Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekly Pixie Dust

After an emotional week, I was finally able to sit down this morning and come to grips with everything. What started out as a typical week in the Darling home, ended up turning into a week of loss, pain, and questions.  Our puppy Gretta Bel passed away unexpectedly as a result of a tragic accident. She felt no pain as she died instantly.

It is never easy to say farewell to such a faithful companion, as a dog is to a family, but what was most difficult was helping our five year old daughter to understand it all. Despite her surprising composure, she naturally had a lot of trouble processing the loss of her dear puppy dog.

Our little family of four has been blessed time and time and again with the love and support of not only our family but also our friends as well. This week, we have received so much love from so many that our hearts, despite the breaking that comes with grief, are filled to the brim. The children's books, phone calls and cards have helped our family, especially our daughter, to heal.

The love of our family and friends has been more than enough to carry us through this week, but our specific Pixie Dust comes in the form of two children's books that have helped our daughter during bedtime, when she misses our Gretta the most. They are entitled, "I'll Always Love You" by Hans Wilhelm and "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant.

Mr. Darling and I highly recommend them to anyone with children who has lost a beloved pet. We are looking forward to a restful weekend, the beginning of a new week, a new adventure and a new outlook on life - remembering the importance of loving with each breath and all of your heart.

With love,
Mrs. Darling

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