Thursday, April 7, 2016

Remembering Lily

Straw Hat Day

It has been a year since our sweet Lily went to the Bridge.  Time does fly.  I still wish I knew why we had to lose her so young.  With feral cats tho - there are unknown circumstances in their origins - where did she come from, was there inbreeding and what was her environment like?  So many things could have contributed to her cancer at age 9.  I had hoped with love and good food she would live a long life. That was not meant to be.

Having a tender moment with Only

I want to share my last conversation with Lily thru an animal communicator.  When I know a cat is seriously ill, I talk to my animal communicator to find out how each cat wants this to go down.  It helps me make decisions for them. 2015 was a tough year for me - I lost my brother in law, my favorite aunt and several life long family friends along with four beloved cats.  In hindsight, what Lily told me during her session with the animal communicator was preparing me for the rest of last year. It was a very spiritual experience for me.

Snuggled on my bed

Lily shared with us that since she had done this so many times before, she had no fear of dying. She was already leaving her body off and on, traveling to the other side. I asked Lily if she wanted to be with all her offspring in the cat house but she assured me that she was already communicating with them and preferred to be with me.

Keeping watch

At the time I did not know I would shortly  lose three other cats, but Lily emphasized that she would be there to greet and welcome the others when it was their time to go to the Bridge.  Lily explained to us that she was going thru this cancer now, to help teach me about about death and dying.  To Lily, death itself, was beautiful and easy. My communicator said Lily showed her a most euphoric vision of the afterlife. 

She loved to eat

Lily was not concerned about her age - there was no time on her life line, for she  had no beginning or end. Lily knew she is not her body, that she is infinite.  

Lily also told us that she  had been with me  before in other lives, and that her work with me is not over. She would be my guardian, very available to help me understand. She told the communicator that "All is OK, there is no need for anything to be different.."

It was a hard session to hear but it did help me understand  so many things, especially when to let go. Lily asked for gentle treatment, non invasive.  When things became more difficult, she wanted me to free her from her body.  That is how it played out.  The day she left us, she was no longer able to eat and was in noticeable discomfort.

I did call on Lily's spirit many times last year - to help me know how to care for  Minnie and Georgie.And when to let them go.  In life Lily was my buddy, my companion, always nearby, ready to help.  I talked to her all the time.  I still do. I mentioned in her tribute last year, (read it here)  that she was the epitome of unconditional love, mother love.  She was and still is.  Thank you dear Lily for sharing your life and lessons with me and for still being there for me until we meet again.

The quote I used on her tribute is even more appropriate  after all I went thru last year. - here it is again.

"When animals enter our life, we start on a journey filled with adventure, learning and love.  The animals reach deep into us and change us in ways that can hardly be described.  We grow in love.  And upon their leaving, we are lost, devastated.  Over time, we explore the story and see the meaning, and stand in awe of these remarkable beings.  What an honor they give us when they walk a part of our lives with us."
-- Barbara Janelle

Lily in front with Two Spot and Only

P.S. Several of you have reached out about my health.  I went to the doctor for my vertigo and she seems to feel it is allergy related.  It still comes and goes.  When it flairs up, I cannot use the computer or watch TV.  It is best to rest.  I have never had this before so it is taking some adjustment.  It seems to be lessening as the weather warms up so I hope to be able to be back online more.  Thanks for your concern.


Summer said...

What a lovely and profoundly spiritual tribute to Lily. Purrs to you.

Jason said...

So sorry to hear about your losses last year. It's always difficult but hearing from your pets through an animal communicator can really help can't it. It sounds like your cat was a great teacher and very wise x

Fuzzy Tales said...

This is an amazing and beautiful tribute to Lily, and to your ability to view life's challenges as spiritual lessons. Hugs and gentle purrs to you today, and always. We hope the vertigo lessens and goes away -- the biped's dearest friend has had vertigo for a few years, quite bad initially, but less so now. We can only imagine how challenging *that* is!

Peace and Blessings.

Mr Puddy said...

Me & Mom are leaking. We hope we can give you a hug in pawson
Lots of love

pilch92 said...

This is such a beautiful post. It gives me hope that my kitties are still with me in some way. I am sorry you didn't get to have more time with her, but in the time you did have her, she was so loved. XO I am sorry you are not feeling well, I hope the vertigo goes away soon.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Lily was, is and always will be beautiful in so very many ways.


