June 5, 2009

When Grief Comes

Whether you've had a pet companion for one week, six months or 15 years, it hurts deeply when the time comes to say farewell. When my husband Jim and I released our precious little Sappy boy to God in Heaven, it was devastating. Euthanizaton was the most difficult decision we ever had to make in our lives. But thank God for our faith and hope! We know that all of God's creatures are in His care, and that He is in control of everything.

If you find yourself grieving the loss of a faithful furry friend, please know that you are absolutely not alone. Jim and I organized a group for pet parents in need of support. We started the group gatherings in September of 2003, a little more than one month after we lost Sappy to bladder cancer. The group has been meeting since then. We even organized a special candlelight service to pay tribute to our furry friends. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. We usually hold this event in early December. This year will mark the 7th year. We look forward to celebrating Sappy again, along with hundreds of other animal friends at the event.

This year's Tribute to Tails will be offered on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about our support group or Tribute to Tails, please contact us at (210) 216-0920. We are here for you!

Thank you and God bless you,
-Jim & Julie Wiley

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