Friday, January 24, 2020

Pet Loss

Sweet Boy Tommy

Sweet Boy Tommy

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”– Irving Townsend

Tributes to Cherished Companions

We love our pets as members as our families and miss them dearly when they are gone. As one who has never lived without animal companions in my adult life, I understand the pain of losing a pet. I am sensitive to your needs, and can offer many options for creating a ceremony to celebrate your friend’s life.

Sometimes we must make the decision to help our sick or very old pet die. If this is to occur, you may wish to have a gathering so that friends can say goodbye, and I can support you in this difficult decision. I can create a ceremony to be held a day or two before euthanasia, or at the actual time.

Perhaps you may wish to have a ceremony at the time of burial, or ash scattering later. Whatever you decide, we can create just the perfect way to say farewell to your friend.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

An email from Lisa, for whom I conducted a Memorial Service for her dog, Molly. It was such a sweet time, concluding with a tree planting over Molly’s ashes.

“It was so wonderful. Perfect, and sincere, and loving, and humourous. Thank you for your attention to detail, and really understanding the essence of Molly and my relationship with her (and Missy’s too!) Thank you again for giving me and Missy, and all of Molly’s fairy dogmothers a wonderful way to say a happy goodbye to her.”

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