August 28 2018
Written By
Barbara Karnes
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A PLACE IN MY HEART, When a Pet Dies

A PLACE IN MY HEART, When a Pet Dies


Ginger - September 12 2018

Thank you for writing this. Pets are wonderful.

Judy A Fauth - September 03 2018

I have lost 4 “special” family members through the years. Each holds their unique place in my heart and memories. Sir Winston Churchill (Old English Sheepdog), Mr. Apricot Rags (Llaso), Brandy (Jack Russell) and Mitzi Marie (Rat Terrier). I have mourned my losses). Don’t let anyone say, “they were just dogs” to you. Untrue! Thank you Barbara Karnes for helping us understand we can grieve for our pets; that it’s alright.

Stephanie Stipp - September 03 2018

Your book Gone From My Sight was for me extremely helpful at the right time. I am so happy you’ve written this new one for our pets. You nailed it right away by saying people more or less think you should just get over it because it’s just an animal. I’ve sent for your book and I know it will be very helpful. My 20 year old Siamese is on her way out any time. Perfect timing on your part. Thank you so much for who you are!

Barbara - August 30 2018

Dottie shared Dr. Walter Coleman’s blessing with me and I share it here for the comfort that some will find. All we have to do is add our own pet’s name to make the message personal. Blessings! Barbara

Dottie Coleman - August 30 2018

I have shared personalized versions of this prayer with many friends who have lost animal companions. It always seems to provide comfort. I share it here in keeping with the intention of your book. A Prayer for Monique

Creator of all Creatures Great and Small, we come to you asking that you receive today the spirit of our beloved Monique. As with every living thing, you imprinted her with wonderful uniqueness. From her beautiful white fur, to the glow of her loving blue eyes, to the welcoming sound of her bark, to the dedication of her energy in service to those needing cheering – we are grateful that she has been so much a part of our lives. She has extended herself to us and been a joyous addition to our family, both at home and at Magnolia, for almost two decades.

Our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we come to this place of parting. We have watched as her life has diminished each day. So as our final act of appreciation, compassion, and love, we give her the gift of ending her struggle now. Accept this as our most profound expression of love for all she has given to us and to so many. As she breathes her last here, let her breathe the new and healing air that is found in your presence.

Hold us close to you as we let the empty space in our lives be expressed with our tears and sadness. Along with the grief, let our memories be flooded with images of the many happy days we spent with Monique. Thank you with all our hearts for allowing us to come together for each of the days she brightened for us and for so many others.

Godspeed, Nicky, until we meet again. You will live forever in our hearts and souls in that special room called Remember. Accept her now, Lord. And may she hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen.

Dr. Walter S. Coleman, Chaplain

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