Category Archives: Death & Dying

TINKERBELLE REMEMBERS: The Finding of a Therapy Cat

  TINKERBELLE REMEMBERS: A series about Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat (retired) and our journey together 1. Before. When I took the scraggly, emaciated, sickly old cat into foster from the shelter, I knew right away there was something different … Continue reading

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CAT POETRY 2

    Do cats dream? Do old cats leap and play as in their kitten days? Do crippled cats run the hills on unfettered legs? Do indoor cats prowl the jungle wilds? In their dreams, are sick cats whole again? … Continue reading

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LIFE STAGES: LIFE AFTER KITTY’S LOSS

People usually come out of the loss of a beloved pet with 1 of 3 basic thoughts: I never want to feel that pain again! Some cat moms and dads swear off adoption because they literally cannot bear the idea … Continue reading

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GRIEF, a poem

  It still comes With the surprise of a cut finger Sliced by a sharp knife, Deep and acute;  Or slashed by a dull blade, Ragged and hurting, The memory of loss.  

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LIFE STAGES: WHEN KITTY IS GONE

A home is never so empty as when one has lost a beloved cat. Even if there are other pets still present, chances are they feel the loss as well. If kitty went peacefully, there will be empty beds, forsaken … Continue reading

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Join me in dedicating Cat’s Paw: Beloved kitties who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge

I will be dedicating my new Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, Cat’s Paw, (launch November 10th) to all those beloved, precious, wonderful kitties who are no longer with us. I personally have had 2 recent losses and know of several others. I am … Continue reading

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FOR RED 2

On Friday, I lost my dear cat Big Red to cancer. This poem is morbid, maudlin, and incomplete but I needed to write it, needed to share it, and hope it resonates with others who have lost beloved pets. Because … Continue reading

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FOR RED 1

On Friday, I lost my dear cat Big Red to cancer. This poem is morbid, maudlin, and incomplete but I needed to write it, needed to share it, and hope it resonates with others who have lost beloved pets. Today … Continue reading

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WHEN SOMEONE DIES

When someone dies, after the shock, the denial, the tearful goodbyes; after the guilt of what more could I have done; after following their ghost-flickers  in places they once were, I stop and remind myself that others have gone before … Continue reading

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ALZHEIMER’S: MEMORY AS WATER

**If you have a loved one with dementia and you don’t have time to read this blog, skip to the end links for invaluable information on how you – the friend, family member, or caregiver – can survive this insidious … Continue reading

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