth. Its amazing how much children understand if we are honest with them. When my son was 4 and my daughter 5 we lost a dear goat we all loved. This was their first experience with death, so I let them spend time with him after he passed away, explaining that his body would leave with his burial but he would always remain a part of my life. To this day they speak of Vincent Van Goat with loving memories. I think keeping death a hush hush topic with children only brings on fear of death, resulting in nightmares. I know how you feel about wanting your sweet Bailey back. I think we all go through this. I found building Nvwati's Memorial helped me tremendously. That and this forum. Great people find their way to and you will get a lot of support.Take care.

01-31-2008 10:41 AM -- By: Jill NIswonger,    Pet's name:   Bailey
We lost our beautiful girl on Monday, after 12 years with her. I am really having a hard time. My children are also so very upset and the constant questions from a 4, 6 and 8 year olds are almost unbearable. I just want her back.

01-31-2008 6:40 AM -- By: , memorial:   JD Memorial
psst..don't forget mr. jd's birthday..;)

01-31-2008 6:07 AM -- By: Maria , memorial:   Stacey Memorial
I would like to thank eveyone who had signed Staceys Guesbook for her brithday

01-30-2008 11:47 PM -- By: Leigh, memorial:   Little Bit Memorial
I would like to share a verse I found in the Bible today that has helped me a great deal so that I can truly believe for a fact our babies are in Heaven waiting for us. Ecclesiastes 3:19 -21 For humans and animals both breathe the same air,* and both die. So people have no real advantage over the animals. How meaningless! Both go to the same place- the dust from which they came and to which they must return. For who can prove that the human spirit goes upward and the spirit of animals goes downward into the earth? ( (Spirit of animals) Big key here. )

*= another meaning for breathe the same air is "Or both have the same spirit.

Now to me this proves that animals do indeed have spirits. And as the bible is meant for mankind as it is man who has sin, the rules are for man. Animals are free from sin, and therefore, they go up to heaven to wait for us to get there and join them.

I sincerely hope this helps others as much as it has helped me. I had real trouble for awhile trying to stay firm that our pets have spirits but now I do for sure. I cant imagine heaven without birds, butterflys, and our loved pets. Our God is a Kind God and he would have it no other way.

I hope I have not offended anyone with this, if I do, I am very sorry. As many here have been such great support and understanding, I am hoping this helps you with your loss also.

Thank you for all the great words and support you have all showed me and Little BIt here. I am so glad I found this site, I think you are all a God Send to me and to everyone else here. I wish I Could do more to help y ou as much as you have me and Bitty. Bless you all.

Little bit, I love you baby, I always will , I miss you so much, I just want to hug and kiss you baby.

01-30-2008 5:47 AM -- By: Maria , memorial:   Stacey Memorial
Well Stacey you are now 1 years old. I hope that you are having a great birthday today. I am going to light some candle for you for your birthday. Even though your not here with me I am going to Celebrate it still. I hope you have a good one Stacey and I love you.

01-29-2008 11:35 PM -- By: Annette , memorial:   Stimpy Memorial
Hi everyone! I just wanted to say thanks to Bev (Klaus' mama) and Jeanne (Holly's mama) for their well wishing and help getting me through what was probably the worst birthday ever. Sharing your stories helped more than you know. I know I'm not alone in this. Thanks for caring. God Bless!

01-29-2008 9:07 PM -- By: Kendra, memorial:   Twister Memorial
i just want to let everyone know that I will be posting songs I wrote about twister on a special page on her site. It should be up and running by 1/31/08. Also thanks to everyone who visited Twister.

01-29-2008 5:30 PM -- By: Maria , memorial:   Stacey Memorial
Tomorrow is Stacey's First Birthday she will be spending it over at Rainbow Bridge. If you can stop by her Guestbook that would be great.

01-29-2008 1:17 PM -- By: daisy's mommy kathy, memorial:   daisy Memorial
i would like to thank everyone for the wonderful support that you all have showed me this past six months.. it really great to know that there are so many wonderful people in this world with great big hearts.. i wish i could give each one of you a hug for helping me get though the pain i feel with the passing of my beautiful daisy girl.. i have meet so many wonderful people and amazing babies that have really touched a spot in my heart.. each one of you really have touch my life and have really made a difference i can't thank you enough.. THANKYOU lots of love xoxo

01-28-2008 7:11 PM -- By: Rose, memorial:   Joseph Memorial
I want to thank everyone who has visited my Joseph's Memorial. Thank you for your kind words. I apologize for the delay. It's just that I am still in a lot of pain. I can't get over it. Thank you again for your support. Dear God: Please take away our pain. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

01-28-2008 6:45 PM -- By: Rita Cardinale,    Pet's name:   Chevy
Thank you for this site. It has given me great comfort in sharing my little girl with everyone. I have also so much appreciated all the people who don't even know Chevy and have given great words of comfort to me in her guest book. Thank you all again for your support.


01-28-2008 10:51 AM -- By: daisy's mommy kathy, memorial:   daisy Memorial
well everyone today has been six months now since my beautiful little girl became my little angel watching over us.. i still love and miss her so much.. i know one day i will hold my beautiful little girl in my arms again.. i love you daisy.. you will always be my beautiful girl.. xoxo

01-27-2008 10:22 PM -- By: Leigh, memorial:   Little Bit Memorial
The 25th was my Birthday and I had to get thru it somehow without my baby, It was so hard. I didnt want company, I just crying. Now, today, Dad went back to work since you went to Rainbow bridge, and for the 1st time, I was ALONE. When dad would go to work, then it was you and ME, side by side, enjoying each others company and feeling so loved. I didnt know what to do. Tonite I ran outside and cried up to heaven calling your name. I miss you so much and tomorrow will be 2 weeks. Too many events and everwhere I look, I can see you and I know that would be something you would be doing, or you should be walking and following me around the house, or I should be online with you on my lap . They say it gets easier as time goes by, I think ALOT of time has to go by before I feel better. I sure dont yet. But, I want to THANK everyone her who has been visiting Little BIts memorial and signing onto her guest book, It means so very much to us. I added more picture today, another couple of pages and some of the pictures were really painful to do but I felt I needed to. I know my baby has alot of wonderful freinds now to play with while our babies are waiting for us. Thank you all so much. I dont think I could get thru this without everyone here. And I have been veiwing alot of your babies also and it breaks my heart , all the beautiful stories , I only wish I could of met you all under better circumstances . BUt I also think you are all a God send to me and we help each other get thru. Please continue to visit Bittys Memorial and help me keep her memories alive. God Bless! Leigh


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