The Grieving Look

The Grieving Look

Hello!

I know that again it has been, well six weeks since my last post, a while, but somewhere along the line I kind of lost my blogging drive. My mind has been swimming in all kinds of writing ideas, but it seems when I sit down in front of the computer I end up doing everything else but writing.

So now I have determined to complete a post and hopefully get back to the reason I started this blog.

To Share My Faith, Encourage, and Inspire Others.

My last post I wrote about the loss of our family dog and what that looked like for us as a family.

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Now I want to share the grieving stage and how we have overcome to a point.

August 9th, 2016, was the day we said goodbye to Charlie and the beginning of many tearful and sad days.

The first week was terrible for my Kristin. Not only was she dealing with the first week of school she was also the loss of her dog.

Kristin is a very happy person and always has a smile on her face. She brings a lot of  joy to us and she is such a fun person to be around. We spend a lot of time together laughing, joking, hugging, singing, and rolling our eyes at each other because one of us is acting crazy.

To see her so heartbroken, not talking, and crying all the time was hard for me. I felt so helpless. All I could do was again pray, hold her and assure her that it was going to be ok and as time goes by her broken heart will heal.

Time showed his face, day by day she began to come out of her shell. Like a turtle, little by little peeking her head back into life.

She took a big step and donated all of Charlie’s belonging to the local animal shelter and even considered getting another dog.

Kristins grandma bought these charm necklace

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and alongside her favorite picture of Charlie we framed the charms and hung them up in her room.

For the rest of us,

Devonte never really cried after the first day, but I knew the loss was affecting him because for the first time ever in his school life I was getting negative reports from his teacher. He was acting up in class, and taking things that did not belong to him.

As of today he is doing much better and has settled down.

Carlos Sr. has been ok. He’s not one to show too much emotion but I know for sure he misses Charlie. On his days off he would walk her several times and make sure she was feed.

As for me, just to begin to say how I’ve been I am already starting to cry.

Even though Charlie was Kristin dog she became mine as well. We spent a lot of time together since I was the one who was home most of the time. Of course, I was also the one who gave her a bath, fixed her food, took her walking, took her to the vet or the groomers.

I think this is one of the reasons it has been hard for me to stay focus.

My computer sits on the kitchen table and anytime I would sit at the table Charlie would be right under my feet or right beside me. Times I would literally have to step over her when I would get up from the table. To sit at the table now is not the same.

Walking in the door and not having her jumping all over me is even harder. Or to say, Charlie, I will be back, you stay here. It has been hard. I have tried not to cry just so I can stay strong for the kids but there are those days that I just let the tears flow.

She may have only been a dog but she brought so much unconditional love to all of us.

She will be forever missed……..

 

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