Longevity, Loss, and Grieving
Our newest series is on loss, grieving and longevity. We started this series on February 2, 2011.
Some OwyheeStar inquiries are a product of loss. There are times when we see all too many inquiries due to loss. Some start off that they lost their beloved Weimaraner of 10+ years. Unless you have been owned and loved by one of these creatures you cannot fathom the depth of loss and the resulting grief. Others facing loss may have had a beloved Lab, GSP, etc. and they are facing heartache too!
Loss can be due to natural causes and the normal aging process. Loss can be due an accident. Loss could be due to catastrophic event. None of us know how long we will live nor how long our Weimaraner will be with us. It is never long enough! Sometimes losing a fur-family-member is more painful than human loss. Sometimes this catches us by surprise. Sometimes this makes friends or extended family members wonder about us.
Often those who have suffered such a loss get another Weimaraner or their first Weimaraner. We all know their former can not be replaced, however, they move forward in hope. They begin a new journey with a new friend. It is not the same journey. The travel will take them to new places and new experiences. New memories will be forged in their mind, spirit, and heart. Along the way they will there will be reminders of the former. The journey and relationship, however, will never be exactly the same.
Yes, in face of their beloved Weim’s absence they move forward. They move forward knowing that their beloved departed Weimaraner would want nothing less for them. In their absence they wish puppy breath, paw prints, and frolics. They wish you healing and wholeness. If you have walked through this and are starting down a new road with a new puppy you can identify.
Normally, it is a sweet but sad start to a new relationship. Here at OwyheeStar we as well hope for healing. We hope this will be a rewarding adventure. Yes, there will be challenges. You went down this road with the first but that in most cases was a long time ago. It is a lot of work and requires commitment to get back to the same comfortable relationship. There is no shortcut!
Having experienced this gut-wrenching loss, many get their new puppy adjusted and settled. Then their thoughts turn to adding a second family Weimar. The thought of being Weimless again is too painful.
No matter how a person deals with the grief they must move forward. Each of us finds a way to honor their Weimaraner’s memory. Memories are a precious treasure. Some choose cremation and they spread ashes along significant locations. Others build a pine box or buy a special casket.There are also pet cemeteries, monuments, and online tributes. However you choose to honor your relationship it will reflect your personality.
In reality, many will not understand the depth of your loss. They may send condolences seeing your grief but those that understand are those that have walked down the road.
If you have suffered loss our heart goes out to you. Words seem inadequate to cover such a loss………
We send you puppy kisses, puppy breath, and paw prints on your heart. We wish you healing and may your memories carry you through.
May you love and be loved again!