Eastside Cats said...

Remarkable! Lily is such a wise personality, but even tho' she's still with you in spirit, doesn't mean you cannot miss her being in the now. I must ponder her words; we are in such a to-do with Chucky's health right now...maybe we humans need to step back and let him tell us how he views things. I too had vertigo, that the doc said was caused by allergies that we never pinned down, so I take a antihistamine every morning which keeps my ears from getting all fluidy. I dislike taking any meds, but being sick from the spinning is less fun. Hope you feel better soon.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

lily....hugs to your mom as she remembers you today; we are glad you were, and still are...always nearby. this post is amazing. we send get well best fishes to your mom ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ always~~~~~~~

Jans Funny Farm said...

Glad you are taking care of yourself. Vertigo is no fun.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

This is a beautiful post for Lily. Purrs and hugs to you on this sad anniversary.
I hope your vertigo improves.

Mariodacat said...

What a wonderful, beautiful tribute to a sweet looking kitty. I'm so sorry you had to lose her at such a young age. Sending you big HUGS.

Annie Bear said...

Lily is so beautiful. I really enjoyed seeing all her pictures.

My mom gets vertigo occasionally and she has to lie down when it happens. I hope it lessens for you.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What an amazing post honoring your beautiful girl. {{{HUGS}}}

Cats Herd You said...

Has it really been a year? You've had so many losses during that time. :( Sending you lots of purrs while you remember your sweet girl.

Brian's Home Blog said...

Yes, it's so hard to believe it has been a year, but we're glad she is watching over you. Take care of yourself. Purrs and hugs from your friends down in SC.

The Island Cats said...

As hard as it was to hear some of those things, what a blessing to be able to have this. Purrs to you on this anniversary. And purrs that you feel better soon.

Nancy said...

Thank you for posting this very moving memory of your beautiful Lily. It is a wonderful reminder of how our special animals never leave our side and continue to be our guides and teachers--even from the other side. Prayers and much love to you.

Saku said...

Such a lovely tribute for beautiful Lily. It is wonderful she has been able to help you find your way this year.

Sending my positive thoughts your vertigo passes soon.

Marg said...

That s so true. It is so hard to know about feral cats and whether nutrition in their early lives has anything to do with their health. I think it does. I have vertigo too and it isn'r any fun. I have always thought that it was from allergies. Advil helps a lot with it. Hope you feel better soon Cheri.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We can't believe it is a year since Lily passed over Rainbow Bridge. She was such a pretty girl and always looked so gentle and very cute. We know that you miss her so much. Take care.

Katie Isabella said...

I remember Lily very well. She was a beautiful girl and I know how special and loved she and all of your babies are. Their role in our lives and the very real love they give us in return for our love and care, is a precious part of having them. And it devastates us when they leave us.

Beautiful Lily. You were deeply loved.

Bernadette said...

Thank you for sharing your conversation with Lily. Those companion cats, your best friend beyond all humans and other animals in your life, are truly eternal, but that makes the loss of their physical presence even hard to accept, and sometimes spirit visits can be very painful when you feel their presence and all you want to do is touch them once more but you can't. They all stretch our boundaries and make us grow. Thinking of you and Lily.

Unknown said...

Very beautiful and moving. it was hard to stop crying. I hope you find out what's causing the vertigo and that it goes away soon! Thanks for writing so wonderfully about Lily.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

What a perfect and timely post. I share your belief system about animal communication and it's a blessing to have this added resource of insight and comfort.xoxox

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

This post/tribute/memorial is just beautiful! I sooo believe in animal communicators and I found this post to be fascinating. (((hugs))) to you

Ugh vertigo! I have flare-ups occasionally (mine is an inner ear thing) and it is AWFUL!! Praying yours goes away soon.

Love the new look to the blog too! xoxo catchatwithcarenandcody

John Bellen said...

I lost my Tungsten a year ago in March. It is still very hard to be without her, and it must be the same for you and Lily. I wish your lovely cat could have stayed longer but each day was a blessing, for both of you.

meowmeowmans said...

This is such a lovely and poignant tribute to your beloved Lily. We are glad she is still watching over you, and guiding you.

Purrs and prayers and good thoughts with regard to your vertigo. That is no fun at all.



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