Loss

‘And loss, strangely, can attune you to what is beautiful about existence, even as it wounds you with what is awful.’ — Ryan Vandeput

‘I thought that love could last forever. I was wrong.’ — W. H. Auden

I have no idea when this photo was taken – all I know is that it’s within the last 4 years, but I found it buried in a folder amongst some other random photos. Anyway, this is obviously our beloved Lucy, who died on February 24th 2014 aged 22. I’m still holding her ashes for the family… nobody really knows what to do with them, and although I happy being her custodian, it’s time she found her final resting place. But, I believe she’s already at peace and either at Rainbow Bridge waiting for our return, or in her spiritual forever home…

You can also follow public comments given for Lucy since she passed away on Facebook by clicking:
http://fbl.me/lucy
And here:
http://fbl.me/goodbye

Click here for all posts on Lucy posted on this site

I’ve found another photo of Lucy, this time dating back to December 2010, when she was already 18 years old. Who knew she would live & love until she was 22?! She looks good in this photo. Our favourite girl… you’ll be laid to rest soon.

Again, you can follow public comments given for Lucy since she passed away on Facebook by clicking:
http://fbl.me/lucy
and here:
http://fbl.me/goodbye

…or to find all of Lucy’s posts on this blog, click here:
www.rycariad.co.uk/tagged/lucy

Yesterday, a week to the day Lucy died peacefully, my brother Paul brought Lucy home again for the last time after she was cremated at Summerleaze Pet Crematorium in Magor, Wales.

But Lucy was more than just a pet, more than just a dog, more than just an animal. At the age of just 1 (having already had a litter of pups), when I was just a boy, she was adopted from the RSPCA Rescue Shelter in Newport, came storming into our lives and gave us 21 very happy years of unconditional love and companionship. She had been a mother, was fun, faithful, loyal, gentle, tender, energetic, loving, beautiful, incredibly special and so much more to us. She loved everyone, and everyone loved Lucy. She had a good – a great – life, and although she lived to be 22 years old, loss is always hard to deal with, and we all miss her as a family / because she was one of the family. Even extended family and friends will miss our dear old friend. She is truly irreplaceable, never to be forgotten, loved & missed terribly.

We haven’t decided for certain yet, but we hope to intern Lucy’s ashes next to her old friend of 13 years, Bonny – the cat – a further testament to how sweet natured Lucy was. She will hopefully be placed under the spring flowers in the flower bed, and laid to rest in the garden, and we can say one last goodbye. Although she’s no longer with us physically, hopefully she will wait for us patiently until we too are ready to come home…

~

If you miss me as you live your life today,
Think of the glorious memories of yesterday,
Then look toward the northern sky,
Where at Rainbow Bridge we run, we play, we fly,
With other friends we wait for you there,
And until that day, we are the wind, ruffling your hair.

© 2014, Ryan Price
For Lucy, January 1992 – February 2014

You can also follow public comments given for her on Facebook by clicking:
http://fbl.me/lucy
And here:
http://fbl.me/Goodbye

Click here for all posts on Lucy posted on this site