A suggestion to help with the healing...

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Registered: 09-12-2006
A suggestion to help with the healing...
Fri, 12-01-2006 - 3:05pm

It has been just over 2 weeks since we lost our beloved lab Sam. My husband and I had her before we had our children. She lived 12 happy years with us. Our children are getting over the shock of her not being here with us, but it has been hard on them. Sam loved them and protected them since they were babies and it just seems so weird that she is not here sniffing at us and following us wherever we may go in the house. Last week while eating dinner my son dropped some food on the floor and we all just sat there looking at each other wondering what to do next. Who would BEND over and pick this up? We have not had to do this in 12 years, and my children have NEVER had to do this. Sam was always there to snatch up anything that may have landed beyond the table or cupboard. OH! How I miss her! It's just these little things that are hard to get beyond......

Anyways, I just wanted all of you to know what we did for Sam that has helped in the healing process for us. After Sam died the vet put Sams pawprint in clay for us and inscribed her name and date of death. It was so nice. I wanted to do something special with it so we would always have her with us. I went out and bought a shadowbox frame and some scrapbooking stickers for dogs. I picked our special pictures of Sam from a puppy until 2 weeks before she died. I hung the clay pawprint in the middle and surrounded it with all of our pictures of her. I also hung her pink bandana that she wore and her dog license and dog ID from her collar. I then put some of the stickers around the pictures and just made a little collection in memory of her. My husband and kids cried when they first seen it, but we hung it on the wall and we look at it often. It has helped us to get over the hurt we feel with her gone. Whenever we are having a bad moment we just look at the shadowbox and we find ourselves smiling again. I especially love the pictures of Sam with our kids. They are either hugging her or she is laying her head on them. I just hope that all of you can find some way to deal with your grief. I just thought I would share with you what has helped us.

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Sun, 12-03-2006 - 4:50pm

{{{^Sam's^ Mom}}}

With my heart,