I have meditated often upon the subject of Death. Each time it finds me, it is a sobering reminder of how hollow this existence really is.
A friend recently lost her cat, Cat. Cat was with her & her husband for some time, the eldest of three cats and had struggled in recent years with some health issues. Though it was a hard decision, it made the most sense for them and Cat was put to rest. I’ve lost 2 cats in my life, very different experiences with each, and it’s never been easy losing a pet, having lost many pet rats along the way as well. I lost a dog too somewhere though I think, hope he may still be alive, wherever he might be.
The lives of animals may not be as long as ours but they certainly fill the space with so much love!
My girlfriend called me earlier to share that she had lost a friend as well. In an eerie twist, I met this gentlemen and was particularly taken by him because of how friendly and warm his spirit was. I remember his last words to me and in response shared with her, “I like that Dude.”
She was in great shock when we talked and understandably so. You never know when it’s someone’s time to go and it can be particularly jarring when you have recently seen them.
I believe Death is a guide, perhaps our greatest in many ways. When we lose loved ones, it is important to be in reverence of life, for it is truly fragile. From there, may we recall that beauty exists everywhere, even within fragility, and take no moment for granted.
To those who have passed, may your Spirits fly free. To those who remain, smile knowing that your loved ones are always with you and have returned home.