Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

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

Let Your Love Grow

April 25, 2014

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  Helen Keller

Your beloved pet has passed away, you chose a private cremation so you have your pet’s ashes and you are wondering what to do next. How do you memorialize such a special relationship? There are so many options and decisions to make and your mind is so overwhelmed with the grieving of your loss, it is difficult to know what to do.

“Let Your Love Grow” is a relatively new option that many people are unaware of when  making decisions about memorializing of their pet.  “Let Your Love Grow” provides the opportunity to have a living memorial of your pet, by using the cremated ashes of a loved one to nourish the plant.  A common misconception is that cremated ashes can be used by themselves in the ground, under or around  a new or existing plant or tree, and that the ashes will help the plants grow.  On the contrary, the cremated ashes on their own will not allow for the release of the nutrients which as in the pet’s ashes.  Instead of nurturing plants, the untreated ashes will actually harm surrounding plant life.  The high pH of cremated ash does not allow nutrients to become available for plant life; additionally, the high sodium (salt) content of cremated ash can harm plant life.  “Let Your Love Grow” is a specially formulated organic mixture that lowers the pH and dilutes the harmful sodium (salt), as well as releases the nutrients from the cremated ashes. Regular soil and potting soil will not do this.  Using “Let Your Love Grow” is the answer to creating a living memorial.

Creating a living memorial is actually a very simple process.  Here are the steps:

1. Select a plant appropriate for your climate and situation.

2. Mix the appropriate amount of cremated ashes with “Let Your Love Grow” (we at Rolling Acres will help you with this; both the amounts and mixing, if you desire.)

3. Plant this mixture along with your chosen plant.

4. Water in abundance to keep plants healthy.

In the grief process, many of us want to have something we can touch and see to remind us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us of the one who is no longer here and keep them close to us. Nothing could ever replace that life; however, selecting a plant or tree for your home or garden is a wonderful way to cherish and celebrate the special bond you have with your pet. A plant or tree is a living memorial – a way to express love that has not ended with death. the circle of life is continued when nourished by “Let Your Love Grow” and the cremated ashes.  Something extraordinary truly happens as it becomes a living symbol of the special life you shared.

 

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Let Your Love Grow

 

 

Catkins

March 6, 2014

Every once in a while you realize that life is more than meets the eye, and following your gut instinct is the right thing to do.  Why adopt a mother and entire litter of kittens one might ask?  Time is the true storyteller, since none of us “really” has a crystal ball.

In September 1999, when Nancy Piper adopted a mother cat and her litter of five kittens that had been dumped at a country veterinarian clinic, she not only saved six lives, she wove a legend of the “catkins” over their lifetimes.  They were dubbed the “catkins” because the kittens grew up to be cats and the Momcat was still with them.  The momma cat was very undernourished and could not nurse them during the first three days.  Then suddenly, she began to care for them.  Nancy wondered how she was going to place five kittens, but people began to step forward when they heard their story.  The “Momcat” was named Eileen.  Momma Eileen was a “grumpy cat” at first; ready to bite, or scratch, sometimes drawing blood.  She most likely had a trust issue; however, she grew to be the “sweet-grumpy” girl we loved.  In time, her periods of grumpiness grew shorter and her times of happiness and “kitty smiles” grew longer.

The “catkins” had distinct personalities.  One of the girls was so sweet, she immediately found a forever home.  Four of the kittens found their forever home at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  Glory is a beautiful calico and Ginger is a gorgeous tortoiseshell.  They are both very shy.  They have become more social as time goes by, but still defer to their safe place when they feel the need.  Slowly, they have become more outgoing and expanded their social territory.  We are so proud of how far the girls have come socially.

Timothy was full of energy with an “in your face” attitude.  Nathan was calm, laid back, with low energy and most likely thought that Timothy was a real pest.  This wayward family has brought many memories to Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The braided root three strand Ficus Tree now has only one trunk remaining with a few scratches and holes in it.  This tree still stands in our lobby as a tribute to the survival against overwhelming odds.  No Christmas Tree stands upright during the holiday without some outside help.

Sadly, 2013 has been the year the family chain was broken when Timothy became ill on May 9th.  He was affected by a physical condition that could only be repaired by a very risky surgical procedure that came with high potential for complications.  It was decided to allow him a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia rather than subject him to pain and misery of surgery with uncertain results.  Our Eileen was also taken to the vet many times with no diagnosis when she was off or did not act like herself.  It was finally decided that she had cancer in her abdomen/chest cavity.  She was having so much difficulty breathing and once again within 30 days a difficult decision needed to be made to allow her a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia.  However, she died naturally after being given just a sedative to relieve her discomfort and the decision was made for us.  She left her body on her own and crossed the rainbow bridge.

We are ever mindful of the joy animals bring to our lives.  This wayward family of “catkins” brought more than joy; they brought a sense of family connection through their journey of sharing their days with us in life and in death.  Tim, Eileen and Nathan were comfort cats, providing many a person with a warm furry body to love on one of the worst days of their lives.  There is no greater blessing than to have walked the journey of life knowing that you have improved the life of another.  That is what we desire to do with each and every being that comes through our doors.  It is our hope to provide the promise of a caring hand to help their hurting heart.

Momma Eileen and Chris          Timothy

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