Miss Sophie, she was an original. Thank you for the joy, sweetness. We miss you. (Miss Sophie: 2002-2015)
I’ll admit that I had bigger plans for this new year. But I am attempting to be gentle with myself. Present to the ones I love. Grief is a funny thing — and there isn’t a timeline on it.
This sweet girl (and terror too!) left us last week. While it wasn’t unexpected,her decline had been fairly steady in the past few months, it still feels very sudden to us. We weren’t ready.
I’m so thankful that the weather cooperated and that we had the presence of mind to make a final journey with her before she left us. The beach was a place Sophie loved to go, a place we loved to take her. And while we had no idea of what to expect, we all knew that we couldn’t let her go without taking her one last time.
When a dog reaches this point with dementia, you can never be really sure if they’re aware of where they are. Most days she didn’t know who I was. But we all agreed she seemed to enjoy her time walking on the sand. She perked up, was just a wee bit more aware of us, a bit more herself in the days following. And then, after saying her goodbyes she was gone too soon.
So we find ourselves navigating these channels of grief. The absence of her is palpable. It’s all the more complicated because we had to make a decision to end her suffering. I would not wish dementia on any living soul — I cannot imagine how scary it must be to be slipping away. I just know that it was the most painful thing I have ever watched.
I’ve not had the heart to be in my studio this month. And as life likes to do, I’ve also had work and church responsibilities that have taken me away from my creative time. It’s not the beginning I had envisioned, but sometimes we just have to work with God’s timeline.
I have to stop writing now. There is more I could say. But it’s all too raw and this is probably not the space. I’ll just leave you with this moment, because it’s the one I’m going to be holding on to as I work my way back.
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