Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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The Next Life

black cat in the sun in the garden
Mr. Sunshine takes time to smell the flower, not quite ready for his next life.

I have really beautiful memories of a really remarkable cat, especially from the past few months, even the past few weeks. Thank you for getting me outside to smell the flowers, Mr. Sunshine! I’ve loved every moment of our latest adventure together, even to this morning when we visited the sun on the deck.

Mr. Sunshine had the strength to manage his own multiple conditions to see each of his siblings safely off to their next life, and now he’s gone to join them.

He was extremely anemic, likely from an internal bleed in the splenic mass or his spleen itself. I knew at the beginning of the week that something was different this time. I’ve known since the new year that we didn’t have very long. I did get to bring him home before he let go.

I can’t think beyond this moment, so I will see you again some time soon.


Thank you for following our grief journey after losing three members of our feline family.

I hope sharing our experiences have helped you in some way, as sharing my experiences with you helps me.

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11 thoughts on “The Next Life

  • Elaine and Chai kitty (aka LannieK)

    Hi Bernadette, I am so sorry for your loss of Mr Sunshine. That is a wonderful photo of him ~ Sending love and lots of )))hugs(((

  • da tabbies oh trout towne

    we are truly sorry Mr Sunshine and send hugs and loves
    from all of us here in trout towne, and the food servizz gurl too
    we know st francis saw you safely to heaven, where you will
    start your tenth life, and we know how difficult this is for mom
    hugs and loves

  • Brian's Home ~ Forever

    Hugs from all of us. We know it’s never ever easy.

  • 15andmeowing

    Oh no! I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. XO

      • Cynthia A Vogel

        This was such a shock! I feel heartbroken! Mr Sunshine was my favorite! He will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to you and your Feline Family..Poor MiMi, surviving all her beautiful kids!

  • Tears and hugs and purrs for comfort.

  • Mollie Hunt

    I can’t imagine losing so many so close together. I’m happy to have seen Mr. Sunshine on our Zoom Chat. All my heart is with you.

    • Thank you. You know, just before Mimi and the kids joined my life, I lost five in 18 months. Mr. Sunshine and his siblings, and Mimi too, healed my heart from that. It won’t be so easy without them this time, but their love is still with me.


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