Now it seems like the day is rushing by. The connection between time and the clock has slipped a cog.
But, how do we do that when we see someone we love is aging? Or when they've been given a life-limiting diagnosis?
Whether it's a human or a pet, it can feel like life just slipped a cog.
In the case of an animal companion, it could also be that our life has changed and we have to give up our pet. Same thing: big loss. (Stay with me here. I know that there's a history of shaming people who can't keep their animals. Please set that aside for now and hold some compassion for those in situations where rehoming is better for the animal than staying, or necessary for some other reason.)
When we learn that our life is going to shift, what can we do to cope?
My best advice is to look ahead and be as realistic as you can be. This year for the Daylight Saving Time change, I noticed that there's a shift from "You'll lose an hour of sleep" to "Start preparing in advance." Great idea! Earlier to bed for a couple of nights in advance.
In coping with an impending loss – death or otherwise – prepare for the practicalities and start preparing your heart. You've done this before. Think back to other big changes and remember what you did then.
Get extra sleep and eat right. Collect memories to hold in the future. And consider attending a support group where you can share your sorrow with others who understand, and learn new ways of coping.
May you always hold fond memories of those who have graced your life.