Sunday, February 18, 2007

Goodbye, Eddie.

My brother passed today at about 2:00 p.m. I kept him company while he rested on Mom's lap, and for the first time ever, he let me nuzzle him. I washed his face and his ears and I think he really appreciated that.

Sometimes when he or I used to get too close to an outside door when Mom was going in or out, she'd say to us, "What if you got out and then got lost? I'd be very sad! I'd have to put an ad in the paper saying Lost boy, mom heartbroken!"

I think that's how she's feeling right about now, losing her little boy after nearly 17 years. We're all very sad, so we're going to take some time away for awhile.


I'll miss you, bro.

91 comments:

  1. We are so sorry. Take good care of yourself.

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  2. Oh man...William, I am so sorry. I know your Mom is super sad and I bet you are, too. I don't usually get leaky eyes, but I think I just might now.

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  3. Oh, what sad news. Mum's eyes are leaking. Take care of yourselves. Lots of love and purrs to everyone.

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  4. William and family, my Mom and I are very sorry for your loss. May happy memories of Eddie be a comfort to you.

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  5. Oh, William, William, my deepest condolences on losing your brother. I know how sad your mom and you and Caroline must be. Remember he is now waiting for you all at the Rainbow Bridge, more bright and wonderful than he ever was. Will be thinking of us all in the coming days.

    purrs, Her Majesty the Tuxedo

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  6. KC said...

    o, William, i's jus heard. i's so sorry. all ur's fambly must be feelin so hurt 'n lonely right nows.

    my purr-rayers be wif u's, 'n those of Missy 'n Bear (who be 17 years old next week)... 'n my Mommie ML.

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  7. Oh William, this iz furry sad news. I know yoor prolly sad but yoo need to take care of yoor mommy cuz she'z going to need yoo so much more now. We'll say purrayers fur yoor fambly and take good care of yoorselfs.

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  8. Oh, we're so furry sorry to hear 'bout Eddie. We're sendin' purrs for all of you.

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  9. I hear the Shadowy Horses, their long manes a-shake,
    Their hoofs heavy with tumult, their eyes glimmering white;
    The North unfolds above them clinging, creeping night,
    The East her hidden joy before the morning break,
    The West weeps in pale dew and sighs passing away,
    The South is pouring down roses of crimson fire:
    O vanity of Sleep, Hope, Dream, endless Desire,
    The Horses of Disaster plunge in the heavy clay:
    Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat
    Over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast,
    Drowning love’s lonely hour in deep twilight of rest,
    And hiding their tossing manes and their tumultuous feet.


    - William Butler Yeats

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  10. Purrs and headbutts to you and your family William. That's very sad news indeed. Take care.

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  11. Oh...Sweet William. I'm so so very sorry...I wish there was something I could say or do to ease the pain you and your Momma are feeling over Eddie.

    Momma has her face buried in my fur.

    Godspeed little Eddie.

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  12. we're so sorry to hear this. we're sending you lots of purrs and cuddles. we gotta go get some tissues now. lotsa love to you and your family.

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  13. William and family, mom and I are way very sad over your loss. Mom said she know how your mom must feel. Our thought and prayers are with you. Rest well sweet Eddie and play hard at the bridge!

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss, William and family. I know it is very hard and sad. You all must miss him dearly. Rest in peace sweet Eddie. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. I'm so sorry, William. I know how badly it can hurt. You be a good boy and take care of your mom. She needs you very much right now.
    Linda in Oklahoma

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  16. Us all at the HotMBC just hearded and we's so furry sorry to hear this noos. We's sendin yall luv paws and soft purrs fur youre sadness.
    Luvs,
    Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi, and Gree

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  17. Oh William, we're so sorry. My Mom's eyes are leaking. She says you'll need to take especially good care of your Mom now and help her through the sadness. We'll pray for you all.

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  18. We was so, so sad to hear this news...not a dry eye in our house. We will keep all of you in our thought and prayers.

    Goodbye Eddie - God Bless :)

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  19. My condolences to you Tiny Boy and to your poor Mom. It is so hard to say goodbye sometimes.

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  20. I'm really sorry William. Mom's eyes are watering, she knows just how you feel. Take the time you need, and think of all the good times. It makes the pain worth it. Tara

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  21. So sorry......... We know there is a very empty spot in your Mom's heart right now. But memories of him will be there forever.

