"I dropped a tear in the ocean. The day you find it is the day I will stop missing you."
It is two years today since we lost our pet ferret to cancer. With the craziness in the world especially in the Middle East, it hard to even focus my thoughts on my pet that has left us and gone to theBridge but yet here are those emotions still within me.
The grieving process of a pet is just as real and painful which often goes unrecognized in today’s society. Often people downplay the loss of the pet to the loss of their loved one. There is no difference. Sometimes the loss of a special animal is trivialized by others as insignificant, as if you don't have a legitimate right to grieve. This behavior applies to children and adults. It is my hope by writing this short article in memory of Nikomi that it will make people be aware of their hurtful comments to the person who has lost a pet. In time grief shifts to this 'quieter' place within us, a place where we do just hold it safely inside, unspoken, as it becomes more of a part of us and who we are. I think of it as too "sacred" and all-encompassing a place to 'sully' with mere words, and a place where it is to be cherished more within that without.