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How to let go when an animal is dying?

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 ---Louise on 9/1/05
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Steveng -- Who said anything about animals getting someone to Heaven?

Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Do you think all His gifts are only spiritual?
---Donna66 on 8/29/10

Donna66: "Pets are a gift from God. (but don't expect everyone to understand this)."

"...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

"...the gift of the Holy Ghost."

"...receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness."

"...spiritual gifts."

These gifts, and many more, pertain to the christian life and the people around them. Animals will not get you into heaven.
---Steveng on 8/27/10

Pets are a gift from God. (but don't expect everyone to understand this). Our animals may even provide lessons to us on how to depend on God without question and how to forgive unconditionally. They can provide us with great comfort.
Naturally, it is painful to part with them. Out of gratitude, we can perhaps provide comfort for them in their last days, if we have the chance.

But God did not mean for us to have them forever. Ask Him to help you through this period of grief. Give thanks that HE will never leave you!
---Donna66 on 8/25/10

We become very attached to our pets.

I know that my cats and I are attached to each other.

Thank God for the joy your pet brought you.
---Cluny on 8/25/10

Is it any worse than when Jesus said, "Follow me and let the dead bury the dead."?
---Steveng on 8/25/10

steveng, I'm surprised you are so lacking in compassion. You are right, technically, but, to quote the song, "Where Is The Love?"
---Mary on 8/25/10

You should weep more for the unsaved than for animals. Let God take care of the animals, you should be taking care of people which should be our only concern. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," "comfort," and "encourag" becasue our duty is for one another, not animals. Can animals perform any of the duties found in your search? Can animals help populate the Kingdom of God? Can animals bring people to salvation? Can animals baptise people?
---Steveng on 8/24/10

My prayers go out to you. We do love many things in our lifetimes, including animals. I have lost several dogs but was able to get over them fairly quickly. Not everyone can do this. Do you have family,spouse or other interest. You need to focus on these things also. Your spouse and children need you,too. Don't make them feel second place. Try to balance things out. Pray and ask God to help you cope with these feelings. Sometimes when we let other things take the place of God in our lives, we make idols out of them. That is abomination to God. Put God first in all that we do. God bless you. I hope you feel better soon,friend.
---Robyn on 8/24/10

my sister had that 3 times, she is a animal lover, where I have deep love for kids/youth, she said getting another pet right after helped her , I 'DO' know, a guy( who had a dog) hurt me deep and I was at his house, and I wasnt crying and the dog came up to me, touched her paw on my hand, and I thought she wanted to go outside, and usually when you get up, she heads straight to the door, she didnt, and when I sat back down she touched me again as if she sensed( instinct) my deep sorrow, that amazed me.
---jan4876 on 8/7/08

Shira,that sounded really callous.Of course a child dying has to be the worst pain in the world,but that does not negate the sadness and pain of losing a beloved animal companion,which i believe that if we ask God will be with us again when we reach eternity.Pray for their grief to pass and let your response be with kindness and gentleness.
---Judith on 10/25/07

I would suggest that you give this matter to God. There will be pain, grief and sorrow as we are human beings with a full range of emotions. Be thankful for your animal and remember the good times you had with it. Thank God for allowing you the time to share with this pet. Release it to Him and He will comfort you in times of sorrow.
---chria8537 on 10/25/07

Louise, my prayers are with you. Animal companions provide us with so much and they are blessings. Dont let anyone minimize your grief by saying oh it was just a dog/cat/bird/etc. And when it comes time to get a new pet dont think it means that you loved the other one any less.
---randy on 3/17/07

I had Sampson, my Siamese cat for 16 years when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Those last 2 weeks with him was the best and worst 2 weeks I have ever had. The day I had to take him into the vet was horrible, but I didn't want him to suffer. My heart is with you, I will be praying God will touch your heart.
---bethie on 10/3/05

Louise. When my shi-tzu of 12 yrs died, it ripped my heart out. I said I would NEVER get another one because it hurt too much to go through that. The best decision I ever made was only 3 mos later when I adopted my new baby, "Hambone", a pekinese mix. I often tell him, "you made mommy smile again"
Don't deprive yourself of experiencing that special kind of love again. ALL your "babies" will be waiting for you at your heavenly mansion! Much love & prayers :)
---Sissy on 9/13/05

As Christians we are "little gods". A child of God is part of God. Because I must believe that (Scriptural), I also believe what a preacher once prophesied about your concern. Any animal that you have truely loved or has proven loved you will be yours in the hereafter. Animals do not have a spirit nor eternal life of their own but I do believe my eternal life will be blessed with those I have so loved. My own personal opinion.
---mike_fl on 9/7/05

I am sure your pet will go to heaven and be there to meet you when you get there. I lost Tussy when I was 21 after 14 years with her. She was a good dog and I know she is with Jesus. The bible says that animals will be judged and punished for shedding human blood, so I gather that the good ones will be rewarded.
---Julie3763 on 9/4/05

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My prayers are with you.I've lost many pets, and it is hard each time. Just rest in God's love and peace. He will comfort you. And Shira, shame on you for your reply! This person is very sad, and doesn't need uncaring advice such as yours!
---Melissa on 9/1/05

HI there I have been in a situation where I had to have my awesome Great Dane put down and this caused me great pain, however I know God is in control ok and I found this wonderful poem called "rainbow bridge",do a net search for it, it will really help ok, sue4935
---Sue on 9/1/05

Give all your grief to God and all the love you have to your pet in it's final days. Feel happiness for all the love that your pet have given to you. God blessed you with that love.
---EJ on 9/1/05

I am so sorry that your animal is dying. I believe that animals are a part of our family. Make sure you go through all of the stages of grief. Everyone grieves in his or her own way and what ever way you go through it is the right way for you. My prayers and blessings to you
---caroa on 9/1/05

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The Bible says even the animals and trees are waiting on his return.
---willa8985 on 9/1/05

I love animals and its very hard to part with them. My son was 2 yrs.old when he got a cat , he was part of the family! He lived until after my son was away at college. He was almost 20 yrs. old when he had to be put down. I took him to the Vet knowing I wouldn't be bringing him home, I cried all the way there-and all the way home.I was alone and I missed him terribly!We never forget them, but we deal with it.Just remember the comfort and company they were.
---NVBarbara on 9/1/05

Hello Louise.

I know the emotional pain you feel right now. An animal companion is special in every way.
The sense of loss that we feel when we lose our pets is really awful. I pray that God will take special care of you and your pet at this time.

I lost a beloved dog a few months ago. I will never stop missing him.
---Eleanor on 9/1/05

We adore our pet Gabriella. She is 11 and is facing some health issues also. I was reading a christian magazine story that said, "remember, DOG is GOD spelled backward." It gave us such hope. God created her and loves her and your pet as much as we do. If animals were not important, he would not have had Noah fill the ark with them! He knows our heart and our concerns and even our animals are important to him! God Bless.
---kimberly on 9/1/05

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I have lost several animals, but if you want to feel grief, let one of your own children die.
---shira_5965 on 9/1/05

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