Yesterday, we lost our cat, Mr. Murphy, due to HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). It was very sudden, and never once thought we’d watch him go the way he did. Just 24 hours before, he was creating mischief and making us laugh.
One thing Murphy taught me with that is this – life is too short to focus on the pain. He was obviously sick, but he had enough to just continue being. How amazing is that? He also was just like any other pet – no secret agendas (ok, maybe when you had ham on your possession, but he didn’t make that much of a secret), never lied, nor any other human faults. He saved my life once from a bee by being the best door stop anyone could get, warned my mother of a snake in the house, licked away my tears when I cried once, gave lots of love when we would pick him up, warned us of people with “issues” by attacking them, and even explained once what PCR meant (“Meow meow meow” = “Polymerase Chain Reaction”).
Thing is, as much as I know about the other side and how pets love it, its always hard to come to terms with the death of one. But for now, I know Murphy’s way of communicating during this difficult time was to send me this poem. Hope this brings comfort to all those who have lost a pet.
I’m Still Here
Your heart has been heavy since that day
The day you thought I went away.
I haven’t left you I never would –
You just can’t see me,though I wish you could.
It might ease the pain that you feel in your heart
The pain that you’ve felt since you believed us to part.
Try and think of it this way,it might help you to see
That I am right here with you and always will be.
Remember the times we were out in the yard,
You could not always see me yet I hadn’t gone far.
That’s how it is now when you look for my face
I’m still right beside you still filling my place.
I find it to be so very sad
That seeing and believing seem to go hand and hand,
The love and the loyalty the warmth that I gave,
You felt them,did not see them,but you believed just the same.
I walk with you now like I walked with you then
My pain is now gone and I lead once again.
My eyes always following you wherever you roam
Making sure you’re okay and you’re never alone.
Our time was too short yet for me it goes on
I won’t ever leave you,I’ll never be gone.
I live in your heart as you live in mine
An enduring love that continues to shine.
That day will come and together we’ll be,
And you’ll say take me home boy,and once again I will lead.
Until that day comes don’t think that I’ve gone
I’m here right beside you,and my love it lives on.
We miss you and love you, papa. See you soon… xoxo <3