Poem to Ease Pain of Putting a Friend down

bethdipalmaJune 12, 2008

Here is a poem that I discovered for a friend who was devastated that he would have to put his best friend down. He was inconsolable that he wasn't doing the right thing even though Bear was in the final painful stages of bone cancer. He could only remember the good days when he looked at his dear friend, and not the creature who now lived in tortuous pain. This poem helped him make the decision because he knew it was out of love that he would take Bear on his final vet trip.

IF IT SHOULD BE

If it should be that I grow weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,

For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand.

Don't let your grief then stay your hand.

For this day, more than all the rest,

Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years.

What is to come can hold no fears.

You'd not want me to suffer so;

The time has come -- please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend,

And please stay with me till the end.

Hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see

The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve -- it must be you

Who had this painful thing to do.

We've been so close, we two, these years;

Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

--- Anonymous ---

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oakleif

What a beautiful poem. Of course the tears have come. I had to put my dog to sleep 5 years ago. A really heart wrenching decision, but it had to be done. He was ill and old and in pain.Wish i could have had this poem to keep. Thanks for posting it.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 8:31PM
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gabro14

My goodness. What an unbelievable touching and sad poem.
Thank you for posting.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 9:12PM
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jojo1964

Came across this poem last evening after Ruby (My beloved Teddy Head)pictured had another breathing episode putting greater strain on her already weakened heart. Dear Ruby, we did all we could, medication wasn't helping, we loved you too much. Rest peacefully under the rainbow in Doggy Heaven my faithful baby. We will miss you so much. Mam, Dad, Toni, Tadgh, Shadow and Sparky xxx

Thank you to whoever originally posted this.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 3:49AM
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