Death Can Be Forgiven by Ginny Schmidt


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Cassie Garcia (Baby Girl) Schmidt,
July 25, 2004 – April 20, 2010.

My world just got a little smaller, a little less bright. I don’t know why you left, but I do know you had no choice. It was over quickly; one sharp cry and you were gone; I am so sorry if you were afraid or in pain for even an instant.

Sometimes, when someone leaves it is because they would rather be somewhere else than with you, but death can be forgiven.

There is a zero percent markup on this particular image, as I do not want to make any money from it. I just wanted to share with everyone who has loved and lost a furchild that they may be gone, but will always have a place in your heart.

UPDATE, April 2012
I cannot believe it is almost two years since Cassie passed, she is still so vital in my memory … the touch of her, and the sound of her purr. But everything comes to an end … even us. I still miss my little girl, but her leaving provided space in my life for a doggie, a dear little old thing who deserves a happy home. And Cassie’s friend Cricket, whom she bossed around, has blossomed into her own now and has become a sweet and loving kitty. The dog and the cat are friendly, not real close, but they are company for one another.

UPDATE April 2013
Anniversaries roll around inexorably, and life goes on. I still think about my lovely little girl and miss hugging her. Cricket is now older than Cassie was when she died, and is very sweet, but still wound a little too tight to enjoy much cuddling. Sweetee, the poodle/schnauzer/lhasa mix will be 13 this year and I believe may be losing her hearing, but she still looks spry as a puppy and her presence in my home is a comfort. A third critter joined the household in the form of a six-foot man who likes to cuddle more than either the cat or the dog so my little family is growing.
Death still must be forgiven, because it has to happen to us all. However, when we attach ourselves to another soul, and they leave us physically, it still brings a tear to the eye to long to hug them once more.


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  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    I know what it’s like Ginny, I share your sorrow. This is a fine tribute.

  • Thank you, Jim. It’s hard, but life does have a way of going on.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 4 years ago

    Yes a beautiful tribute. I’m sorry to read of your loss Ginny, but I’m sure you gave Cassie six wonderful happy years.

  • But, Georgie, it was the other way around.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • metaphysigirl
    metaphysigirlover 4 years ago

    I love this beautiful tribute, too. So sorry for your loss, Cassie looked like a sweet kitty.

  • Shelby  Stalnaker Bortone
    Shelby Stalna...about 4 years ago

    such a sweet photo, sorry for your loss

  • Thank you so much. It’s been three weeks and I am still pretty beat up about it. So unexpected.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • riata66
    riata66about 4 years ago

    Beautiful tribute and I know how you feel. So sorry…

  • Thank you, Karen. She was a beloved companion. It’s the price we pay, I suppose, for investing so much of ourselves into something we know we are going to lose eventually.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture and tribute Ginny … I’m so sorry Cassie had to leave ~ it’s very hard at first but hopefully as time goes on you’ll remember the her ways and smile :)

  • Yesterday was the one-month anniversary, and there are still more tears than smiles. I know in years to come I will remember her with joy instead of sadness, but not just yet.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Tash  Luedi Art
    Tash Luedi Artabout 4 years ago

    I am moved by your tribute. I too am a cat owner/lover. Beautiful photo.

  • Tash, thank you so much. She did make my heart smile.I have so many pictures of this little girl that I am reminded of her presence everywhere I turn. It’s been six weeks now since she passed, and the pain is not as sharp as it was, just a dull constant ache.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • mordechai
    mordechaiover 3 years ago

    I’ve kissed many a furry friend goodbye. My sympathy and undersanding..

  • Thanks. It’s been almost a year, but it still hurts.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...about 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much; she was an extra special kitty.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 2 years ago

    What a lovely little girl and I am so sorry that she is no longer with us.

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  • Thank you so much. I have other departed kitties to add, but Cassie was the most recent and so very special to me. Had it not been for her passing, however, I would never have met and adopted my lovely ten year old puppy dog, who is a wonderful addition to the household. Here’s hoping I won’t be posting pics of her here any time soon.

    – Ginny Schmidt

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