A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia

Blaine Harden

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I will list some of them here: Cumulative Grief - This results when a person suffers several losses or several deaths close together. When you sign up for a Facebook account, you can use an e-mail that doesn’t say anything about who you are, a fictive birth date, and an alias instead of your real name. Unfortunately, immediate family and intimate friends may not fully appreciate what you’re going through. I can't eat, I can't sleep, and I cry all the time. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.

Letting Go

Kathe Powell

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The experience will not be carried over into adult life. Children, as well as adults, need good distractions from fixation on the death of a pet. To have her short life acknowledged and celebrated in poems written by friends was very important to me. It may be friends, family, therapists, clergy, or support groups. Redirecting their attention reflects the discomfort of the listener rather than the needs of the mourner. But I am beginning to be able to appreciate his life and the part I played in it, and he in mine, more and more so healing is on-going.

Angel Cat

Michael Garland

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Our heart thinks of life Our soul thinks of Immortality. The emotional pain is unbearable, the waves of tears and uncontrolable crying is almost too much to handle, i feel the grief is so intense it chokes me. Others can dive right into a new relationship. Owners should not be embarrassed to honor the creature that brought them joy, smiles, companionship and comfort. Existing illnesses may worsen or new conditions may develop.

Healing the Pain of Pet Loss: Letters in Memoriam

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Find creative expression for your feelings. Nothing can make this decision an easy or painless one, but it is truly the final act of love that you can make for your pet. 6. With her help I was able to process the hurt & its meaning in my life & then move on to get a new puppy. I was opened into a sense of wonder and heartfelt compassion. He was run over by the KGB and killed and was placed in the morgue.

MAXIE.

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They may expect the pet to eventually return and for death to be a temporary state of affairs. I experienced this after my husband's death when my little Westie tried the best she could to help... Metro) Our pets are among our best friends - they have feelings just the way we do but express them non-verbally. After detox is completed, the real work of treatment begins. If you choose to have a funeral, you can follow a traditional funeral format by inviting friends who knew your pet to your home, the woods, or another meaningful place.

Making Rounds With Oscar

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Many people (especially ones without dogs) don’t understand that dog lovers experience real, strong grief when they lose their dogs. He was probably sitting there the entire time. Another helpful healing intervention that I use in the grief group is to explain to the surviving family members—many of whom served as caretakers to the deceased—that they will often come out of their experience of caretaking feeling like a battle-fatigued soldier returning from war.

Rainbows and Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson

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Companion animals represent many things to us. A lot of people want a respectful exit for their pets, so when the funeral home opened the Tribute Center in October it included something unusual: a separate crematorium for pets, and a separate room, now called Emma’s Room, where a deceased pet can be briefly laid out and the owner can enter and say hello and offer one last goodbye before cremation, Dave McComb says.

Journey Through Pet Loss - Revised Edition 2000

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I try hard to make them laugh and get their minds off things.” Just as natural as giving your pet a good sendoff is dealing with your grief over losing your best friend. “A friend of mine once lost two cats within a few months, and she said one of the wisest things I’ve ever heard about pet loss: “When a pet dies, you can’t tell anyone about it. This article told me that I shouldn't focus on the "what if's" and the "if only" and focus on that little tail wagging when they see you."..." more - Anonymous "I have lost two cats in the past year or two, and I was having a very hard time, and I still am.

The Jaws of Death: Shark as Predator, Man as Prey

Xavier Maniguet

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Taking your pet for walks in the fresh air or playing a lively game of fetch together can lessen stress and lift the spirits of you both. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. Let the child know that adults cannot and will not understand some things either. I go to this zone when I am working with a grief client, or tradgedy that I need to remain calm, centered, and professional, yet caring.

Cat Lovers: A Story Just For You

Ali Bierman

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Their medical training and professional lives are dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of disease. When you do this, it’s your mind’s way of trying to get control of the situation and create a different, happier outcome. Laughter releases the body's natural opiates and gives respite from pain. The grief process is normal, and most people go through it. The group is held at our new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, located at 1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame (x street Edwards Ct.).