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Old 29-03-2012, 02:04 PM
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Am I right to feel sad about a passing?

(If this is in the wrong thread, sorry! And, mod, please move it to the correct one!) To try and make a long story short, here goes.

A couple weekends back, early in the morning, I ran outside and broke up / scared away a group of 4 dogs that were attacking a cat. I rescued him, brought him into the house, and tried to make him as comfortable as possible. (There wasn't anything I could do. I didn't have any money, nor the transportation at my disposal, and the local vet here is closed on the weekends.) He passed away early that evening. (Not knowing who this cat's owner was and not about to carry around a dead cat in an accept to find and return the body to whoever his owner was) I respectfully buried him in the back of the yard, burnt an inscense stick, and said a prayer for him.

However, thought I didn't hear it / sense it from my guides at first, I ended up picking up the feeling of it wasn't my place to feel sad or sorry for this cat because he passed or feel guilty because of what I wasn't able to do. If I were to feel anything, I was suppose to feel happy because his time here was over, he learned what he had to in that physical form, in this life, and got to go back home.
(I could go into a huge discussion about this one, but to make this very very VERY long version short, I've learned from my own memories, meditation, and guides astrally escorting me to a few places, what comes after our physical form on this dimension can no longer support or keep the connection with our soul / spirit / whatever you wanna call it. It's like getting to go to school overseas, to learn, teach, and experience, then you get to come back home, go over what you've learned, maybe take a bit of time off to relax, then, if you want, you get to go back to that 'school' i.e. the physical realm. This isn't up for chatter and I'm not making this the point of my post. If it resonates with you, good. If not, that's okay too.)
I've been thinking about this whole situation on and off for the past couple of days and the more I do, the more clear of a message I get that I'm not suppose to feel sorry or sad for what happened. If anything, I have the right to feel happy for him. He lived his life here. He learned what he needed to. He got to pass over in a quiet, peaceful enviroment and that that's how and where he chose to 'die' at. (I honestly can't say 'die' or 'death' any more since those come off as sounding so 'final', and sure 'death' is something final for the physical form, but we continue on. Simple as that.)

I guess I'm just sorta split between the spiritual and physical aspects of this.
Okay. Sure. I didn't know this cat. I didn't get to bond with him and love him with I've done with the other cats in my life.
And yet, I'm sad over this loss.
Then again, on the other hand, I'm genuinely happy that he got to live this life, learn what he needed to, got to leave this realm the way he wanted, and go back home.

So... how should I accept this? I'm just sorta lost between the physical and spiritual sides of this and can't really seem to find any comfortable, single solution for this and to move on past it. (Or maybe I'm just thinking WAY too hard about something that is extraordinarily simple. I should just say a prayer of 'thanks' and be on my merry little way.)
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Old 29-03-2012, 02:35 PM
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Feel what you feel and let no one tell you that you should feel differently and that goes for anyone, including guides.
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Old 29-03-2012, 04:07 PM
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Have you ever made contact on the spiritual plane with the cat? If he can communicate wtih you, I wonder if you'll find some peace.

I want to share with you my story. A few years back, I was feeding a feral cat in my backyard. Since I also have an indoor/outdoors cat, I had to capture him and bring him to the vet for vaccinations/neutering/check-up. I cannot take any chances on my kitty catching contageous diseases from the other cat. I brought the feral cat in through the Feral Cat Focus program. I signed a form okaying euthasia should the cat have Feline AIDS or Feline Leuk which are both very contageous. The cat never came home with me. They had to put him down. I was totally devastated.

I just totally thought of the feral cat after reading your post. I put him in the back of my mind because I couldn't deal with the fact that I had inadvertantly caused his death. You, on the other hand, tried to save him the best you can. It's ok to feel sad. Given time, the aches will lessen. It has only been a couple of weeks since the incident and it'll be fresh on your mind for awhile. Plus, you were also thinking of the owner not knowing what happened to the cat. *Hugs*
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Old 30-03-2012, 06:44 AM
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Maybe your guides are just suggesting a different perspective in order to help you deal with your grief. You can't help the way you feel about the cat and how everything transpired. It was traumatic and not an easy way for the kitty to die, being torn apart in a fight. You did what you could for the poor thing. It's OK to feel bad about the trauma. That's natural. Maybe what your guides are suggesting to you is meant to help you deal with it. It doesn't sound like you should be laying a guilt trip on yourself.
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Old 30-03-2012, 07:19 AM
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Of Course you can feel sad (((((BIG HUGS!!!)))))
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Old 30-03-2012, 07:26 AM
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I mention my "teacher"quite a lot, but she was a minister who taught many folks during her time... and was my spiritual teacher 20 yrs.
She always advised, it's OURSELVES we cry for, when some one dies.
They are typically happy where they are, and it's ourselves who feel the loss-grief.
Of course some souls DO get lost, if the death is sudden-traumatic, but typically they seem quite content being where they are, and any guilt serves no good purpose, except possibly to learn from.

When my Mom died suddenly I felt nothing whatsoever, except compassion for my father.
This later seemed odd, but I was concerned about his sorrow-grief , and sensed no separation from her ... as her health was steadily declining, she suffered considerable pain... so death was a gift to her..
I'm convinced part of her stayed with me, for a time , to comfort my father.

When my wife died, however, I felt like my soul was ripped in two, and it was in fact.... as we were aspects of one soul. Yet that too was a blessing-release, as her health was poor, and we knew our time together was limited.
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Old 30-03-2012, 09:20 PM
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I Was in the same situation a few years back our cat was chased under a car by three dogs, someone came to the house so my daughter went to get the cat he was in severe shock, my daughter nursed him all night but he also died, it was left to me to bury him in the back yard which i did,
my kids were heartbroken my daughter couldnt stop crying,
i told her that crying was good because it realeased the emmotion at the time she felt guilty that the cat had gone, that was just a part of what she was feeling, you are entitled to cry if you want to its your right, and no guide would tell you otherwise.

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