I am so sorry for your loss, Julie. There is nothing harder that losing a loved one. It has been 5 years since I lost Jasmine. All of the love I gave her was transferred over to Cody — her little Maltese buddy. Then, last year I lost him. It was devastating and a worse loss than Jasmine because he took her place and helped me through the grieving process (and he grieved with me). I am still not over either of them and never will be. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think of them. Isn’t that all anyone could ever ask of their existence — to be remembered each day and loved and missed forever by those who knew you?

It is tough and you are going through a hard time, I know. I’d like to say it gets easier and it does…sort of. I take comfort in knowing how much I loved them and remembering all of the smiles and laughs they each gave me. That helps…some. The best thing I have found that helps is simply time. I wish I could offer more, but these words and this article is the best I have to give.

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