Getting Ready


As most of you know, our Georgia cat has been ill for some time. Two and a half years ago she was diagnosed with a menigioma. Now that she has lived far past all expectations, they tell us it is vestibular disease. She has been in kidney failure and getting more frail since the first of the year. There was never any doubt that this time this Christmas and New Years would be her last.

As we have come up on June, and the humans are traveling soon, the Woman decided Georgia was just too confused to stay around. She plans to help her to the Rainbow Bridge this Friday if Georgia has not gone on her own. Last Thursday when we made the home vet visit, we thought that we might be cutting her life short by a few weeks. As of today we are not certain that she will live until Friday. In fact, we don’t know that she will make it through the night.

Georgia has been failing quite quickly and distinctly in the past weeks. She can hardly climb stairs and has to pause and rest when coming into a room. About the only thing she really wants to do any more is sit on the Woman’s lap. Two days ago, she was a bit confused about food. Last night she wouldn’t eat her canned food (but went for some of her favorite human food)

Georgia was there when our cat Ingold crossed the Bridge. On his own, as he wanted. He fought the whole time though. It was a fairly traumatic crossing for the Woman and for Georgia who watched from a few feet away. We have worried that she might not be going because she is afraid. As it happens, Mom Robyn has been writing on her blog a lot and she wrote an article on crystals and fear.

We wrote to her about fear of death and cats. Mom Robyn was between Mini feedings and replied promptly to us with a long list of useful crystals ( most were different from the ones in her article)

gemgeoAs it happened we had four and we created a little ritual to help Georgia cross the Bridge. We started with our large rose quartz, which will help with transition. It is also a stone associated with love, so the Woman placed it at her bottom saying this is at the root, that everything is done with love. We want you to transition because we love you and we want you to know that it is safe. There are those who love you on both sides who will help you.

Then the Woman placed a fossil at one side and said that we would remember her just like this critter was remember in this fossil. It is changed but still the same, just as she will always be in our hearts.

At Georgia’s head, the Woman placed Apache tears and said that these tears represented the tears we would shed when she was gone but that that it would be okay because she would be at a better place. She would be at a place she would be healed (placing the final stone at her side, the malachite) because we couldn’t heal her body here.

Then we came back to the rose quartz and reminded her this was only done in love. That we just wanted to be sure that she knew she was very loved and very safe and the choices were hers–we love her no matter what.


  1. Oh well,
    we all are very sad Georgia is going to leave soon and yes we all have leaky eyes right now.
    Momma finds it hard to type right now… Mom Bonnie we want you to know that it is the wonderfullest gift we can think of what you do for Georgia and we hope she will able to leave in peace and be happy and without any pain and bothering in the new place she is going to be soon.
    We know she will always be loved and never be forgotten by her family. You all are blessed to be able to say goodbye this way – though we know you will be hurt a lot!
    Our heart goes out to you all and we send a huge hug to embrace you all with love!

    alla us!

    We will light one of Mom’s most favorite scented candles with thyme for Georgia all week!

  2. The rose is fairest when ’t is budding new,
    And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.
    The rose is sweetest wash’d with morning dew,
    And love is loveliest when embalm’d in tears.

  3. We are so sorry to hear that Georgia’s time to go to the Bridge is near – yet with such loving tender rituals carried out to help her passage – she cannot fail but to make a good and comfortable passing. We are weeping tears for Georgia, yet they are tears of joy too. She will have an end to the confuion and discomfort that has come to her with old age and illness and soon she will feel energised, young and fit again as she joins those friends and fambly members who have gone before.
    We send her our love and purrs, and wish her the sweetest journey. Goodnight sweet Angel. Love and ourrs to fambly too – you must all be feeling very sad at your forthcoming loss.

    Milo and Alfie and their Mom.

  4. We are so sorry hear that Georgia will going to the bridge soon. We were very touched to read of the rituals and loving care you brought her. Our thoughts go out to you.

  5. Dear Bonnie — We Ballicai and our Mom are sending much love to you and to precious Georgia. We will be purring for you.

    “Into The West” ~Annie Lennox

    Lay down,
    your sweet and weary head.
    Night is falling.
    You have come to journey’s end.
    Sleep now, and dream
    of the ones who came before.
    They are calling,
    from across a distant shore.
    What can you see,
    on the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea,
    a pale moon rises.
    The ships have come,
    to carry you home.
    Don’t say,
    We have come now to the end.
    White shores are calling.
    You and I will meet again.
    And you’ll be here in my arms,
    Just sleeping.

  6. We are thinking of you as you prepare for Georgia’s crossing. She has had a good happy life and now it is time for her to meet all her old friends. She knows she will always live in your heart. We wish her a peaceful crossing.

  7. We are very sad, we are purraying for Georgia and for you and all the family.

  8. how beautiful. Georgia has had a long and happy life filled with nothing but love. no matter how confused you feel she is, she will remembe that and know that everything is always done with love.

  9. That’s a wonderful, beautiful ritual for Georgia. You obviously love her so much and she knows it. We should all be so lucky to find our way to the Beyond with such loving rituals. I’ve been sending her Reiki and holding her in the Light to ease her transition when she’s ready to go, whichever day it is. Blowing kisses from me and the kitties. ~~Robyn

  10. The pet human is crying. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. We are purring and praying that Georgia’s passing will be easy for her and you too. We will light a candle for her today in our healing alter.

