Rusty DuBois

Don’t Grieve For Me

Don’ grieve for me, for now I’m free; I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much; good family, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seems all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, He set me free.

My brother Rusty DuBois went to be in Heaven this morning at 9am. My entire family is grief stricken like you would not believe. I couldn’t be there when he passed on and I find it hard not think “does he think I didn’t love him?” “Was he scared?” “What happens now?” I know I can’t beat myself up but I am a “What If?” person. The thing that makes an animal dying worse than a person is that you can not tell him what is wrong, what is happening to him or what will become of the situation. My dad has been laying with him at the vet twice a day since this happened and he said he can not bear to look Rusty in the eyes one more day, to see him suffer and not be able to fix everything for him. I do believe Rusty was loved more than any other dog I know and his life was happy but that doesn’t make this any easier.

We love you Rusty and you can not imagine how much you will be missed.


  1. MissPriss
    July 31, 2010 / 6:35 pm

    I'm SO sorry for your loss. Losing your `pet really is like losing a family member. You and your family are in my prayers!

  2. Becky
    July 31, 2010 / 6:50 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Elisha
    August 1, 2010 / 3:59 am

    I read the 1st two lines of the poem and was in tears. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  4. Jillian Carter
    August 2, 2010 / 5:46 pm

    Nicole, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Rusty. It is such a difficult thing to accept. We recently had to say goodbye to our 18year old Ginger and I still can't talk about her without tearing up (including right now…)I'll be thinking about you and hope that time helps heal your heart.Jillian

  5. Bonnie
    August 8, 2010 / 4:57 am

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Being an animal lover myself, I can't imagine losing my doggies 🙁 You just can't take life for granted…human or animal. I'm glad he lived a long, happy life.

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