This is one of the hardest pieces I’ve ever written, and yet I want to reach out to anyone who might find themselves in the same position, to say that although you probably feel very alone at the moment, please know that there are others out there who care, and who will understand at least a little of what you’re experiencing right now.
Writing about this is also part of my process of adjusting to our loss and of celebrating the life of our very special little friend.
Last Tuesday evening we made that most difficult of decisions – to have our beloved cat, Kali, put to sleep. She was almost 13 years of age, which is pretty good for a Cornish Rex, and she’d been experiencing some health issues, but still it has hit us even harder than we were expecting.
We had noticed that she was finding it more of an effort to breathe and so we took her to the vet who confirmed that she was going into heart failure and her lungs were congested.
Due to the coronavirus distancing rules, we couldn’t go into the surgery and had to wait in the car park while the vet examined Kali. He then brought her back to us and allowed us some time to sit with her while we weighed up the options, but deep down I knew that they would at best be a temporary solution, and might even just prolong her suffering. At one point she turned to look at me, and in her face I could see that she was tired, and that this struggle was getting to be too much for her.
It’s that moment that every animal guardian dreads. We face those unanswerable questions of: How will I know when the time is right? How will I be able to make that decision?
Next week I’ll share a little more of Kali’s story.
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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