Hakim, my orange boy cat left his body at 2.20am this morning. He was 13 going on 14.
He remained soft and warm when I gave him one more hug before he left home for the crematorium.
Last night he listened quietly as I bless him with pomegranate leaves. He heard about all the good that he has done for me and all who knew him, and the names of people praying for him.
Then I assured him I will look for him again and he will never be forgotten.
At the crematorium he was surrounded by fresh orchids. A simple altar by a staff articulated the deep bond between human and animal.
I gave thanks for Fire’s cleansing and transformative power, and hugged my Sun one last time before he entered the Fire to merge with Light.