The scene outside my window is awash with yellows and greens. Up the trail are more, with a few crimson maples here and there. And the firs keep on keeping on.
If you were to collect some leaves and fir branches, what could they represent about the pets in your life? Those with you now, and those who have gone.
Would you choose a leaf for each animal companion? Larger or smaller. Brightly colored yellows or reds. Rich browns. Smooth or crinkled. What would each leaf represent? What stories would they bring to your mind and heart?
Or would you choose fir and pine boughs to represent the love that will stay forever in your heart? Then perhaps choose a leaf to represent each special time you've had together?
What would you say to your animal companions, past and present? What would you write down in their memory? Would you create something to keep, or would you let it go back to nature when you were done?
Autumn begins one of my inward times of the year. Part of my self-care – so I can continue to do this work – is to honor that need for quiet, stillness, introspection as the Northern hemisphere goes quiet and still. Like the Earth, I am honoring the fallow time to "compost" my experiences into "nutrients" for Spring and Summer.
I'm still available for those who are coping with end-of-life situations and grieving deaths and other losses – of humans and of companion animals. If I can help you, or if you want to find out how my services could be helpful to you, please do contact me.