This is the sweetest-saddest thing you’ll see this week. You need to make sure you have some tissues close by before reading this obituary. Sallie Gregory-Hammett, who lives in Greenville, South Carolina, recently shared the obituary she wrote for her sweet golden retriever. She posted the obit on social media and it’s gone viral.
Charlie, the sweet dog, passed away earlier this month at the age of seven, after a five-month battle with lymphoma. Sallie’s sweet tribute to her dog helped her channel her grief. And her loving words hit home for so many others that have lost pet babies. She wrote of Charlie’s love for many things, and his hatred for stairs. Charlie was remembered “being good at a lot of things, but was best at unconditional love”.
Having lost two of my own fur babies within the last two years, this hit home for me. I still tear up when I see pictures of Max and Gypsy. I love my pups Mollie and Kramer, but Gypsy and Max will forever hold a piece of my heart. Gypsy was with me from 8 weeks until she was almost 16 years old. Maxwell was with me for 11 years. The pain never goes away, it just subsides when you lose a pet.
Originally Gregory-Hammett planned to publish the obituary in the local newspaper, but due to cost she instead decided to share it with just family and friends, and created a mock newspaper article. The article was soon shared online, racking up more than 100,000 likes. Sallie says that the best part of all this has been the replies from others who have lost fur babies. It is comforting to know that others truly understand your grief and know what you’re going through.
Here’s the entire obituary for sweet Charlie. <3