Friday, February 18, 2011

In Memoriam: Sam (1989-2011)

At 7:45 pm last night, our beloved grey-cheeked parakeet, Sam, passed away at the advanced age (for a grey cheek) of twenty-one. He died at home, in my arms, leaving this world with all the love and comfort Collin and I were able to give him. In the weeks to come, I'll be telling the story of Sam's long and surprising life here--through his eyes. I hope you'll continue to stop by. I think you'll enjoy the journey.

In the meantime, for anyone who has ever loved a creature companion of any kind, please feel free to share your own thoughts and memories.  Do all dogs go to Heaven, as a Disney movie once asked? I believe they do--as do birds, cats, hamsters, horses, lizards, etc. After all, when God saved Noah and his family from the Great Flood, they weren't on that Ark alone....

I received this from our very dear friend Carolyn Crowe, who was also a dear friend to Sam. It kind of says it all....

May I Go

Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days and endless lonely nights?
I've lived my life and done my best, an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond, and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first, I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now to a warm and living light.
I want to go, I really do; it's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid, because I see your tears.
I'll not be far, I promise that, and hope you'll always know,
That my spirit will be close to you wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me. You know I love you too,
And that's why it's hard to say goodbye and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time and let me hear you say,
Because you care so much for me, you'll let me go today.

by Susan A. Jackson

William also posted a blog in Sam's honor. Have a look:


  1. Oh, Norma, I express my deepest sympathy. I have lost many pets over the years. It just hurts so much, because of their unconditional love. I cannot wait to hear Sam's story through his eyes.
    And yes! They do go to Heaven. Read this: I actually met the man who wrote this. It has always given me great comfort.

  2. I'm about to cry again. I've lost pets and it's never easy. I've only ever witnessed one death though...the other times it was someone else who had taken the pet to the vet for it to be put down...but, the last time one of our pets had to be put down (Percy, my cat), I cried everytime I thought of him. That was weeks later. He was a special cat that had a personality all his own. He played hide-and-seek with us and talked incessantly. He had been a rescue cat when we got him...his previous owner took him to the vet to be put under because he "talked" too much...thankfully the vet declined.

    I send to you my biggest hug that I can send you and I've shed tears for both Sam and Percy as I write this. You did what was right for Sam. He didn't die alone. And, all animals go to heaven...I look forward to hearing Sam's story.

    P.S. I tried to follow, but it wouldn't let me...I'll try again another time.

  3. I'm sorry about Sam. He was loved by both of you, and he loved you right back. And you were with him at the end.

    Yes, animals do go to heaven. They do.

    With me it was a dog named Blackie, who slept under my crib when I was a baby like a guardian, and was there as I was growing up. One night she was run down while crossing the road. I still miss her.

  4. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. I'm so sorry for your loss. Give Collin a big hug for me.

  5. Norma, I'm very sorry about Sam. I believe that our friends of all species await us on the other side or Heaven or where ever the heck we end up.

    The God I believe in is fully in favor of Love and would not segregate us over a piddling detail like hair vs feathers.

  6. So sorry for the loss of your Sam. It's so hard to lose the pets we love so much.

  7. So sorry to hear about Sam.
    The quote below is I assume for a person but a loved one no matter the species is a loved one.

    Perhaps they are not the stars,
    but rather openings in Heaven
    where the love of our lost ones
    shines down to let us know
    they are with us.

    Eskimo Quote


  8. Oh, dear, dear Norma, I ache for you. My heartfelt condolences. I only met Sam recently, but he touched my heart. Such a sweet little guy. The God I believe in has a place in Heaven for all of His critters. Sam is there, on a cloud, looking down, singing for you and your family. Hugs!

  9. Very sad, that Sam flew away....
    Love your stories.

  10. Norma, so sorry. But to have lived to 21, Sam must have lived a very happy life with lots and lots of love.


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