If you need moral support or someone to discuss your concerns with regarding pending surgery or a terminal illness and/or possible alternatives, including animal hospice options and euthanasia,
for your pet, I will be there for you. If you decide to care for your
terminal pet at home I can help assist you and to help you come to terms
with the impending death of your animal companion. If you need to
euthanize your pet I will stay with you (and your pet) during the
procedure (if you desire this). If you are unable to bear being with
your pet while the euthanasia is being performed, I can stand in for you
so your pet will not be alone, but will be held and comforted.
Pet Loss Support Group: None are being offered at this time. If you are interested in attending a support group please contact me.
If you need emotional support during the surgery of your pet at the Animal Hospital or Clinic, I will be there for you. Suggested Donation: $50 per hour
If you need emotional support during and/or after the euthanasia of your
pet either in your home (preferred) or at your Animal Clinic or
Hospital, I will be there for you.
Suggested Donation:: There is no suggested donation. Please give what you can to the "Helping Paws Fund."
Pet Funeral/Memorial Services
When you have lost your beloved pet I can conduct a non-denominational
ceremony customized according to your beliefs and needs; adapted to
include specifics and personal stories about your pet. Services may be
held at the time of burial/internment, cremation, or on the anniversary
date or at any other scheduled time of your preference. Children are
encouraged to attend and, if possible, to participate as much as age and
comfort level dictate.
Suggested Donation: $95 (includes a copy of the service)
Blessings & Prayers
Offered at any time for the well-being and health of your pet and
yourself, as well as, a loving caregiver. Please see the "Prayer" Page
to include your pet on this site. Suggested Donation: NONE
Spiritual Support & Counseling
- During times of stress
- When coping with the process of your pet's death
- When contemplating euthanasia for your pet
- When coping with the grief process after saying goodbye to your beloved pet
- To help children cope with their feelings during a pets illness or death Suggested Donation for Counseling: $55 per hour (Appointments usually held in your home, but may also be held at mine)
Often when we are confronted with the
death of a beloved pet, we often aren't able to think very clearly. This
is part of the grieving process. I am here as a resource if you need to
discuss animal hospice options, burial options, finding a pet cemetery,
finding a place to purchase a coffin or an urn for our beloved pet's
ashes and to work with you during the grief process. Remember, if you need assistance, I'm here for you.
I am also available to speak to
groups about the roll of an Animal Chaplain; the stages of grieving and
how the stages in the grieving process are the same no matter what loss
NEW SERVICE PROVIDED:
Animal Hospice Support
If you would like to discuss this option for your terminally ill pet,
other than euthanizing him/her, I can offer you counseling concerning
the Hospice Support Team (you, your pet, your veterinarian, your
veterinarian assistant, volunteers and spiritual support/the animal
chaplain), and helping you to decide whether or not providing hospice
care is a viable option for you, your pet and your family.
If you decide to provide hospice care for your beloved pet, I will help
you determine whether providing care in your home is an option or assist
you in locating a veterinary clinic or animal hospital that is willing
to do so. I will also assist you by being an advocate for you when
discussing this option with your veterinarian. If you decide to provide
your pet with hospice care I will meet with your veterinarian to discuss
how his/her team can best help your pet have a quality of life and
support you during this most difficult time.
Please note that Animal Hospice care is a relatively new
alternative. Many veterinarians have not been trained in providing this
kind of care and support to their clients. Having been involved in Human
Hospice for many years and increasing my knowledge base concerning
Animal Hospice issues (e.g., Attending the First International Symposium on Veterinary Hospice Care
that was held at the University of California - Davis Campus, UC Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine, Spring of 2008). I am ready to help
assist veterinarians in showing them how they can be part of this
Training for "Certified Animal Chaplain," (if ordained), or "Certificate of Completion in Pet Bereavement," (with ordination requirement waived). Please see further information under the Certification Training Tab.