Coping with Grief
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January 2010-November 7, 2022
Words will never be able to express who she was. They will never amount to the magnificent, loving, and perfect angel dog on earth that she was. From the moment as a tiny puppy with a big AROO to my 12-year-old girl who never gave up fighting to stay with me each day, she taught me what truly living and loving was. She loved her food like most beagles do and always sought out her treats. She snubbed most conventional toys but loved to chew on the things she shouldn’t. She never knew a stranger. She loved children, people, and dogs though she did get selective in her old cantankerous age. She also loved sunshine, all food, naps, walks, car rides, belly rubs, and kisses. She knew the most comfy spots, found the best pillows and softest blankets to doze on. She hated her nails trimmed, thunder, loud noises, fire, snow, and rain. She always knew how to comfort and look at you with those big brown eyes full of love and her beautiful soul reflecting back. She was my first baby and truly my soul mate. She was my constant companion and then became my daughter’s when she was born. She was willful and stubborn, yet she knew she was so loved and could get away with some naughtiness.
The day she left, I came home to silence. The bed was empty, no longer was she sitting on the many pillows or burrowed under the blankets. No longer was she chasing rabbits, rolling on grass or stinky things outside. I sit alone without her plopping on my belly or cuddling with my daughter and husband. What I would not give to hold her, kiss her, and love her again…to hear her tap dancing on the floor or barking with her little hops impatiently at dinner and snack times. Her huge presence could always mend broken hearts. Now she has gone, and my heart will remain broken. Yet, I know her body’s ailments have been healed. I long for the day that we are together again with no sickness, death, pain, or sorrow. Whether at heaven’s gate, the Rainbow Bridge, or beyond the veil, Gracie May, know you are still so loved and will be so missed. You captured my heart from day one and took it with you when you left. I will always be your mommy and you will always be my baby. Death can never take that from us. Watch over us and never leave us. I love you my sweet girl more than any words can say.
“There is a link death cannot sever
Love and remembrance last forever"