My mother passed away nearly a month ago and Munch has not been the same since
Just as his picture took pride of place next to her bed, her loving imprints remain treasured in his heart. As he lays on her couch that now lives in our home, he connects to her scent that belonged to her alone. Her beloved soft toys now belong to him as he keeps them close to remind him of the times where death was a concept not yet known.
The atrocity of grief hit him immediately as he lay crying beneath her hospital bed moments after she passed, as he tried to anchor her soul from transcending to a place without pain. His whimpers have only now begun to quieten as he adjusts to life without her beautiful physical form as he enters into the peace in grief.
The whimpers were far from quite at her funeral as he along with loved ones said goodbye to one of his favourite animal whisperers he ever met. His heartbreaking goodbye echoed into the ground as she was lowered to lay in peace knowing now that she now lived elsewhere. This new home will be a place we will visit often and continue to bless with love and eternal gratitude.
The alien concept of apathetic hunger is now leaving and being replaced by his usual ravenous raids on the edible and non edible world as he reminds himself of the food lover he once was. His personalised Bach rescue remedy made by a friend is slowly beginning to make his tail propel as it once did pre-grief. Slowly but surely the peace in his grief is resetting him to learn to live with the loss of a treasured member of his pack.
Grief is more varied than prescriptive, where rules do not exist yet coexist all at the same time. The sacredness of life runs deep across species and is felt in multidimensional ways that we will never truly know. Our grief is a personal experience that will never match another identically but can unity souls that once were estranged.
Resting alongside Munch in the peace in grief has deepened our bond even more as we experience this as one. Dogs grieve not just owners but anyone within their lucky pack that have shared moments in time that just belong to them and nobody else. Peace is a place that can be found anywhere even where you would least expect it. When we learn to rest in Peace in life, we can learn to be at peace with grief.