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Offline Heorhij

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Death of a pet
« on: January 09, 2008, 09:19:11 AM »
Yesterday, early in the morning, our kitty Mura suddenly died. She was only 6 years old and never had any health problems. Her death seemed to be instantaneous and non-violent. She just went out to our backyard like she used to do every morning, and the next thing we saw was her lying there dead.

My wife Lesya is devastated, please pray for her.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008, 09:23:44 AM »
God comfort you both.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008, 09:41:36 AM »
Lord have mercy. 
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008, 09:46:32 AM »
George:  So sorry to hear and I wish your wife peace and comfort.  God gave us pets for companionship and your wife's grief is only a testament to what a good and loving companion your cat Mura was.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008, 10:38:24 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008, 10:55:59 AM »
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008, 11:14:20 AM »
Lord, have mercy!

I am sorry, Heorhij...please let Lesya know that we are praying for her assurance and comfort.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008, 11:22:32 AM »
Lord have mercy! So sorry to hear about the loss of the kitty.  :-[
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008, 04:25:16 PM »
These loving animals are a gift from God to fill our lives with their unconditional love and devotion.  They deserve our love in return.

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008, 08:52:45 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2008, 08:59:24 PM »
Dear George,

The death of beloved pet is always hard. God grant you and your dear wife, Lesya, peace.

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2008, 09:22:03 PM »
Oh man am I so sorry to hear that!  Pets aren't simply animals, but truly companions and part of the family.  My sympathies to you and your wife.  May God comfort both of you.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2008, 09:24:48 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2008, 10:02:33 PM »
Heorhij,
My sympathy to your wife and you.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2008, 04:35:09 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
Heorhij, my sincere sympathies. Pets become an integral part of the family so quickly...

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2008, 12:18:47 PM »
Most posts and threads on "religious" forums do not affect me.  Many disgust me.  This thread moved me to tears.  God be with your wife, and with those that have shown you the love and sympathy in your loss.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2008, 12:30:43 PM »
Thank you all so much. By your prayers, Lesya seems to be a little better today.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2008, 12:39:07 PM »
I am so sorry to read that this happened to you and your wife, Heorhji.  :'(  It must have been such a shock as your cat was so young.  It is very hard when a beloved pet dies.  I hope that you both are OK.

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2008, 01:51:36 AM »
I am very sorry to hear this, George. She had a good home and caring, loving owners. I have two cats myself and I know how close they become. It seems so sudden...:'( My prayers are with you and your wife.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2008, 06:05:17 PM »
Heorhij, I am very sorry to hear that.  I myself lost my dog of 6 years just last week.  Ran away and never came back.  I know how you and your wife must feel.  They really become members of the family.  God grant you comfort and peace.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2008, 02:27:30 AM »
Oops sorry about overlooking this one... Lord have Mercy .. and Condolences and...

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called rainbow bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very special, someone who was left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body begins to quiver. Sudeenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. YOU have been spotten, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, NEVER to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together....
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2008, 02:41:57 AM »
^^ That is so lovely!
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2008, 06:00:21 AM »
Lord have Mercy and comfort you two..
Never had pets in my life, but i guess it is such a great loss to lose one..
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« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2008, 01:06:25 AM »
Another one, Tales from "Rainbow Bridge"....

http://www.flippyscatpage.com/humanhearts.html

Human Hearts

"Why did Scroedinger have to go so early?" asked Helen.

Because his business here in this incarnation was done - he captured your heart.

He ran back to Rainbow Bridge to share this special prize with all those other kitties who never knew what life with humans can be.

I can almost see him in the kitty playground, carefully taking that bit of your heart out of his secret pocket, gently handling it like precious jewel, and showing it proudly to his friends, who stare back in awe.
"This," he says, with is chest all puffed out in pride, "is the bit of human heart that I captured. Isn't it bright, and shiny? Look at it sparkle, look at it glow. Feel its warmth, feel the love".

Many of the other pets at Rainbow Bridge immediately recognised what Schroedinger had was part of a Human Heart. They recognised its look and its glow, and although they knew it was beautiful and good and warm and loving, they knew it wasn't quite as good as their very own human heart that they already had. The pets that had stolen their own sparkly thing hugged their own secret pockets, and went to spend some time reflecting quietly about their own human who would be joining them soon.

But other kitties, having never seen such a precious thing before, gathered around, sighing in awe and wonder. The gaze at it intently, with just a hint of jealousy, but mainly with the kind of wistful thinking you have when you are happy your friend has won the lottery.

