Posts Tagged ‘funeral homes’

A Time of Thanks Forever and Ever and Ever

November 4, 2014

And God asked the feline spirit

Are you ready to come home?

Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul

And, as a cat, you know I am most able.

Are you coming then?  Asked God.

Soon, replied the whiskered angel

But I must come slowly

For my human friends are troubled

For you see, they need me quite certainly.

But don’t they understand? Asked God

That you’ll never leave them?

That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?

That nothing is created or destroyed?

It just is….forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,

Replied the glorious cat

For I will whisper into their hearts

That I am always with them

I just am….forever and ever and ever.Stanley in plant6

Pet Memorial Day – September 14, 2014

September 26, 2014

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It was a beautiful day with blue skies and a gentle breeze caressing our faces.  There were so many folks in attendance; we brought out extra chairs for those who wanted to sit during the ceremony and blessing of the animals.  We thank our many friends who were able to attend and for those who could not be there, we were with you in Spirit and Prayer.  Although, National Pet Memorial Day was held at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens and other special events across the country on September 14, 2014, we can memorialize our pets any day of the year.  Creating a special memorial for your pet can be as simple or elaborate as you desire.  It is personal preference and what ever is meaningful to you.  Included are a few suggestions, should you desire to create your own personalized memorial for your beloved pet.  Anything you decide to do should meet your special need to express your sorrow over your loss and share your feelings while paying a tribute to the special bond you share with your pet.

If you like to write, create a special poem or story about your pet. It can be in the form of an article, song, letter, obituary or eulogy sharing your feelings about saying goodbye to your special pet.

Share verbal stories and let others know it is okay to talk about their feelings about your pet.  It is better to keep the memories alive rather than act as though nothing has changed.

Place a small clipping of fur, feather, or teeth in a small container or locket.

If your pet had a special skill or competed in events, create a memory book, shadow box, or make a wall hanging from the ribbons.  Some people make quilts or pillows from the ribbon fabric from the pet’s winning competitions.

Decorate a candle or candle holder and light it in memory of your beloved pet.

Write his or her name on a balloon and release the balloon.

Donate a  book to the a local library in honor of your pet.  Please the pet’s name on the bookplate inside the front cover of the book.

Children need to express their grief also.  Create an art corner where they can draw pictures, write stories, or just talk about their memories of their pet.

Have a professional artist create a painting of your pet from a favorite photo.

Have items imprinted (watch, mug, notepads, t-shirt, etc.) with your pet’s photo.

Purchase a stuffed animal or statue that resembles your pet and put your pet’s collar around its neck.

There are many ways to memorialize your pet.  Check out these webpages for more ideas.

http://www.visitrollingacres.com

http://www.lovinghearts.com

http://www.pet-loss.net

http://www.dogtime.com

http://www.vetstreet.com

Choices and Options for the Final Responsibility

June 20, 2014

HealingWe have choices and options available to us when the time comes for our Final Responsibility to our loved ones.  Believe it or not, there are choices of firms that will provide services for the afterlife care of your pet.  You do have the right to request burial and  either private or communal cremation.  These are topics most people do not like to think about until the time comes, however, it is worth the time to plan ahead.  It is your final responsibility to your beloved pet.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, lots of questions.  Ask enough questions so that you can rest assured you are going to get exactly what you want when the time comes.  Ask a veterinarian, search the Internet, or look in the yellow pages for Pet Cemeteries and/or Crematories.  Why shouldn’t we have rituals for our deceased pets?  The pet parent has the right to plan a visitation, memorial service, or funeral service specially designed for them.  Discussing this before and making selections of services and/or urns helps us feel some sense of control in a situation where we feel a great loss of control in loosing a loved one.

Many people, in fact, most people leave their pet’s body at the veterinarian’s office.  They experience a lot of stress and grief wondering about what happened to the body.  Some people do not want to ask, as they are afraid of the answer.  None of us want our loved ones to die, but we all realize it is inevitable.  Most people are not aware there are options in caring for the deceased pet’s body in a respectful and dignified manner.

The best time to start is early on in your pet’s life.  Feel free to go and visit a facility to see if you like the people that work there and are comfortable with them handling the final arrangements for your best friend and beloved companion.  It is best to investigate before you actually need the services and are in an emotional state of mind.  Most people feel better and enjoy their pets even more knowing they are prepared and have trust in the facility and people who will care for their pet in their time of greatest need.  Making a prearrangement plan helps alleviate some of the stress of experiencing the grief of the loss of a loved one.  With a plan in place, all one needs to do while grieving and hurting is make a phone call, knowing their treasured companion will be handled according to their wishes.  The promise of handling their pet during this time with compassion, dignity and respect helps ease the pain of the loss.

Yuletide Greetings

December 27, 2013

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Where does the time go!  Our first year anniversary in the new Pet Memorial Center was December 21, 2013. The year has been filled with many memorable moments. We welcome the community to share in the beautiful grounds and the new Pet Memorial Center. 

We continue to hold monthly grief support meetings the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 until 8:30pm.  We welcome anyone who would like to attend.  Sessions are relaxed, comforting, and beneficial to anyone moving through the journey of grief and healing.   

Our first scheduled grand opening on March 24, 2013 was snowed out!  It was rescheduled for Memorial Day weekend.  On Sunday, September 8th, National Pet Memorial Day, we commemorated the lives of our beloved pets and celebrated our 40th Anniversary.  The event included a blessing of the animals and a tour of the facility.

Saturday, December 14th was our first annual Holiday Celebration of Life.  The facility was filled with family and friends of our pets in a special walk down memory lane dedication, officiated by Nancy Piper, President, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The evening included honoring memories and sharing stories for our pets past and present. A memorial table was setup to honor our special companions. Many attendees brought a picture, framed or unframed, to place on the table and made personalized ornaments and filled the Christmas tree with the wonderful warm spirit of love and peace in honor of our pets.  There were refreshments and a special candle lighting ceremony.

Our loving, compassionate Care Team members stand ready to assist you with any of your needs.   We wish everyone a blessed holiday season!