Category Archives: Death & Dying

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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ALCOHOLISM: NOT AS BAD AS KARL

I knew I had a drinking thing, but I didn’t call it a problem. There’s an old joke found primarily on tee shirts: I don’t have a drinking problem. I drink, I get drunk, I fall down. No problem. That … Continue reading

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LIFE CHANGES: TINKERBELLE IS RETIRING

  Life changes. My dear sweet Tinkerbelle is retiring from therapy work. She has been a Pet Partner therapy cat for 4 years, but now as she approaches 15, it is time for her to rest. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading

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