    Simba and Mom

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  22. William, we just found your site and to read this sad news. We are very sorry for your loss and your Mommy's loss. We know how your Mommy feels. We lost my sister a couple of years ago. It is very hard without them, so you you have to be there to help your Mommy.
    Shadow & my Mommy

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  23. Oh, William, I am so very sorry. I know that you and your Mom and Caroline will miss Eddie so much. Be especially loving to your Mom now, because she will need you to help her in her sadness. Try to remember all the good times you had together. That helps a lot.

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  24. William, I am so sorry for your loss. Remember that Eddie will always be with you, in your heart. Goodbye sweet Eddie. My eyes are leaking now, too.

    Pixie and I are sending many purrs to you and your family.

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  25. Oh William, May you and your family be comforted by your memory of sweet little Eddie and all the love and purrs of all your feline friends and people in the blogosphere and elsewhere.

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  26. We're sorry to hear the sad news about Eddie. If only love were enough to make him well. He must have had a great life with you.

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  27. William, we sent up some purrayers for our furriends Bear, Sam, Cher, Jackie, and Toonces to help Eddie up on the Bridge

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  28. WMD

    I just heard the news about Eddie. I am so sorry for you and your family. Just remember it is but a brief interlude and you will see your brother again. He simply went ahead and he waits for all of you.

    Purrs and purrayers...
    Efurryone from ManxMnews

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  29. William & family... we are sorry to hear of your loss of Eddie. We know there is one more angel kitty watching us from the Rainbow Bridge now. Purrs & purrayers....

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  30. We're so very sorry for your loss William. We know how hard it is to lose a loved one. Remeber the good times that you had together. Eddie had a good, long life and you know he'll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Poor little man. We're so sad for you.

    Pam, Rowdy, Bones, Sneakers, Buddy, Mookie and Binx

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  31. dear william, we are so furry sorry for your loss. we know you and your mom will miss him, and hope that your time of sorry passes quickly into a time of happy memories. we send you loves & soft headbutts.

    the meowers--nels, ed, nitro, & xing

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know Eddie will be missed so much, but he will always live in your hearts.
    Purrs...
    Bobbie and Bunch

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  33. William and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about Eddie's passing. Just remember, you will see him again at the Bridge.

    Luv, purrs and prurryers,

    Dazey
    Jesse
    Conner Cloud
    and their mom that Lives Here

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  34. So sorry to hear this news William. :( You and your mom have my condolences. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

    Many purrs and purrayers.

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  35. So sorry.

    ((((hug))))

    ~Roses
    "mom" to Shadow and the late Levi

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  36. We were so sorry to read this sad news.

    Many, many purrrrrss,
    China Cat & Willow

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  37. We're so so sorry to hear about your Eddie. We wish we could hug you for real, but we hope you feel the virtual hugs. It was nice that William and Eddie had such a touching moment yesterday and I'm sure you'll all remember that. We're sending comforting thoughts to you during this difficult time.
    Take care and know we are thinking of you and crying for you. I wish there was something else we could say but, we're sorry.
    Eddie knew how much you loved him.
    Your friends, Hendrix, Amy & Greg

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  38. We're furry, furry sorry. Eddie was loved and loved you all.

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  39. We are all so sad and sorry... We know how much Eddie was loved in your family, and you know he had a wonderful loving home for 17 good years. Mom's first kitty lived to be 19, and she's always said that even though 19 years is a good long life, it's still too short. Take the time you need to heal. We'll be waiting for you when you come back...
    --Jasper, Josie, Huggy Bear, Maggie (and our Mom and Dad)

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  40. oh no no no!!! Our mommas eyes is leaking big time. William, we is so furry sorry for your loss. But, 'amember, Eddie is at the Bridge, and Norton and Trixie and Ralphie haf prolly meeted him already and showed him around. Eddie will be watching ofurr you all the time. And MsWilliam's Mommy, Eddie will be waiting for you at the Bridge too, and it will be a wonderful, glorious reunion. Our mommy saided that it gived her peace that Norton, Trixie and Ralphie all ran off to the Bridge while she was holding and loving on them, so she hopes that it gived you peace too that you held Eddie till the end. We will be lighting a candle for Eddie tonight and singing for him.

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  41. We are so sad for you and your family. Mom is dripping as she types for us. Eddie was a good friend for a long time, and we hope you have lots of happy memories to comfort you.

    Purrs,
    J&B and their mom

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  42. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. It will be hard learning to live without him, but imagine what your life would have been had he never been there at all!

    Keeping you in our thoughts...

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  43. Our hearts go out to you, William; we're so very sorry. When your mommy feels better, would you ask her to email us with your address? We want to mail you a special memorial gift. And here's a poem our moms read whenever a special friend leaves over the Rainbow Bridge:

    The years I've worn you,
    warm upon my shoulder,
    ended here ...
    surprised to find us older.