    Zevo’s sister, the Baby Pig passed on 3 years ago. I am sure she will be there to help Georgia. We are all connected. Georgia’s spirit will live on.

    sending love and healing thoughts
    zevo & family

  11. We are sorry to hear Georgia is not doing well…we purr for her and all of you as you prepare for her passing. We pray that her passing will be peaceful…

    Hugs to all of you…

  12. Sorry that you guys have to go through this. I’m sure Georgia knows that you love her so much!

  13. I’m sure that Georgia appreciates all that you have done for her since she got sick. Even though she is confused, she knows that you all love her and want to help her. You are doing something beautiful for her by helping her to the bridge and taking the pain and the confusion away. We will be purring and praying for you all.

    Tuck & Jen

  14. My mom has been preparing me for this since expected this was coming, but as you know even when you know the time for our friends to cross the Bridge is coming, it’s not a surprise, it’s the end of a long, happy and loving life…it’s still so hard. We think it is beautiful that you are doing everything to let Georgia know that she is loved and you don’t want her to be scared. We will be purring for all of you.

  15. Georgia will never forget all that you have done to help her move on into the next phase of her journey. You are truly wonderful people who have respected her life to the fullest. We will be thinking of you in the days ahead…

  16. Sweet Georgia, we will has the mom set up a candle and a prayer to Bast fer yoo today.

  17. That is a beautiful post. We’re so sorry that Georgia is doing so poorly, and we respect your judgement about the timing of the vet visit. That wss a lovely ritual that you described to help Georgia (and you guys). We’re sending our purrs to Georgia and to all of you,


    Gypsy & Tasha

  18. We is all leaky eyed right now reading your beautiful post. The hardest thing in life is saying goodbye and helping a precious furry over the Bridge. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Enjoy your time left with dear sweet Georgia.

    (((HUGS))) and PURRS

    Laila, Minchie and Mom Peggy

  19. Chey your human will do right by Georgia. Me and mum will keep you in our thoughts.

  20. Our eyes are leaking too much to type for long. We know that Georgia will go when she is ready, it has to be a scary but she will find the strength to cross over. Georgia, know that you will be loved just as much on the far side of the Bridge as you are on this one – not a day will go by that you won’t be in your human’s thoughts and heart.

    Purrs and Hugs to you all,
    Pearl, Bert and Jake (and Mom Amanda)

  21. Georgia,it is so wonderful that your Mom is helping you to get ready to cross over.With her help and guidance,we know you will be at peace and will not be afraid. We will miss you ,but we know you are going to a wonderful place to wait for your family.
    Your family loves you and want you to know it is OK to go.
    We will meet again.
    Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

  22. Oh goodness. We wondered when this day would come. You have all been blessed by Georgia’s continued presence in your lives for so long after her diagnosis. It is a testament to your strength and will to take good care of her, as well as her determination to stay with you. Our thoughts and purrs will be with you this week as you await Georgias crossing. We are holding all of you in our hearts.

    Meowm Rhonda, Junior and Orion

  23. We are sorry that this day has come, but we know how much you love Georgia and will miss her. It is good of your mom to help Georgia cross over the bridge. We will send our pug snorts to give Georgia the courage not to be afraid and the strength to cross over.

    Roxy & Lucky

  24. What a wonderful way to tell Georgia that is okay for her to go. We are sorry to hear the news that she is doing so badly, but we know that she will feel so much better when she crosses the bridge. We will be purring for all of you this week.

    Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

  25. I’m so sorry to hear about Georgia but what a beautiful getting ready ceremony! :'(

  26. The greatest gift you can give Georgia is a gentle passing. I think the crystals are a wonderful idea, and she will surely know she is surrounded by love and caring. We will keep Georgia in our thoughts, and hope she can also feel our comforting purrs.

  27. Vampy Vic says:

    I am so sorry that we can’t say a whole lot, momma gets very very tearful over things even when she knows it is with love and for the best.
    Please know that our thoughts and puurs are with you all..

  28. The hardest thing is when it is time to cross and you see it coming. Georgia is lucky she has you guys caring for her, and helping her when she needs it. We will be thinking about her this week.

  29. Thinking of you all and sending purrs that Georgia will have a peaceful passing to the Bridge, where she can play with my sister Hattie and all the other Bridge kitties.

  30. We’re purrin’ for you during this hard time. We will miss sweet Georgia.

  31. We know you will surround Georgia with soft love and help her transition be gentle. Our thoughts are with you…

  32. Poor Georgina and poor you. You are doing the right thing – but you don’t need us to tell you that. Purring for you all in this difficult time.

  33. Georgia is ready for the next step. We are glad to have known her, and thank you for letting everyone know she lived.

  34. Georgia, we are purring and praying for you in hopes that you cross the bridge in ease. You are well loved by your cat blogging community and us.

  35. Oh I’m so so sorry to learn that Georgia has been so ill. I hope her passing away is peaceful and you all find some comfort in this difficult time. I can understand how difficult this decision must be for all you guys. Hope you find strength in the times ahead. Sending lots of love, hugs and purrayers.

    Omer..Dad to Snow, Leo n Fairy

  36. We will keep you and Georgia in our thoughts and hearts.

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