Posts Tagged ‘pets’

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

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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.

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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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!