Chris and Jimmy taking a break.
Jimmy the Cat, Editorial Supervisor
Welcome to Grief and Pet Loss®.
My name is Christine Jette (pronounced ‘Jetty’). Most people call me Chris. I am a retired registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I worked in a variety of clinical settings including public health (infectious disease), surgical oncology, recovery room, allied health education and elder care. Through the years, I have volunteered for the SPCA, a no-kill cat shelter and Drumlin Farm, part of the Massachusetts Audubon Society
I began writing about grief after the death of my mother in 2006. For 12 years I had a general grief site named thegrievingheart.info but I let it go because the old web builder that I was using could not be converted into a secure site. It was time for a change in style and an overhaul of the material. It was time to honor my lifelong love of animals.
The word pet comes from the Middle English word pety meaning small, trivial or insignificant. For centuries, pets were considered inferior to humans. For this reason, some animal rights advocates suggest that we eliminate the word pet from our vocabulary and use the phrase companion animal instead. But pet can also mean cherished, beloved and favored. It is in this sense of love and respect that I use the word throughout this site, but you will find the phrase companion animal, too.
Although my cat companions join me in city life, I also love dogs. I grew up on a large farm and Border Collies tended the flock. They were intelligent, loyal, playful and endlessly affectionate. I have had the privilege of knowing cats, dogs, horses, a pony, sheep, goats, cows, donkeys, mules, ducks, chickens, a turtle, parakeets, goldfish, and a rabbit. And so, to all creatures great and small, I say thank you for enriching my life.
I played the cornet in a large community concert band for twenty-two years. We stopped rehearsals for more than a year because of the COVID-19 state mandates. I have made the difficult decision not to return, but COVID-19 restrictions caused me to lose a year that I could have been with the band, making music for the joy of it. We all lost something.
I call Cincinnati my home and I share the ups and downs of life with my husband and cat named Jimmy. He appeared at my back door as a sickly stray kitten on my birthday twelve years ago. I opened the door and he walked into my heart. Best birthday gift ever.
I hope that something here rings true with you and helps to ease the way, if only for a moment. Take what is yours to take from this site and know that I wish you unexpected comfort through all the seasons of your grief.
Thank you for stopping by. Please visit anytime.
Why No Social Media Links?
The answer is time and privacy. I have no social media accounts and there are no Social Share buttons on this site. You are welcome to share content from GriefandPetLoss.com®, but I will never ask you to share.
Once you have lost time, you can never get it back. Active participation in social media takes too much time.
Facebook made its debut in 2004. Many other social media platforms followed. Sophisticated electronic devices can track everything about us now. Anything recorded or analyzed can be accessed. Not much is private anymore.
The one thing that I can manage on the Internet is the content of my own website. Because I respect the privacy of grievers, I do not use social media platforms.
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