Hello talk budgies. My son asked me to share our sad, sad news that our beloved Spiral passed away last night after a valiant fight with ongoing illness. We are truly broken-hearted, and will miss our precious feathered friend. We learned so much from him, laughed so hard, and loved much more deeply than we ever imagined we could. We believe he is waiting for us in heaven, and that we will see him again, healthy and happy.
Many of you took time to guide and support us on our path of budgie companionship, and prayed for Spiral in his times of need. We are truly grateful for all of you. We are so thankful to have known Spiral, to have loved him, and to have had the trust and love of such a small, beautiful, funny and wise creature.
Again, thank you all. I would appreciate your prayers for my son- he is devastated. They were together constantly- there is such a sad void where a little bundle of joy used to perch. I know you all understand. Again, thank you all. This forum is a very special place. Blessings to you all!
Awww...heartbreaking to hear that little Spiral has gone. Prayers for your family, especially your son. I agree with you that Spiral will be waiting for you in your father's house, and i hope that knowing that will help ease the pain and emptiness his leaving has brought...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
My deepest sympathies for your loss.
I will definitely pray for your son.
I'll lend you,
for a little while, a bird of mine, He said.
For you to love while he lives,
and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."
Thank you both so much. My son loves that poem- we will read it tomorrow when we lay him to rest. Thank you both for the confirmation for him that others know what he's going through and care! This is one of the few forums he actively reads and cares about, and it was important to him to post.
Please accept my deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Praying for your son and for your family as I know only too well how deep grief can cut you.
Spiral was so lucky to have such a dedicated family who loved him dearly and I know he is now watching over you until you meet again.
You guys, thank you so much. I know you understand- Niamh, we've read a lot of Noah's cute and funny posts lately, and feel like we know him! I'm having one of those moments, so I have to take a moment and share my thoughts.
I know many of you here are true experts and bird lovers. We have always loved and cared for our wild bird friends. I have had a lifelong passion for birds- reading about them, watching them, making lists, feeding them. They amaze me and touch my heart in a very particular way. My son inherited this to an even greater degree. I've seen him charm wild birds into extended conversations, and yell out the name of a new species at our backyard feeder without having to look it up. We've spent afternoons watching our backyard feeders- we often do our lessons in our sunroom, where we can quietly observe as the day goes on. On vacations we track down roseate spoonbills and endangered burrowing owls, and the best part of any zoo is the aviary. At our local pet shop, the owner is a bird enthusiast, and has lovingly cared for our family on our journey. Alex knows all her birds by name and spends time with each one when we visit. She is convinced he will be an avian vet one day.
Spiral was our first companion bird, and I thought I had done my research and knew what was coming. I was SO wrong. I love animals, but you guys, that bird related to our family in a completely different way, and on a different level. I swear he had a very well developed sense of humor! He had all kinds of games he thought were hilarious, and would do them over and over until he got Alex belly laughing. I would not have thought it possible, but it's true. Many of our family and friends who had never been around birds were amazed when the saw the interactions. When Alex was sad or quiet, he would settle down and "roost" as close to his cheek as he could get, occasionally looking over to preen Alex's "feathers". He always greeted us with "How you doing, budgie buddy?" If something got him really tickled he would laugh (Dee Dee Dee Dee!) or say, "Budgie buuuurrrnnn" which never failed to get Alex tickled. How on earth do you say goodbye to that? I'm an adult, and I feel like we've lost a family member- I can only imagine what Alex is going through.
Our precious vet had him when he passed away, trying to stop his seizures. They wrapped Spiral in a soft cloth, and tucked him so that Alex could stroke his back feathers and say goodbye. They placed him in a white box, wrote his name, a heart, and taped a beautiful blue feather to it. It was so kind and respectful.
I know in my heart Spiral won't be our last bird, but he will always be the best. He was an ambassador, a friend, and family: he was our flock.
Thank you all for listening and understanding. You have our deepest gratitude.
Spiral will always be with you in Spirit and will be watching over Alex as his Guardian Budgie Angel until the day when they meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.
Just as you were blessed by having Spiral in your lives, so was Spiral blessed to have you to love and care for him.
Spiral was a beloved member of your family and I know how difficult saying goodbye can be.
If you need or want to talk at any time, please feel free to contact me via Private Message.
Please accept my deepest Sympathy. Spiral sounds like a beautiful bird... Remember him with loving memories hold him close to your heart.. I know how hard it is as I have been through it when I lost my Buster I loved him so much.. Your tribute was really touching... Made me cry..
Spiral had a wonderful loving family to care for him.
Spiral you were my sweet little one
You were sent down from God's heaven sky's to me
I have no idea why
you were the sunshine of my life
you were so special to me in every way
You would run around
and play each and every day
When I came home you flew over to me
from Across the room you looked up at me
from your short little world she sees
Our unforgettable love will remain forever
Spiral You are my sunshine of my heart in every way
Last edited by LynandIndigo; 01-08-2016 at 11:15 PM.