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Pet Loss Readings to Heal Your Heart

A heartwarming collection of poems and readings are at http://www.petloss.com/poems/poems.htm.
Following are the two readings from Heal Your Heart CD and Booklet:

 Fragile Circle

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan.

Irving Townsend, "The Once Again Prince," Separate Lifetimes, 1986. Used by permission

Gifts by Ginger-lyn Summer 

They come to us, 
from shelters or friends or in any number of ways,
these beings of fur or feather or other outer shells. 
They come to us wanting only 
to be fed, sheltered, and loved.
And we take them into our homes and our hearts. 
They may have prized pedigrees, 
or they may be abandoned or abused 
and rough around the edges. 
But there is something about them, 
some sort of light in their eyes 
that tells us they are meant for us.
And a sweet dance of love 
begins with our new friends. 
We watch them delightedly discover their new home, 
laugh at the antics of kitten or puppy, 
smile as the former lost soul 
settles comfortably into our arms.
They become a beloved member of our family, 
a reminder of the uninhibited joy 
that we have often forgotten how to feel. 
The dog that excitedly runs 
to greet his human friend returning home, 
or the contented cat curled up on a lap 
remind us of how large 
unfettered love can be.
They come to teach us to remember how to love. 
They come to teach us that our hearts, 
so often battered by this world that we struggle through, 
are still open enough to feel wonder and mystery 
and a precious connection to another being.
And we love them, and care for them, 
and experience the joy 
we thought was lost from our lives.
But life is fragile. 
One day, perhaps unexpectedly, 
or perhaps after a long struggle with illness, 
our precious friends are gone.
And we mourn them deeply. 
We feel lost, and alone, 
and that the joy is once again gone from our lives. 
We feel anger, and pain, and fear.
We question Deity, and wonder why.
Life is fragile. 
Their lives are more fragile than ours. 
We cannot escape death, 
and for it to take our most precious friends, 
who ask so little, 
seems unfair and too much for us to bear.
But they leave us always with a gift. 
They leave us with that love they gave, that joy they sparked. 
Our hearts are larger for having loved them. 
We are enriched by having these special souls in our lives, 
even if it was for too brief a time.
Love never dies. 
And the love that was created 
by our special friends who came into our lives 
is a living thing, 
always a part of our being.
We may think our hearts are closing again, 
but we cannot erase the fact 
that they have been opened.
They teach us love for a reason: 
so that we will have it in our hearts always. 
Each day, each act of kindness or love, 
is a tribute to our pets who have moved on.
Honor your special friend with kindness and love. 
Each day, reach out to your living companions 
and let them know how precious they are.
Reach out to others in your life 
and let the love your friend brought you live on. 
Reach out to others in need, whether human or animal.
I can think of no better gift than the love they teach us. 
And I can think of no better way to honor their memories 
than by extending that love. 
In this way, they will truly live forever.

 Copyright 2009, Ginger-lyn Summer.  All rights reserved.  Used by permission



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