The loss of our companion animals have no geographic boundaries, no set ages and no set times, but anyone who has ever lost a pet feels the same universal sadness and despair. When a family in Tallaght, Ireland lost their four-year-old Jack Russell this week, they were left heartbroken and truly devastated, but a compassionate veterinarian and staff helped the family deal with their grief.
According to the DublinLive, the family dog, Missy had to be humanely euthanized after she suffered a freak accident and broke a vertebrae in her back. The compassionate staff at the Tallaght Animal Hospital knew how devastated the family had been when having had to make that choice, and sent the family a handwritten letter and a poem, entitled, “I’m Still Here.”
The handwritten note stated:
“To the Coleman family. We are so sorry for your recent loss of Missy. She had a happy and loving life in your care. Remember the good times you shared together. We know she will be dearly missed so we hope this poem offers comfort during this sad time.”
The complete poem “I’m Still Here” is as follows:
I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.
I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.
When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me, friend, I’m everyplace! (Author Unknown)
And much like the “Rainbow Bridge Poem,” which tells the story of a pet and his guardian when they are rejoined, “I’m Still Here” offers us a reminder of that indelible bond that forever is imprinted onto our hearts. Where you may not see them anymore, our companion animals (whether it be a dog, cat, horse or any other who has grabbed one’s heart), they will always be right by our side every day and night. Rest in peace Missy. You were loved.
Follow the National Pet Rescue Examiner on Facebook.