How very, very sad for you both, Scott. I knew he was frail but had no idea the end was so near. You will miss your beautiful boy, but he has had a wonderful life with you, Mark and Doris (and lately Oliver and Ruby). He was a fortunate cat indeed to have had such a loving home. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
It hurts, it really hurts! There is a black hole in the center of you that once was filled with love, laughter and joy. A void, only filled with emptiness. You will sob for days, and just when you think you’ve shed your last tear, you chance upon a memento and the tears flood again.
Finally, one day, you accept your emptiness and your eyes become as dry and barren as your heart. “I’ll never, NEVER replace him “ you state vehemently, which of course you cannot.
Eventually, you’ll be able to talk about the happier times you shared and you’ll find yourself in the unusual situation of being able to laugh through your tears, just when you thought you’d never laugh again.
Allow yourself to cry. Holding back the tears will only stuff all that emotion inside, flooding tears will cleanse the soul.
Focus on things that make you happy. Sometimes we forget to fully appreciate the beauty around us, until we are forced to think about what we’ve lost.
Take time to share an intimate minute with someone you love. Spend additional time with Oliver and Ruby they will make you laugh and cry tears of joy!
Scott & Mark I’m so sorry to hear that Dear Orlando has passed on. He was such a beautiful boy & very lucky to have led such a fortunate life with you. He will be with Doris now & together they will watch over Oliver & Ruby. My love & thoughts are with you. R.I.P. Lando pando. xxx
I’m so sorry to hear of Orlando’s passing….I know exactly how you and Mark would be feeling right now. Orlando was so very lucky that you chose him to come live with you both and he even had the opportunity of travelling overseas – Yes, he sure was treated like a Prince.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Orlando. I really enjoyed your 85th birthday tribute to him and it’s nice that you have those pictures to trigger fond memories of him. He did look quite old and frail in your last pictures…glad that you could keep him going as long as you did. RIP, dear Orlando.
I’ve been thinking of you both all day.
My friend Sandy, as soon as I saw her today, said that she’d popped on here and saw that he was gone. She said she’d miss seeing his blog posts, especially the “That is all” sign off.
He will not soon be forgotten.
By: dancingwithfrogs on January 6, 2011 at 7:22 am
It seems fitting that he got to meet Ruby and Oliver before he left. He was a lucky cat with a long life and humans who loved him, plus people who knew him through your blog, you shared his specialness. Thank you for that.
It was good to know you Orlando. x
I have been away for a week or so, and this happens.
I have lost my two cats of 14 years each; the loss was devastating, the pain like no other, so I completely emphasize with all the emotions you are going through. I am very glad to see a pouring out of support here for you. I it a comfort I hope knowing you are not alone in the loss and sorrow.
Hi Mark and Scott.
I’ve been away from your blog for the last couple of weeks or so, and I checked in today because I was wondering how Orlando was getting on.
I’m so sorry to hear about his passing, and my heart goes out to both of you. I know it’s been said before, but he *was* an amazing cat.