We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan. ~Irving Townsend
You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. ~Anne Lamott
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love. ~Washington Irving
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us. ~Helen Keller
End-of-life care is comfort care
The time you share with your pet as they approach the end of their life can be a very intimate and memorable time.
Their world may have shrunk, and they may need you more than ever, but handled thoughtfully and with support, it can be a very rich part of your journey together.
I offer quality-of-life assessments to help people with their end-of-life decision making, and palliative care to help people recognize and respond to their pet’s changing needs.