If Carl could see my husband and I as we have mourned for him in the last couple of days, he probably wouldn’t understand the tears or sad looks. He wouldn’t comprehend how the thought of him in all of his usual places causes us to catch our breath as we try to shake off the unwelcome feelings.
The pain of loss is a difficult emotion to move through. I keep telling myself that is better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all. But it still doesn’t make the feelings go away or change the realization that we will never see our beloved Carl again.
I have received several encouraging notes about a Rainbow Bridge where animals go until they greet their owners on the other side. A place where animals have all their needs met and no longer suffer.
I love the thought of Carl running around an open field making new four legged friends. No leashes or restraints, just the freedom of running free. I can also envision him as he turns his head upward and howls for everyone to know that he has arrived.
But what gives me the most hope about this situation can be found in John 11:32-33. “When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.”
What gives me the most encouragement is the fact that Jesus entered Mary’s pain. He didn’t minimize it or down play it, but he allowed it to consume him. He cried with her and I know he is crying with me now. He doesn’t think being upset at the loss of a dog is silly or trite. Instead, he is beside me as I suffer.
It brings me an extreme amount of comfort just knowing the author of life has entered into our pain. And with this knowledge, I believe that He will provide for our furry friend in death as he takes care of us in life.
I want to thank all of you who have supported me as I have written about all the craziness that came with living with Carl. I am not sure if I will continue to blog, but I am sure God will provide an avenue if it is meant to be. In the meantime, if you would like to purchase my book, Empty Hands, it is now available today on Amazon as an eBook for only $.99.
4 thoughts on “Carl- On the Other Side”
I am sure Carl is providing adventures in Heaven!! He is still providing joy and mischief for all!
I do truly believe we are reunited with our loved ones and loved pets. Driving home from work the other day I saw a smaller “Carl look alike” being walked. It brought both a smile to my face, remembering Carl.. and sadness thinking of the grief you and Jay are experiencing. Grief is normal. I have tears as I am writing this. May peace be with you and Jay as you continue to mourn Carl, your 4 legged son.😘😘🙏👋
Jennifer, thanks for entering into my grief with me. It means more than you will ever know.
Oh Cora I am so sorry about Carl. To us dog lovers it is an extreme loss. I pray for your peace and comfort.😢Marie
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Marie, Thanks for your kind words! I am in Janet Hawkins’ group. Hoping to see you next week. Love, Cora