Pet Loss, A Catalyst For Healing

By Elizabeth Benson

We could not reflect on 2020 without bringing some love and light to the subject of loss. Although at Paws into Grace we deal specifically with pet loss, it is a loss that does not stand alone. Nothing lives in separation. All is connected and it is this connectivity that we wish to address and nourish.

Pet loss is a specific loss and for that reason it does require specialized care and attention. It is a loss that goes directly to the heart, the core of a pet parent and it can take us to a new place of beingness, more specifically – a new way of living in the world without our beloved animal. For nothing in life is the same after – not the way we look at a flower or take a walk, or slip into our evening slippers or make tea. Everything is without them and because of that we can feel empty inside. Healing becomes a moment-to-moment process. Each day shows us how strong we actually are and how fragile life can be. We rebuild from the inside out.

“After the loss of my Juno, I felt like a deboned person. I had to get used to being in this world without him doing what he had done so selflessly for twelve years. But something magical happened – the others stepped in and stepped up and, although it was not Juno, I began to feel supported again; I began to feel whole.”

Because a pet loss is sometimes noticeable — we are on a walk by ourselves or our cat is no longer digging up the neighbor’s garden, we find ourselves talking to others about our feelings and they become validated just by the very act of their listening presence. The loss of our animal friend becomes the new starting point, a catalyst for this new stage of being in the world, and it is this place behind the grief where we meet our new selves.

If you have lost a pet in 2020, our heart goes out to yours. It meets you where you are at. It asks nothing of you. It sits with you and it abides through all the stages of grief and then some. It recognizes your pain and loss as ours. We honor the life of your beloved animal friend by continuing our mission of a peaceful and graceful transition for all animals in their time of need and continued care of the humans who love them.

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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