Hello all, I have come across this poem in a movie the other day. It is very touching. I thought it'd be a good idea to share it here, with people who have just experienced a dramatic loss; be it a human or a fur baby. It might bring some comfort to some of us. 

If I were the first of us to die,
let grief not blacken on your sky.
Be bold yet modest in your grieving.
There is a change, but not a leaving.
For just as death is part of life,
the death live on forever in the living.
And all the gathered riches of our journey…
The moment shared, the mysteries explored.
The steady layering of intimacy stored.
The things that made us laugh, weep or sing.
The joy of sunlit snow,
or first unfurling of the spring.
The wordless language of look and touch.
The knowing.
Each giving and each taking.
These are not flowers that fade,
nor trees that fall and crumble,
nor are they stone.
For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand.
And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand.
What we were, we are.
What we had, we have.
A conjoint past imperishably present.
So, when you walk the woods,
where once we walked together…
and scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow,
or pause where we always did upon the hill…
to gaze across the land.
And spotting something, reach by habit, for my hand.
And finding none,
feel sorrow start to steal upon you.
Be still, close your eyes,
breathe, listen for my footfall in your heart.
I’m not gone, but merely walk within you.



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Hi 3_cats_mom, thank you for posting that poem.  It is touching and comforting.

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Thank you so much for posting that beautiful poem. Everyone here is grieving and the best thing we can do is support one another. Losing a furry best friend is incredibly tough, and not understood by everyone. Let's continue to let this forum reflect love and support for one another.
K. Unger
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Thank you for sharing this uplifting poem! I’ve always felt that Sunny walks in my heart so I cried reading this poem especially at the end but it was a good cry!
I’m sorry for your loss. Wishing your heart comfort and peace.
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That is lovely. I have one to add if you don’t mind?

Lost Pet

I stood by your bed last night
I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying,
You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly
as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you,
I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast,
I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times,
your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today,
Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels,
I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today,
You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you,
that I'm not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house,
as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you,
I smiled and said "it's me."

You looked so very tired,
and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know,
that I was standing there.

It's possible for me,
to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty,
"I never went away."

You sat there very quietly,
then smiled, I think you knew
... in the stillness of that evening,
I was very close to you.

The day is over...
smile and watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless,
I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you
to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you
and we'll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you,
there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out
...then come home to be with me.

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I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face after reading that wonderful poem. Thanks so much for the share! Very kind!
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