My Cumba (16yrs) is gone 09/18/11

by Marcel
(Quebec, Canada)

His spot by the window

His spot by the window

His spot by the window

Cumba came into our lives with his brother Simba. We had them both. Simba was ill and put down about 5 years ago. I have been trying to heal my sadness since our Cumba passed away less than a week ago.

I hope by writing this memorial it will help me to release the sadness and bring me happiness with the memories he has given my family. The days go by and I feel the same loss as the day it happened. He passed away surrounded by the love of my wife and I and my 2 daughters. My 2 daughters were not there when it happened but before and afterwards.

He was beautiful, loving and dependable to our family. I could not ask for a better companion who always gave us unconditional love. He had his favorite spots in the house, laying on the bay window ledge looking outside or sleeping at night on our pillows by our heads. I think he waited for us to arrive home from friends before passing.

I felt I needed to be strong for him and gave him comfort and love with many, many tears. I was petting, kissing and rubbing his head and back to make him feel as much comfort I could give. Surprisingly he purred. Shortly after he was gone. I thank God he did not suffer long. We buried him in our backyard.

We knew he was ill but did not have the finances nor guarantees needed for us to help him and the fact he was 16 years old. He had been losing weight and not drinking much but still had an appetite. We changed him from dry food to soft food thinking he would get some form of fluids. We knew the day was coming but didn't know all the emotions that came with it.

He is and will be dearly missed. My heart feels imploded and my stomach empty. I miss him so much and can't stop thinking of him. I Love You Cumba!

Comments for My Cumba (16yrs) is gone 09/18/11

for my daddy
by: Anonymous

I loved Cumba and he was the best cat ever! From your daughter

by: Mary

Your Cumba was so beautiful, obviously well-cared for & loved. You did all the right things to ease his passing. It was his time to go to the Rainbow Bridge to play & wait for his family. It is never easy to be parted from a beloved pet and my heart goes out to you and your family.

many thanks
by: Marcel

Thank you all for your postings. It helps a lot. I really felt much better this weekend since I wrote this memorial for him. Thanks again. It was very much appreciated.

For Cumba !
by: Ethel

marcel and Family , This is for you ! Sad but all in all may make you ALL feel better !

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

~ Author Unknown~

Oh I'm Sorry ..
by: Ethel

Marcel , I'm so sorry I kept refering to Cumba as a SHE !! HE was beautiful ! For some reason , as I looked at the picture my brain said SHE ? Oh Heck , what's the difference THEY ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL , HE OR SHE ! >^^

Tears for your Furbaby !
by: Ethel

Marcel and Family ,
I am so sorry for your loss . I know the heartache you and your family are going thru .. Wow ! 16 years , what a beautiful long life she had with you .... I can tell just by reading your letter how VERY loved she was ! And She knew it ,don't ever doubt that ! As a cat rescuer I've had to feel that pain too many times to count . But I made a promise to ALWAYS be the last face and voice they heard ....Some of us are Blessed enough to experience the unconditional love that only animals can give . Are we lucky or what !!! I have my guy Tommy ,who is only 7 yrs old , dying of Congestive Heart Failure .. He is on Lasix and heart meds but each day that goes by ,I know he is getting closer to the Rainbow Bridge ..... Although I have 9 others , I am giving him extra love everyday ! With only ferals I save ,not many last long , but the amount of time doesn't matter ,it's the Love and caring you give . Some never have one day of Love ,so just keep in mind that Cumba had 16 years of LOVE returned ....In her honor ,go save 2 more furbabies and give them the LOVE only Special animal lovers can . Please save shelter cats .Because when you buy a cat ,another dies in the shelter!My Blessings to You and your Family ! Don't fret , remember Simba is there waiting for Cumba and you'll see them one day too .....

by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to you.
About grief, something I heard recently that really rang true: "grief does not poss or diminish, we just learn to live with it"
I know that Cumba's loss will have left a huge cat-shaped hole in your life & your heart. Put aside your guilt & recriminations, they will help no-one; and we can only change the future, not the past.
Rejoice in the love & time that you shared, celebrate & cherish his memory; accept that it was time for Cumba to go, regardless of whether or not you were ready to lose him.

My heart goes out to Cumba's family
by: Teresa


My name is Teresa and I too am a cat lover.

My heart goes out to you and to your family of the passing of your beloved Cumba.

Just remember the great memorable times that you all shared together like the time when you meantioned that Cumba would wait for you to come home.

The pictures that you shared in your memorial letter of your cat is very presious.

Your cat's soul will always be close to you and to your family.


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