By Dave Goff
A couple of months ago my household lost one of our cherished members. Sable
was the sweetest cat I have ever known. She truly wanted nothing more than love,
some good food, a good brushing and more love. Unfortunately, she also had some
congenital issues that suddenly and dramatically came to a head. One day she was
demanding to be brushed, two days later we were sitting with her in a quiet room
at our vets and watching the light fade away.
As I said, it has been a few months. I am just now able to really speak about
this without my chest and throat clenching up and my brain shifting into neutral
for minutes on end. My wife and I have been working to make sure that we work
through our grief in positive ways and to remember Sable in the best ways we
For us, losing Sable was one of the hardest things we have ever gone through, so
I thought I would write a bit about strategies that might help when coping with
the loss of a family companion.
Grief when you lose someone you love is a reality and nothing will take away
the pain of that loss, but hopefully some of these strategies can help you deal
with the pain in positive ways.