December 11, 2019
MRH Middle Schoolers Hear From Author of Bilingual Book About Pet Loss Connecticut author Daisy Torres visits MRH Middle School.Daisy Torres lost her best friend and loyal companion in the summer of 2018. Lily was her 14 year old dog.
For Torres, a former Spanish language teacher and school administrator from Meriden, Connecticut, the loss was so great that she was moved to fulfill her lifelong dream of authoring a book.
"I'll See You on the Bridge" debuted in November and Torres' first book-signing Connecticut author Daisy Torres visits MRH Middle School.took place in downtown St. Louis last week at the Learning Forward national conference. There, she ran into Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School principal Mike Dittrich, who has worked with Torres for 18 months via a mutual professional educational program.
"I knew right away that I wanted her to come speak to our middle school students," said Dittrich. "I figured, I'll just ask her and the worst that can happen is, she'll say no."
"I was honored to be asked to come here," said Torres, who presented an hour-long talk in Eve Welge's foreign language class on Tuesday. She opened the discussion by asking each student to talk briefly about their pets.
Connecticut author Daisy Torres visits MRH Middle School."I'll See You on the Bridge" is written in both English and Spanish. Torres explains that the book's purpose is to help youngsters cope when a beloved pet passes.
"Pet loss is often not viewed the same as the loss of a human. However, for some, it can be even more devastating. The holidays are often a time of joy with family and friends. For others, this is one of the most difficult times of year, especially for those who have experienced a loss. The stages of grief are complicated and definitely not linear. Like grief for our friends and loved ones, grief for our animal companions can only be dealt with over time, but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain."
Torres outlines her coping mechanisms:
- Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel and don’t tell yourself how to feel either. Your grief is your own, and no one else can tell you when it’s time to “move on” or “get over it.” Let yourself feel whatever you feel without embarrassment or judgment. It’s okay to be angry, to cry or not to cry. It’s also okay to laugh, to find moments of joy, and to let go when you’re ready.
- Reach out to others who have lost pets. If your own friends and family members are not sympathetic about pet loss, find someone who is. Often, another person who has also experienced the loss of a beloved pet may better understand what you’re going through.
- Honor them. Preparing a memorial, compiling a photo album or scrapbook, or otherwise sharing the memories you enjoyed with your pet, can help celebrate the life of your bridge baby.
- Practice self-care. The stress of losing a pet can quickly take a toll on your emotional state, especially around the holidays. Spend time face to face with people who care about you, rest and exercise regularly to release endorphins and help boost your mood.
For more information about Daisy Torres and her first book:
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For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.