For people who love companion animals and mourn their passing, there are animal chaplains. Not that animals are religious, rather to acknowledge a growing and graced awareness that they too are spiritual beings.
The good news is first of all bad news.
When his son died, Emerson looked hard at grief. He later recalled it as a shallow emotion, depthless and unreal. No stoic lives far from the fact that we are born to die.
Ultimately, nothing is mine, and everything I call “mine” is even now in the process of going back to where it came from. Spiritual maturity is our readiness to let go of everything.
Time is a thief. It robs us blind. I wasn’t born with glasses.