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The circle of life. (warning)

FiatLux

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Such an intense and shocking loss amidst an already difficult situation. Grief eventually loses its rawness but lingers always. May your grief ease over time and your heart know how appreciative we all are of how you have shared so generously of your honesty, wisdom and care.
 

Nikomania

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I am beyond gutted to read about your beloved birds, your wife's struggles, and how much pain and despair you've had to endure. I am so extremely sorry, John. Your birds were such a huge part of your life. My heart goes out to you.
I can't even wrap my head around your loss.
 

Greylady1966

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John, I'm so sorry for your wife's injury and your loss. I've followed you since I joined the forum four years ago. I admire your passion for birds and the articles you posted trying to help others. Please know I'm thinking of you both.
 

ncGreyBirdLady

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1695415894879.png Oh John,My heart hurts knowing what you are going through.My thoughts and prayers are for you and your wife 1695416276474.png
 

BeanieofJustice

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I'm so sorry to hear this. Words cannot really express how sorry I am to hear what happened. My thoughts go out to you and your wife.
 

JLcribber

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One last picture along with a prayer given to me. :hug8:

I’m (We're)Still Here

I perched by your bed last night
I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying,
You found it hard to sleep.
I whistled to you softly
as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you,
I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast,
I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times,
your hands reached up to me.
I was with you at the shops today,
Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels,
I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today,
You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you,
that I'm not lying there.
I flew with you towards the house,
as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my beak on you,
I smiled and said "it's me."
You looked so very tired,
and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know,
that I was perching there.
It's possible for me,
to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty,
"I never went away."
You sat there very quietly,
then smiled, I think you knew
... in the stillness of that evening,
I was very close to you.
The day is over...
I watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless,
I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you
to cross the brief divide,
I'll fly across to greet you
and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you,
there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out
...then come home to be with me.

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April

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One last picture along with a prayer given to me. :hug8:

I’m (We're)Still Here

I perched by your bed last night
I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying,
You found it hard to sleep.
I whistled to you softly
as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you,
I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast,
I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times,
your hands reached up to me.
I was with you at the shops today,
Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels,
I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today,
You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you,
that I'm not lying there.
I flew with you towards the house,
as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my beak on you,
I smiled and said "it's me."
You looked so very tired,
and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know,
that I was perching there.
It's possible for me,
to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty,
"I never went away."
You sat there very quietly,
then smiled, I think you knew
... in the stillness of that evening,
I was very close to you.
The day is over...
I watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless,
I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you
to cross the brief divide,
I'll fly across to greet you
and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you,
there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out
...then come home to be with me.

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Aw John you made me cry with the beautiful prayer(it made me think of Nala) and the picture of your two precious Angels and their flockmates who are waiting for you always until yall meet again. They were all so so lucky to have you as their dad,no birds were ever more loved and cherish and they knew that every day.
 

Clueless

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Tears here too.

When we bond with our feathered dudes, we bond. While my heart breaks for you, I know their lives were so blessed to have you to love them.

Because of them, you have given back to this community with your knowledge, wisdom, humor (unique at times), and your awesome creative talent to create things.

Prayers up for you and your wife.
 

Icey

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John you make me cry every time I see one of your posts.
That was such a beautiful poem, and so touching. You had an amazing bond with them all; especially Tika and Amanda. They will never be forgotten. You have had so many beautiful stories of them that you shared with us. They will be the core of so many unforgettable and beautiful memories for you.
I can just picture Tika and Amanda sitting on your shoulders as you sit making one of your beautiful toys, waiting patiently to try it out.
They may be gone in the physical sense, but I believe they are with you spiritually.
Please take care of yourself, and I hope your wife is recovering from her ordeal. God bless you both. xx :sadhug2:
 

Teckechick

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I am just now seeing this. I am so so sorry John! I am in tears for you and your family! :sadhug2: All I can offer is internet hugs and healing thoughts to be sent your way. I am so very sorry for your loss!
 

sunnysmom

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I will read the poem when I'm not at work. Two sentences into it and tears were already forming. I don't want to be a sobbing mess. @JLcribber my heart continues to ache for you. I wish I had some eloquent words but I don't unfortnately. I do believe your birds will always be with you, and that my Sunny was there to greet them at the rainbow bridge.
 

Tony’s Mom

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John,

You will see them again. Even though their bodies are mortal, their spirits live on. I pray and send positive energy your way. May God bless you and your departed Friends and Wife…nothing but the best!!!
 

Wthensler

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John,

I am just reading this (through many tears) and I just wanted to pass on my sincerest condolences and support. I’ve also loved and lost; I know your loss is unimaginable and I wish there were something I could do to ease your burden.

We have all deeply appreciated your stories and pictures through the years.

Please take comfort in knowing you are the best parront ever on this site, and that we all grieve with you together.

William
 

Tony’s Mom

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Dear John,

Could you please share what brand your bird’s room air purifier was?

After my research on AvianAvenue over the years I’ve became aware that many members here are using Rabbit Air and that is what I’m using right now. Minus A 2 I believe it’s called. Thank you.
 

Kassiani

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Such a beautiful poem, John! Tears here, too. All I can do is send more hugs for you and your wife. You are in my prayers.
 

Cassiopejaz

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My eyes teared up when i started to read everything that happend!


I sending my Sincere condolances and Prayers to you and ur wife!
and also some hugs!
 

Tony’s Mom

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@JLcribber

Could you please tell us as a lot of us have air purifiers what brand was yours that took fire? Think of it as saving a life. I am very scared by your post as we have an air purifier and it’s called RabbitAir. Please just name the brand.
 
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