Grieving for my dog is what I did this morning!
And today I want to share my vulnerability with you because I am feeling a profound loss. I hope you don’t mind…
I woke up feeling unsettled and sad.
I honestly couldn’t figure it out until I went into my office to work on my next book.
I was watching Addie play in the copious amount of snow that definitely made me giggle but there was this gnawing sensation humming in my background noise.
Grieving for my dog
I drank my tea while thinking about the next scene in my cozy mystery, trying to write when my eyes landed on a photo of my dog Marley. The photo is one of my favorites as it captures the actual essence of her soul. It was a powerful moment and not one I expected. I felt a surge of reconnection while our memories flooded my heart.
I allowed them to penetrate my soul—fearlessly, powerfully, and knowingly. As hard as grief is I know I always have to go-with-the-flow and be ready to take my grief by the hand and ask what my lesson is at that moment.
This is the only way I know how to not let my grief take away my connection with my Marley-bee. Grief is a real emotion but not an emotion I allow to take over my world leaving me helpless. Heartbroken yes, but helpless at this stage…Heck no!
I have learned when grieving for my dog and teaching others about pet loss GRIEF — grief is a powerful motivator when we take it by the hand and ask what it needs and wants. I am a big proponent of feeding grief with the nutrition it needs so that personally my heart can heal, learn, and bounce back even more compassionate than before.
The grief was nasty and raw when I first lost Marley and now 4-years later while grieving for my dog I know I will always work on the lessons Grief has taught me and I will be okay.
The lesson I learned today…Keep Your Heart Open When Grief Needs to Speak
This morning I was given a gift, I got to bring Marley close again from this lesson of the profound lesson of grief. We had a wonderful telepathic chat. She is okay and I am okay..We got to thank each other for spending precious moments of life together.
Note: Marley reached the end of her life 4 years ago and yes…I still feel sadness, I still grieve, and I still get angry that she got cancer when she was so healthy otherwise.
Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL had a serious heart-melt when she met Marley over 20 years ago. A day doesn’t go by when she doesn’t think about “The Divine Ms. M.” As a certified pet loss grief coach, animal medium and communicator Wendy also experiences her own grief. Through her experience and working with others she teaches folks… grief needs attention so that it can teach the profound lessons of life. You can reach Wendy by clicking here. She also has many books on Amazon to help you on your journey. Her newest is Pet Loss Poems: To Heal Your Heart and Soul.