    And there was nothing
    left to do today
    but hold you close
    and help you on your way.

    Be still, my little cat.
    Be well; be free.
    I know that you're always near,
    forever loving me.

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  44. Oh William we just heard over at the Meezers and came right over! We are so sad for your loss and mom sends love and hugs to your mom. You are in ur thoughts & prayers.

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  45. Evangeline & Lilliane send purrs to you all too - our treasured Othello was surely in the loving group waiting for Eddie at the Bridge. Our hearts and our People's hearts are with you both and your mommy.

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  46. Meowm and I are so sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. He is running free and well at the bridge and just waiting to see you all again. Purrayers and gentle headbutts coming your way.

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  47. Goodbye, Eddie...You will be missed! This gets us all choked up inside...

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  48. We are all very very sorry to hear of the passing of Eddie. I'm sure you and your mom are both pretty sad right now so I hope you can snuggle and comfort each other.

    Love,
    the 3 of us

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  49. ((((hugs)))) 'n' }}}headbutts{{{ 'n' {{{{purrs}}}} 'n' stuff

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  50. Dear William's mum, William, Olivia and Caroline.
    We were so sorry to hear about Eddie. We know how sad you must been feeling, but we also know that you will have many happy memories of Eddie's long and happy life with you. William, you will have to give your mum lots of purrs and snuggles to help her feel better. We are thinking of you and will look forward to seeing you blogging again when you have taken some time out. Purrs from me.

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  51. Purrayers, headbutts, purrs, and sandpaper kisses to you all.

    The Monsters and their Mom

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  52. Me and Mom are so sorry for your loss. It's furry hard to lose a friend and brother. Purrrrs and headbuts to you all.

    Gimli

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  53. We just heard the sad news. We are so awful sorry for you and your family and will light a candle tonight to help your sweet brother on his way to Rainbow Bridge.

    Purrs and sandpaper kisses

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  54. Me and Mom are so sorry for your loss. It's furry hard to lose a friend and brother. Purrrs and headbutts to you all

    Gimli

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  55. Sweet WIlliam (and fambly),

    We's sooo furry sorry to heer this. Owr thoughs and prayers are wif y'all. Momma's kitties-that-came-before us are at the Bridge to meet and play wif Eddie!
    ::purrs::
    ~Meeko, Kiara, Emmy, & Momma Becca

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  56. I am so truly sorry. I know how much it hurts to lose a beloved pet.

    Please take good care

    xxxx yao-lin & mao xxxxx

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  57. We are very sad to hear about your brother Eddie passing away. Headbutts and Purrs to you and your family.

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  58. William, we are furry sorry to hear Eddie passed over the Bridge. We know you all must be furry sad and your Mom is going to need lots of comfort and support. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending our purrs and foofs of comfort to you and yours ~Poiland Tribe

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  59. To William and family.

    Head butts and purrrs from all of us to all of you. It is amazing how short seventeen years looks from this end.

    I'm sorry.

    dan

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  60. William, we are verry sorry to hear that your brother Eddie had to went over the Rainbow Bridge.

    There will be a time apart
    And then a time to be together.
    But that next time you're heart-to-heart
    It will be forever.

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  61. We are so sorry for your loss, William.

    Maw likes this Native American saying in addition to the Rainbow Bridge. She says it applies to all beings:

    I'm Not Here

    Don't stand by my grave and weep
    For I'm not there, I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamonds glint on snow
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn's rain.

    When you awaken in morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circle flight
    I am the soft stars that shine at night
    Do not stand by my grave and cry
    I am not there, I did not die.

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  62. We are all so sorry for your loss. Like you said nothing but time will lessen the sting of his loss after seventeen years.

    Sending purrayers and headbutts to all of you.

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  63. Hi William,
    I got my own blog account, so I could send you a message today. I'm very sorry to hear about your bro Eddie... My best friend (Amy the rat) passed away in my mom's (not my real mom, but you know what I mean) hands a few years ago, so I know how you must feel. My mom was really sad, but I just kept looking around for Amy and wondering why she didn't want to take nap with me. Don't worry if you forget and try to find Eddie, as it will get easier eventually.
    We are thinking of you, and your mom.
    Snuggles,
    Sam.

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  64. Our hearts and thoughts are with you now surrounding you while you are sad about Eddie. Seventeen years is a long time to be wif someone and it'll take a long time fur that empty place to feel whole again. But don't worry, all you haf to do is think of him and he'll be there. And one day you will see him over the rainbow bridge. Now we has to go cry some too.

