Kindred Spirits


No heaven will not ever heaven be
Unless my cats are there to welcome me.                                                   
                   ---Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Although my cat companions join me in city life, I also love dogs. I grew up on a large Angus cattle farm and Border Collies tended the herd. They were intelligent, loyal, playful and endlessly affectionate. I have had the privilege of knowing cats, dogs, horses, sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, mules, ducks, chickens, parakeets and rabbits. And so, to all creatures great and small, I say thank you for enriching my life. I'll see you again on the Rainbow Bridge.

It is common to deeply grieve the death of a beloved companion animal, yet this type of pain is often minimized or overlooked by others. If you know someone who is grieving the death of a pet, please consider sending card or a simple note of caring. 

For more supportive ideas, read these articles by author and grief counselor Marty Tousley:

Helping Another with Pet Loss

Helping a Child with Pet Loss

Helping Seniors with Pet Loss


My use of the word pet:

The noun pet comes from the Middle English word pety meaning small, trivial or insignificant. For centuries, pets were considered inferior to humans. For this reason, some animal rights activists suggest that we eliminate the word pet from our vocabulary and use the phrase companion animal instead. But pet can also mean cherished, beloved and favored. It is in this sense of love and respect that I use the word here.

Go to next page: The Fragile Circle of Life

April 2019


Why can’t I find a page or link that used to be here?

Over the last eleven years, The Grieving Heart® meandered into many topics and lost its purpose. I have deleted 40 pages to bring it back to the original focus of grief and helping grievers.

Web addresses come and go and I cannot guarantee the accuracy, safety or longevity of third-party (external) sites. Adding links by request, or finding and fixing broken links are massive time consumers, so I have deleted many outside sources and will limit additions in the future. The external links that remain are checked on a regular basis and related to grief, helping grievers and pet loss. 

I will continue to honor and remember veterans and fallen soldiers because it is the least I can do for those who have given so much.

I hope that my renewed attention to grief information will make The Grieving Heart® a better experience and comfort for you. Thank you for visiting. CJ



 My E-mail:

Christine at The Grieving Heart dot info 

A Word About E-mail: One way to decrease SPAM caused by Internet bots is to deactivate the live address link. You can still contact me by typing this address into your own e-mail program using @, a period, and no spaces, the standard e-mail format. Thank you.

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How complicated and individual mending is,
the time required for healing
cannot be measured against any fixed calendar
Mary Jane Moffat
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