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Story of Josée C

Today, I share with you the story of Josée C., who has experienced multiple animal bereavements in a short time.

In January 1994 I adopt my first cat as an adult, in my first apartment. It was a little ball of hair that I nicknamed River, in honor of the actor River Phoenix. For the next 12 years she was my daughter, my confidante.

On February 25, 2005, I enter my job to find her dead in her blanket near my bed. At that moment, my world collapsed. I cried day and night. 1 month later, I feel the need to go get another cat.

I go to the SPCA and I come back with a little tabby cat, which I call Cleo. She was 10 months old. Unfortunately, history is repeated 4 years later. When she came in from work, she was dead.

New Experience

It was December 1st, 2009, I had sworn to no longer have a cat. But I redid the experience. 3 months later, I restart the adoption process for a refuge.

He was 4 months old and his name was Muschi. When he was two and a half years old, I adopted a calico cat that I named Mya.

During 6 years Mya, had health concerns, but in January 2017 it got worse. When the vet told me it was definitely a lymphoma, I was in shock, I fell down with Mya in my arms. I cried my life.

In the following months, I gave her cortisone, but due to lack of money, I could not afford other tests and treatments.


It’s April 12, 2017, the day of my birthday, it began to deteriorate. The following days, I was not sleeping, these urine became dark yellow. I went to see the vet, who made me understand that there was nothing more to do.

I did not have the choice to make the worst decision of my life. Euthanasia did not go well. She was suffering during the sedative, I took her in my arms, a promise I made for her last moment with me.

I calmly felt his heartbeat slowing down on my arm. The minutes, the following hours were very painful. My doctor had to prescribe anti-depressants. I do not have the choice to survive for my Muschi.

Even if the people around me told me to move on, that it was just an animal, that it is my mourning, that I have the right to live it. I had a tattoo in their honor.

Thank you Josée C. for your touching sharing. My sympathies for the loss of your precious cats.

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Brigitte Bérubé

Humanist therapist

Grief specialist

Brigitte Bérubé

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