I am lucky in many ways to have never experienced the death and loss of a loved one very close to me until now. Today, June 4th 2016, my mom and I went to the vet and had our family pet of over 16 years put to sleep due to terminal health problems. This has been something I have known about for a while, an impending situation which continued to get worse, and now my sweet kitty, who was much like a sibling to me, is at peace.
Although it was an incredibly difficult situation, I believe it is best in these situations to have allowed her to go peacefully with us, rather than prolong any suffering. And while it is not any less difficult or sad, it is consolation that she lived an amazing 16+ years and went from a skinny shelter kitten to a pampered and loved member of the family. Afterwards, we donated all of her unopened food cans and litter to the local animal shelter. Today has been less than wonderful in many ways and I’ve experienced a new kind of grief and loss, however I am comforted knowing she has moved on to a happier place. Death is an inevitable fact of life and while we wish our pets and people we love will live forever, the circle of life says otherwise. To quote on of my favorite books:
“Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there”. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – Looking for Alaska