Just this weekend, my brother lost his beloved cat Topher. Topher was a very sweet boy, always up for cuddling with his loud rumbling purr. The circumstances surrounding his death were difficult, and it has been a sad passing of such a sweet and loyal companion for my brother.
As a memorial, I created an Etsy treasury for him... if I had the money, I probably would have purchased each item from it! Since I don't, I am instead making a memorial pillow for him with a picture of Topher on it.
I hope you will all consider sharing your thoughts and condolences at this memorial treasury:
I would also like to share this beautiful poem that is commonly shared when someone loses a close pet:
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 to them, who had to be 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 quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, 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 again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....