Sparky by Linda M. Goodman / Love Your Broken-Heart Mommy

How Long Will The Pain Last?
To My Beloved Big Boy Sparky
How long will the pain last?” a broken

hearted mourner asked me.”

All the rest of your Life.” I have to

answer truthfully.

We never quite forget. No matter how

many years pass, we remember.

The loss of a loved pet is like a

major operation. Part of us is removed, and

we have a scar for the rest of our lives.

As years go by, we manage.

There are things to do, people to care for,

tasks that call for full attention.

But the pain is still there, not far

below the surface.

We see a face that looks familiar,

hear a meow that echoes, we look at a

photograph of our beloved pet, see a

landscape that once we saw together, and

it seems as though a knife were in the

wound again.

But not

so painfully. And mixed with joy, too.

Because remembering a happy time is not

all sorrow, it brings back happiness with it.

How Long will the pain Last?

All the rest of your life.

But the things to remember is

that not only the pain will last, but the

blessed memories as well.

Tears are proof of life. The more

love, the more tears.

If this be true, then how could we

ever ask that the pain cease altogether.

For then

the memory of love would go with it.

The pain of grief is the price we pay for


My Beloved Sparky you Left Me Too Soon

And your passing Broke My Heart


I Love and Miss you My Big Boy,
9, Aug 1988
Linda M. Goodman