I thought about the first time I lost a beloved pet many decades ago.
I still feel the loss in my heart but the sharpness of the pain has softened over time.
Yes, I still miss my childhood dog, Prince. But now the memories of him joyfully flutter around in my mind and bring a smile to my face.
Compared to the grief I feel right now after just losing one of my senior kitties, Lilly, there is a huge difference in the level of pain.