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  65. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. purrs and snuggles from yuki and kimiko. special prayers from momsbusy.

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  66. Janet with Angus & MishaMonday, February 19, 2007 5:03:00 PM

    This is Angus a black kitty just like you William. We all feel really bad for everyone at your house... we too signed up to let you know that we love your blog, and that me and MISHA (and our purrson) have been sad all day. Our Misha also has trouble eating, and is slowly wasting away... we've tried everything from baby food to fresh chicken. It's awful hard. Purrs from us

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  67. oh William and Williams Mom, we are so sorry to hear about Eddie. we will light a candle for him tonight to light his way to the Bridge and will say a prayer.
    -Edsel and Edsel's Mom

    William's Mom - we just get to love them for a short time. but it is a sweet time. memories are the best after the sadness goes away, and it will.
    -Edselsmom

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  68. Our deepest sympathies. We will pray that your heart begins to heal.

    Ann, Tocchet, Lemieux and Ariel

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  69. William, (and family),

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dear brother Eddie. Though he is no longer here in an earthly presence, he is still in your hearts, watching over you from the Bridge. Love never dies.

    Dee

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  70. Oh, Wm. I hardly know what to say, but we care. Bless you all.

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  71. I am so sorry. I know you will miss him and so will your mom. He was the oldest boy...
    Find strength in what is left behind.....

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  72. Oh William. Our hearts are with you and yer mom during this tough time. Just take comfort in knowing that Eddie passed away after living a long and happy life with you. Now, it's his turn to look after you and your mom for taking such good care of him.

    Love,
    Rosie, Cheeto and Kimberly (our lady)

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  73. Sorry about your brother, but you were a good guy at the end. That's something special. Lots of purrs and kisses to your mom.
    Cos.

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  74. we dust herd about Eddie and we is so sorry he wented to the Bridge. I fink I'd cry and cry for 489 or 23457 days at least if Angel wented to the bridge. You must be berry berry sad... We's sending you kitty hugs and if you can, you can give some away to your famly too, from us

    taz n angel

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  75. Oh no. We am so furry sorry. William, you & fambly am efun more in our purrayers. Take all the time you needs, we unnerstand & will keep checking in.

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  76. Oh, William. We know you and your mom and your sisters took the best care of Eddie. That was very nice of you to wash his face. I know Spot likes when I do that.

    We know you will miss him. Take care of your mom and the girls, and we will all be here when you come back. I have to go now cause Mom's squeezing me real tight...

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  77. We're so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying and sending headbonks to you. We'll light a candle tonight as well.

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  78. We are so sorry to hear about Eddie. Sending you purrs.

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  79. William I'm so sad to hear about eddie.I'm send you and your family Huggs and Purrs.

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  80. Mama and I are so sorry to hear about Eddie. We are sending lots of headbumpies and purrs your way.

    brandi and Carol

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  81. Oh William, this is furry sad news. We are so furry sorry for your family's loss. Purrs and headbutts to all of you.

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  82. Oh William that's soooooooo sad... please tell your family that we send all of our feline and canine love to you at such a sad time...

    Love,
    Bogart (and my 4 kitties, Sekhmet, Aeon, Behemoth & Kafka)

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  83. I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you guys.

    purrs to you.

    love,
    Mia

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  84. Wow. Mom cried quite a bit when she read this. I know there is nothing we can say to ease your pain right now, but I am glad for you that you and your Mom got to be there to comfort Eddie in his last moments and send him gently on his way. We are sending a lot of love and understanding your way.
    ~Mattingly, Harlie, and Mom

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  85. William, Caroline, Olivia and speshly Mom bean,

    We are so furry sorry to hear that Eddie had to go on ahead to the Rainbow Bridge. He was the Best Cat Ever and you were the best mom and fambly he could have wished for. Now he waits for you, happy and healthy, watching over you allways. He'll send you a rainbow when you least expect it, to remind you that he is never far away.

    Mom's favrit pome...

    Fragile Circle by Irving Townsend

    We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
    Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
    We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
    never fully understanding the necessary plan."

    Much love, purrs & hugs,
    Finny, Buddy & mom

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  86. I don´t know you... but I´m so sorry.

    A lot of purrsss with all my heart.

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  87. Purrs to you, William ... I'm furry sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. I know that you two were furry close. Certainly he appreciated your washing his face and ears.
    My condolences ...
    DMM

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  88. We are sorry to hear this news and we are sending furry hugs to you
    (this is from maggie molly and lucy, http://missmaggiemay.blogspot.com/
    we had to sign this way cause dumb ole blogger wont let us sign in)

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