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Yesterday was the first day since Bean passed a week ago (due to a freak accident) that I haven’t broke down and cried. For some reason I feel guilty about that. Like that I didn’t love her enough and I am able to start moving forward so soon. I also feel guilt over starting to look for a companion for our other dog who has never been alone in his life until now and isn’t handling the solo life very well. I found her “twin” at the local rescue and am considering adopting him simply due to the resemblance. I know it’s wrong. I can’t help myself.

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I feel guilty about moving on somewhat too. I am not getting another dog at this time, but I do go out and hike without her and plan on getting a better job and spending more time at it to advance myself. I always rushed home from work to let her out and be with her. I am looking forward to more of a social life. I feel guilty about all of this. 

I do look at her pictures almost every day and still say good morning and goodnight to her every day. I still say I love you whenever I see the spot where she used to be. 


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I understand what you're saying, it can sometimes be a fine line between moving on and staying stuck (so to speak) with your grief. For me, I had good days and bad days after Blackie passed away. Some days I cried a lot, other days I was able to get by without tears.

I would say that, while crying can sometimes be a way to measure your grief, having days without tears is a way to assess your healing. Healing does not mean you love your beloved less, it just means you are finding ways to cope with your new normal, your new reality of life without your pet. At least that is how it was (and continues to be) for me...

Hugs and peace to you as you go through your grief journey...

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom

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