Posts Tagged ‘memorial gardens’

Caring for the Homeless and Their Pets – Need Food Now

July 25, 2014

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What could be more unfortunate than for someone to lose everything, but their beloved pet, and find themselves in need of help to keep their companion animal, often the only family they have left?  Pets provide comfort and companionship to the homeless.  Many homeless situations are temporary and the family is in need of help in the short-term in order to keep their pet(s).

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens is proud to support the Uplift Organization where their main goal is to assist the homeless, including their pets.  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets seeks donations of pet food, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, towels and pet beds.  If your pet has outgrown a collar or leash, has a diet change and you have an open bag of pet food you won’t use, or one your pet doesn’t like; just tape up the open bag and bring it to Rolling Acres.  Your donations will be distributed to the homeless in the community.

Our volunteer coordinator from Uplift Organization says their shelves are overflowing in December.  She wishes people would recognize the need throughout the year, especially during the months of June, July and August as the need is just as great in the summer as it is in December.  The shelves are currently almost bare.  We need food NOW !!!!

In September 2001, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets started soliciting contributions for homeless people’s pets, either pet food or money for pet food.  This was after it came to Nancy Piper’s attention that many homeless people also have pets.  Some of their concerns are food for their pets, veterinary care, and the afterlife care of their pets – the same as ours!  Collectible items such as blankets, towels, and clothing is needed, as well as pet food. If you have anything to donate, just bring it to Rolling Acres and we will deliver it for you.  In 2013, with the generous and overwhelming assistance of the community, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets provided 6,112 pounds of dry pet food, 391 cans of canned pet food, cat and dog treats, as well as pet beds, pet carriers, toys, collars, leashes, pet brushes, and combs to Homeless Peoples’ Pets.  The need for this support has been increasing in recent months.  Rolling Acres thanks the public for their help in this year-round project.  Uplift Organization is the primary benefactor of the pet food and supplies.  We also supply the Red Cross with pet food.

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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.

Memorial Day – Memories from beginning to middle to end –

May 17, 2014

 

Eternal Memory

Most people when they add a pet to their family often only think about the exciting beginning.  They look forward to many years of companionship (the middle), but rarely consider the last days of their pet’s life with them.  As we share our life journey with our pets, there are ten tips to consider for the end stages of life with our beloved pets.

1.  How will you know when it is time to euthanize your pet?

2.  Should you stay during the euthanasia?

3.  What are your next steps?

4.  You may ask yourself, “do others feel as emotionally distressed as I do, or am I overreacting?”

5.  What can you expect to feel?

6.  What can you do about your feelings?

7.  Who can you talk with about your feelings?

8.  What should you tell the children (if you have any)?

9.  What if you notice your other pets acting in a strange manner?

10. Should you get another pet right away?

These questions and more information can be found on the Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens website:   http://www.visitrollingacres.com/faqs.html

Feel free to call any time to discuss any of these questions, or other questions you may have.

This is a very challenging time in your life journey with your pet.  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens is here to help you during this time in the life of you and your pet.

We invite you to visit Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens at any time.

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Y – Yesterdays

Count Your Blessings

April 19, 2014

ImageA friend of mine lost her best friend last week.  Her furry friend passed away due to old age.  He had been her constant companion for a decade,  helping her through many trials.  My friend, you see, is confined to a wheelchair.  Most of us love the pets in our lives, and they are  often considered family members.  To someone like my friend, Sammy, her beloved pet was also her support dog.  Her lifeline if you will.  Sammy has been counting her blessings in recent days.  Instead of having a pity party, she decided to count her blessings.  She states, “each day is your birthday” when you open your eyes and realize you have been gifted another day.  Sammy has coined the phrase “anti-pity party” or “Sammy-isms.”  She truly believes in the words of Willie Nelson, “when I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around for the better.”  To join Sammy in her mission takes only a few simple steps:

Sammy-ism #1 – Be glad for family and friends, cherish them

Sammy-ism #2 – Be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t have

Sammy-ism #3 – Don’t let technology take the place of personal interactions

Sammy-ism #4 – Savor good health, it is one thing that can be fleeting

Sammy-ism #5 – Take responsibility for your education, a mind is a terrible thing to waste

Sammy-ism #6 – Be thankful for coworkers, being part of team makes a job easier

Sammy-ism #7 – Praise people when they do something good, don’t just comment on things they do wrong

Sammy-ism #8 – Accept a compliment gracefully, it is a gift of kindness from the giver

Sammy-ism #9 – We can all learn from each other, the load is lighter when shared

Sammy-ism #10 – Nothing lasts forever, cherish each moment with loved ones

Pocket Pets – Good things come in small packages

April 5, 2014

There is an old saying – “good things come in small packages.”  I guess the same can be said for our companion animals.  Most people think of companion animals as dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, miniatures horses, pot belly pigs and birds.  There are a growing number of people who also think of rats, mice, lizards, sugar gliders, hamsters, fish and turtles as companion animals.  Who is to judge what others see in these animals as pets? 

I had a pet duckling when growing up.  That little duckling followed me everywhere.  I called her “darling.”  One day I found “darling” on the ground, torn apart by Lord knows what !!  I was devastated to say the least.  My mom was understanding and scooped her up, wrapped her in a towel and took her to the vet.  The vet was very kind and compassionate and offered information on afterlife care, as she knew how much “darling” had meant to me.  We decided to bury her in our backyard.  However, this is not an option for those who live in an apartment, or some other places in the city due to ordinances. 

I wrote a poem and we had a little memorial service with friends and family for little “darling,” but it was really more for me to say good-bye to my pet duckling.  It is one of the best gifts my mom could have provided for me.  I learned how to grieve at a young age and also how to take care of the steps when a pet passes away.  Eight years old is not too young to understand death and grieving.  I believe that having this life experience at a young age helped mold me into a more compassionate adult.  If you have an experience you would like to share, we invite you to comment on our blog, or send your comments or story to our contact page.Image

 

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!