Last weekend, we had to put our cat Seymour to sleep after a long battle with chronic kidney disease. He was just a few days shy of 10 years old.
He was a significant part of our lives and daily routine, both of which were disrupted greatly. The feeling of helplessness was so frustrating. All of it was a delicate reminder of what’s to come for all of us.
The author Robert Wright had some helpful tips for me during this time of grief that I’ve written about before. Instead of fighting the grief, I recognized it and let it in.
Through investating the feeling and being mindful of where the feeling is coming from, I slowly became nonattached to the feeling. This practice made it much easier to cope.