Home For The Last Time

Nobody talks much about what happens after a pet dies. Most grieve privately. It’s just what we do.  We feel the loss deeply but there’s more beyond that. There’s time, time that we fill with healing, memorializing, celebration of lives, pictures, memories, scrap booking, stories to be told and re-told, a lifetime of feel good moments and more love than one can even imagine, flowing between the tears and the sadness, bringing both worlds together.

There’s an ocean of goodness beyond death. Even in the face of departure, there’s hope that it will go smoothly, and afterwards there’s anticipation of the remains coming home. It brings closure, more healing, a valuable reminder of the adage – ashes to ashes and the final piece of the memorial – whether it is in the garden, an alter in the house, or popped on the kitchen shelf for company or as part of a beautiful piece of jewelry that we keep close to our hearts.

When a pet comes home for the last time it matters, and that’s a good thing. We must remember the good; force ourselves out into the sunshine after the rain. It’s what they would want. It’s what love would have us do.

When we bring a pet home for the last time,  people fold into sadness once again that they have put on hold until this moment. Life has a way of making us keep it together out in the world, but in the privacy of our homes, we are allowed that freedom to grieve and when that cedar box finds its way into their hands, it brings the sadness up to be embraced, memories to be rekindled.

When a clay paw print moves between fingers, memories fly like fireflies behind the eyes, burning them a little, holding both sorrow and joy and feeling the possibility of moving beyond the loss. Some find great comfort within the touch. Some feel more gutted than ever as they are reminded of how their paws used to feel on their chest or in their hands, or the sound of them across the wooden or kitchen floors, or the muddy footprints on the carpet. A gazillion paw prints over the course of a lifetime.

Yet we would never want to disown the feelings. We would never not want to be sad. For it is in the observance of their absence that we remember what used to be, and it is in the remembering that we heal, and it is in the healing that we open our hearts to the possibility of loving once more.

Welcome home sweet one, you have been missed.

Testimonials

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who... read more

Renee C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him... read more

Diane C.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but... read more

Terry A.

Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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