Death of a Rabbit.

My rabbit died two days ago. I know many people would think that mourning a life so small is silly, but that’s okay, I’m going to do it anyway. I’ve lost a lot of pets over my lifetime, naturally, and I’ve lost quite a few people too, but for some reason this one is hitting me really hard. I’m normally the type to cry once when I first find out someone has passed, and that’s about it. Sure, I’m still sad, but death is inevitable, and I’d rather just be glad for the time I get to spend with people while they’re still here.

This one is different for some reason. Perhaps because she was my companion through some of the most difficult moments of my life, always there with an inquisitive look or a loving nuzzle. Or perhaps it’s because she was so small, innocent, and sweet, and the deaths of small, innocent, sweet things seem somehow more tragic. Or maybe, just maybe, I’ve just lost too many people and things in the past year, and this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I guess it doesn’t really matterΒ whyΒ her death has impacted me in such a way, because the end result is the same regardless.

I don’t feel silly for mourning her death. She gave me several years of companionship and comfort, I can give her a few days, or a weeks, or whatever is needed. If that’s silly, well then someone find me some clown make-up.

I know I’ll recover and let go eventually, and I’ll be able to just appreciate the time I had with her. I know everything will continue on much as it has been. I suppose this post is really just to say: Rest in Peace Blob, I liked you more than I like most people.

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” -Albus Dumbledore


57 thoughts on “Death of a Rabbit.

  1. Sorry to hear of your loss… Rest in peace Blob. She’s a being that has passed on that meant a lot to you. Mourning is a natural part of loss… However small or great others deemed that loss… Mourn on…

  2. Oh my! I’m so sorry for your loss!
    I think it’s totally okay to be hit hard now and then – it’s the absence of feeling in the same type of event that worries me.
    Please look after yourself!

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss. I don’t find it silly at all. She was a living creature, and the passing of life is sad. Pets can give so much comfort that it would be impossible not to miss them and mourn them. When they pass, I like to think their spirits are now with the stars, and I can look up at them and smile.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss and I understand how you feel, they aren’t just our friends but our family, at the same time they teach us to cherish all the moments we have before it passes by.

  5. The grieving you wrote about in your post sounds absolutely understandable to me. One of my dearest friends has a wonderfully attitudinal black cat who nevertheless has a sixth sense for showing comfort and support when she needs it, which has been often during recent years. I have marveled at how intuitive this little guy can be at times. Your rabbit obviously had some of those qualities as well.

  6. When we lost our dog, we made a little shrine of all his favorite things and kept it up for a while. I like to do a ceremony, too, thanking the animal for its service. I think people who think it’s silly to acknowledge the significance of a death are probably just uncomfortable with death. Hope you give another animal a home.

  7. Many moons ago my roommate and myself had a pet rabbit, Boris Wolfgang Von Rabbit. If you sat back in a recliner he would hop up on your chest and plunk down on your sternum, that to make it easier for you to pet him. If he was on the floor and you put your hand down he would hop over and nudge your hand up so he could be petted. He was cool, so I understand your feelings. Anyone who loves animals and has pets knows the feeling.

    1. Blob’s favorite time was my daily yoga routine, because she liked to run up and nuzzle my face or snuggle up against my neck whenever I was on the floor. Cheers to Boris, and rabbits in general:)

  8. Sorry to hear about your loss. Animals are some of the greatest friends a human could make. Unlike humans they have unconditional love. I know it may sound crazy, but my dogs have taught me important life lessons.

  9. I’m saddened at the loss of your friend. There are no small souls, just small beings. I cried when my two elderly mice passed away within a few months of one another… And they never did anything for me other than be cheerfully curious whenever I walked by.

  10. Aw, I’m so sorry to hear of your pet’s passing. No life is too small, especially for fur babies! Don’t feel silly for mourning her; feel grateful to have known her and having been her human instead. I’ve got a kitty going through stage 3 kidney disease that she’s been battling for almost 18 months now, and I’m dreading the day I’ll have to say good-bye. I’ll hug my Molly for your Blob, and ask that my late kitties Mauser and Tink watch out for Blob in Fur Baby Heaven. *hug to you too!*

  11. I’m so sorry, Sara! You shared a special bond with Blob, and physical death cannot take that away. Sending prayers and healing energy to you . . .

  12. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My pup Molly is getting on in life, she is over 10 years old now and I dread the day she leaves me. She has been with me through very dark times including when an ex cheated on me and depression, she has always been there with a snuggle and a lick to comfort me.
    I think it is very natural for you to be so attached to her and to miss and grieve her. She was a being, she was a life and her life should be remembered and celebrated by those that loved her πŸ™‚

  13. So sorry for your loss. Losing those little souls that are our companions and the two way unconditional love is totally different to losing humans. Love to you and Blob wherever she is now on her journey.

  14. It’s not silly at all to mourn the loss of a pet, do we not mourn the loss of a person who’s dear to heart? Pets aren’t any different. They may not speak but they still convey love through cuddles and purrs. I’m sorry for your loss and I hope you’re coping well, Sara. [:

    1. Thank you, the initial shock is beginning to fade now. It still hurts, but I know it will get better with time and I’ll be able to think of her with happiness :).

  15. We can relate, Sara and send condolences. We have an ageing much loved cat, one who gives far more than he receives, and are not looking forward to the inevitable…

  16. I’m so sorry about Blob, and there is absolutely nothing silly about grieving for a pet. I even cried when my mice and hamsters died… they all have personalites we learn to recognize and love. When their lives end, it hurts.

  17. I’m so sorry, rabbits are just like any other Pet and feeling grief is natural. I took mine to a nature reserve so he can have the space he needed to grow to full size. I miss him every day, but I know he’s happy where he is. She has peace, wherever her happy bunny soul decided to hop.

  18. hello sara roethle its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am sorry to heer that yore bunny went away!!! menny yeerz ago before me or tucker or trixie or eeven the aynchent kitties trouble and pooh bear my mama and dada had a pet rat naymd feathers hoo wen they got the kitties went to live with my mimmier and pippier and pippier espeshly stil gits kind of sad wenever ennybuddy menshuns feathers she yoozed to ride arownd in his pokket or on his hed so she wuz like pippiers speshul pet!!! eeven the smallest kompanyun is trezhured as mutch as the biggest wun!!! we send yoo lots of tail wags so yoo feel better!!! ok bye

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