A hush fills the meadow - the soft, warm glow of Helen's heart more than fills their ears, their eyes, their very souls. No-one speaks for what seems an eternity.

Eventually, a small voice comes from the back. Its a little kitten, a marmalade-coloured boy.
"But how do I get one" he asks, in kittenly innocence.

The older cats are aghast at his brazen lack of reverence for this most magnificent thing Shroedinger holds in his paw, but quickly see that there is no malice in this little kitty's question. Most of them wouldn't admit even to themselves that was the very same question that was written on their own soul.
Schroedinger smiles a wise, slightly cheeky, little smile.
"I'll tell you the secret," Shroedinger whispers.

Even the older cats move in a little, afraid that they may be seen by other cats for actually caring about this sort of thing - they had spent so long pretending *not* to care, the habit was hard to break.
"its as easy as breathing" Shoedinger announced.

The old Tom, who had been at the Bridge for as long as anyone could remember, snorted "Rubbish, nothing is that easy" he blustered.

"Ah," smiled Schroedinger, "there is a bit of trick, though"

The old Tom raised what was left of his eyebrow.

"But you have to go back down there", said Schroedinger as he pointed back down to Planet Earth, "That's the only place we know of where you can find these most precious things. There are so many different sorts, and they all have their own unique glow and sparkle, but they are all just as beautiful in their own way. This bit is just a chip, you see, a tiny tiny grain of the heart of Helen, and its sparkle is the most precious thing I have, its sparkle is the most beautiful of all I've seen, although I know each one of you has their own that is as special to you as this one is to me. You can find your own down there, and it will be whole and sparkle and shine and glow so much more than this tiny tiny piece, but you'll have to go back, and risk being hurt again."

Old Tom smiled his crooked smile, and said very very quietly "I never knew that it could be that good" as he put his first Paw on the Bridge. "Perhaps this time..." and he vanished.

Schroedinger waved a paw and the departed tom, and carefully replaced the grain of Helen's heart that he kept next to his. As the crowd of pets dissipated Schroedinger, hugged his Heart of Helen, and happily trotted off to the Butterfly Chasing Field to wait for that little grain to be reunited with the much bigger, more sparkly, part.

And down on earth, a little kitten, perhaps Old Tom, mewed softly at the great bright sparkly light of Human Heart he could feel in the hands that gently picked him out of the skip bin. He was breathing: and already sensed that somehow, this Human Heart would be his.

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2008, 04:05:18 PM »
Hey Heohij--


This isn't me mocking you....:)
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2008, 06:26:55 PM »
Again, thank you, all who responded.

Yesterday, my wife and I were at the Divine Liturgy celebrated in a GOA mission parish in Aberdeen, MS. Before the commencement of the DL, the priest, Father Theo Theoharis, came up to us and said, "We missed you last time!" We said, we could not make it because it was when our cat died. He immediately said, "oh, I understand, I understand! It's like losing a baby!" I loved him so much for saying that. People are sometimes so harsh and stone-hearted when other people grieve about the death of their companion animals, but Father Theo was not like that at all.

We might adopt another kitten in a couple of months. Many, many thanks for your prayers.
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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2008, 10:12:48 PM »
He immediately said, "oh, I understand, I understand! It's like losing a baby!" I loved him so much for saying that. People are sometimes so harsh and stone-hearted when other people grieve about the death of their companion animals, but Father Theo was not like that at all.


Yes, that was a great reaction indeed.

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Re: Death of a pet
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2008, 11:35:20 PM »
Again, thank you, all who responded.

Yesterday, my wife and I were at the Divine Liturgy celebrated in a GOA mission parish in Aberdeen, MS. Before the commencement of the DL, the priest, Father Theo Theoharis, came up to us and said, "We missed you last time!" We said, we could not make it because it was when our cat died. He immediately said, "oh, I understand, I understand! It's like losing a baby!" I loved him so much for saying that. People are sometimes so harsh and stone-hearted when other people grieve about the death of their companion animals, but Father Theo was not like that at all.

We might adopt another kitten in a couple of months. Many, many thanks for your prayers.
I remember how devastated my grandma was when our little dog Bozo (a cocker spaniel/poodle mix) was killed by a much bigger neighbor dog who got a bit rambunctious in his play (so Grandma wanted to believe to protect the honor of the bigger dog).  It really is like losing one of your own family.
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