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ANJELIA1968 SparkPoints: (13,800)
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2/1/12 1:20 P

I'm sorry for your loss. It is no surprise that you are mourning your friend's absence from your life, and it will be hard to feel enthusiastic about things while you are so sad. The last time I lost someone I cared for, a friend kept telling me to "fake it 'til you make it" and I think that is really good advice. If you can push yourself to continue with your routine even though you don't feel like it, you will find that in time, you will actually feel better about what you are doing.

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1/28/12 11:47 P

What a great post, Nancy! Thank you sooo much.

Loved reading the linked blog and the comments from all who so love their furry family members.

Animals sure add a lot to our lives, don't they!

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1/28/12 11:31 P


I am so sorry for your loss. For me, our pets are part of our family and when we lose one, we lose a member of our family. Below is a link to a article that I wrote on this very topic last fall. Hang in there...many HUGS!

Coach Nancy

GRACEMCC45 Posts: 1,134
1/28/12 9:58 P

Hi Val,

Oh, my heart is breaking for you; I'm so sorry for the loss of your fur-baby. I know if one of mine wasn't around I would be inconsolable for sure and certainly staying on track would be the furthest thing from my mind.

I love this quote from your post "cant seem to find my care about it." Why? Because by telling the Spark Community how you are currently feeling, and reaching out for support, I think you found your care. Keep doing those small little things that keep you connected to this amazing resource, and your care will come find you in full force.

I think the previous poster gave some great tips for this specific type of loss. I wish you all the best and hope you find the strength to get through this.

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1/28/12 9:38 P

Hi Val.

So sorry about the loss of your little buddy! I'm a dog/cat/animal lover and totally get it.

It will take a while to get back your "oomph" so try to hang in there. If you have other pets at home, lavish them w/ love to help you all get through this difficult time. If you are pet-less, maybe donate time/$/items to the local animal shelter (that's how I got my doggie-fix after my last one went to the rainbow bridge). Many welcome people to help socialize the animals to increase their adoptability. Helps them and you!

This may sound silly, but I carry a small baggie of treats w/ me & a sprig of catnip when I go on my morning run / walk. Been doing that for nine years and I know my neighborhood "regulars" (along w/ their people) and it's a total joy to see their happy faces, give them a hello pet & a treat. Met some great neighbors this way, too.

I treasure starting my day off this way.

Good luck to you. Be kind to yourself. You'll get back on track. For now, just do the best you can.

SOFT_VAL67 Posts: 2,847
1/28/12 7:20 P

i started not to post this, as my spark friends who see me daily are probably growing tired of it, but i am in such deep mourning and grief over the loss of my little dog this week....i cant seem to concentrate on sparking or eating healthy and i for sure cant seem to get motivated to exercise.
i will go a few hours where i begin to feel normal and then it all comes back and i become so sad again.
i really need to get back on track.
i dont want to sink deeper into despair over this and really get off track any further, but i just cant seem to find my care about it.

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