There are many ways to process a loss.
On a beautiful Thursday evening, Gail took her two dogs, a large huskie named Max, and a small poodle mix, Minnie, for a walk. The two dogs enjoyed playing with each other. This time Max was playing more aggressively than usual with Minnie. Gail quickly attempted to pull Max away from Minnie and discipline him. However, Max was suddenly out of her control and attacked Minnie.
Gail managed to pull the two dogs apart. Minnie was lying on the ground. Silent. Still. Gail blinked in disbelief. She looked at Max and realized he had killed her little Minnie.
She watched it happen.
Can you imagine the horror of watching that?
The following day, Gail came to work and looked distraught. She was barely able to tell Ann, her co-worker, her story.
Anne felt so bad for her. She wondered what she could do to help Gail. What can I say to make her feel better? What can I do to let her know that I care?
Then Anne remembered her friend, Andrea. A few months ago, Andrea told her she was working on a gift box to give to people who have lost a pet. Anne quickly sent Andrea an email, told her the story, and asked how the gift box, called Parting Tails®, would work in this instance.
Andrea explained that the gift box is a beautiful way for Gail's co-workers to acknowledge her loss. It will also allow Gail to process her loss.
Gail was a mess. Anne wanted to give her something, show her she cared, and allow others to also show they care. The gift box via Parting Tails® thankfully was the inclusive, thought-filled gesture everyone was intentionally trying to find. The gift box included a note that everyone could sign. Once it was determined the gift box was the ideal gesture, Anne reached out to her other co-workers to see if they would be interested in chipping in a few bucks to buy a Parting Tails® gift box for Gail. Later that day, six co-workers chipped in to buy Gail the gift box, so Anne ordered it.
A few days later, the Parting Tails®gift box arrived, and Gail's co-workers gave it to her. Gail cried when her co-workers gave it to her. She opened the gift box and looked through it. She commented that it was such a thoughtful, caring, and wonderful gift.
There are many ways to process a loss of a pet, like Gail receiving a gift box from her co-workers. It allowed her co-workers to acknowledge her loss. And it gave Gail a way to honor Minnie. If you or someone you know is processing loss, consider a gift box filled with positive rituals, care, and love. Sometimes, the simple act of giving one of our gift boxes helps someone find a way of processing loss.
Thank you for reading,
Founder @ Robiins
Processing loss. One gift box at a time.™