Losing a pet is always hard. I recently lost my 20 year old cat, Stella. She was older then both of my children. Stella and my daughter had an unbreakable bond. My daughter’s first word at 8 months was “itty” as the cat would head bump against her. My daughter at times tried to say it was her cat but Stella and I really knew who the owner was.
Besides everyone I know being supportive and understanding in the loss of my pet, I also turned to the library to find books to help with my and my family’s grief. My kids are older but if they would still let me read them picture books I would have checked out Paws + Edward by Espen Dekko or Rosie and Crayon by Deborah Marcero, both of which explore how children who have lost their pets can heal. Books that helped me with my grief were There are No Sad Dogs in Heaven: Finding Comfort After the Loss of a Pet by Sonya Fitzpatrick and Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by John Katz. I still miss Stella every day but I have come to a point where I realized I did everything I could and she lived a good, long life.
We are now onto our next adventure, a new kitten that truly is a scaredy cat. We are just trying to be patient that she will someday let us pet her, but in the mean time I am reading Kittens for Dummies by Dusty Rainbolt.
~ posted by Pam H.