Blog

When DO you get rid of a deceased pet’s things?

When DO you get rid of a deceased pet’s things?

I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked this question. I’m not sure if people believe there are some rules as to the perfect time, or if societal rules are our there somewhere on the protocol here. Oh, by the way, you remember my thoughts about society’s...

read more
The Guilt of Being Okay with Death

The Guilt of Being Okay with Death

It’s been over a month since we said good-bye to Crisco. He was a part of our world for 16.5 years, and even though he was only 6 pounds, he was six thousand pounds of personality and spirit. He ruled the house, well at least up until a few months ago when the new...

read more
Crisco’s Lessons for us In Death

Crisco’s Lessons for us In Death

It was a hard week with our precious 16 ½ year-old Crisco’s death. He was a huge chapter in our life, and so many memories and passages were marked with his presence. Now we honor him, and every day are reminded of his presence in a new and different way, with his...

read more
How We Let Our Love Grow

How We Let Our Love Grow

I love sharing the love from other pet lovers, and colleagues. The following piece was written by my dear, dear friend and colleague, Bob Jenkins. Take all of this in... You'll love his story!  My wife, Annette, and I had been married for several years before deciding...

read more
Pet Loss Avenues for Every Funeral Director

Pet Loss Avenues for Every Funeral Director

As devoted deathcare professionals, we pride ourselves on being a resource to families during some of their darkest days. You are a beacon of light to those looking for care and guidance while mourning a difficult loss. You may already be assisting clients with the...

read more
The Rescue Pitbull that Rescued Jocelyn, Instead

The Rescue Pitbull that Rescued Jocelyn, Instead

I love what Eterneva does in their role of assisting loving pet parents in honoring and remembering a life they shared with their special loves. Yesterday I shared out an article I shared with my partners at Eterneva, and in turn I asked them to share with me some...

read more
Pets “Dash” Across Our Hearts

Pets “Dash” Across Our Hearts

It would be difficult for me to imagine anyone in the death care profession who doesn’t recognize how terribly valuable it is to help families create meaningful experiences in order to honor, mourn and memorialize the lives of loved ones so nowdeeply missed. For...

read more
A Journey through Unconditional Love and Grief

A Journey through Unconditional Love and Grief

First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself personally and professionally. Professionally, my work experience in the funeral industry started in 1987. Most of my career was spent with Forethought Financial Services. However, the real driver of my pet-oriented...

read more
Celebrating Life, Love, and Mico: 16 Years Later

Celebrating Life, Love, and Mico: 16 Years Later

It would have been on Sunday, sixteen years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long, even though some days it seems like a lifetime ago, while other days it feels like yesterday. Sixteen years ago, my life, my journey, my world, the start of executing a mission...

read more
Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” Yoko Ono As we bid Old Man Winter “adios,”

read more
The Guilt of Lost and Loss

The Guilt of Lost and Loss

I wasn’t ready to talk about this yet, but I’m getting desperate and having nothing else to do BUT talk about it. This past Friday our precious and ornery one-eared pussycat went missing. Our beautiful and silly-looking Rudy has been an active and large part of our...

read more
A Living Love Starts Again

A Living Love Starts Again

Ah, the beauty and joy of a new puppy in the house! After the death of two furry-loves in less than 6 months, I wasn’t sure I could do this again, but alas here we are! So, it happened! I have become addicted to the personality and spirit of a Flat-coated retriever,...

read more
Let’s do National Love Your Pet Day every day!

Let’s do National Love Your Pet Day every day!

Why not? Let’s extend this day of celebration as we organically already do, right? I loved taking some time for my morning ritual of reflection and planning, and really thinking about this day set aside to “love our pet.” Hm. I found that interesting as that really is...

read more
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As I sit here, coffee in hand and on this day of love, I’m sure you know what thought comes to my mind when the subject is just that… “love!” I don’t think there’s anything that embodies the full definition of the word love more than our animals. We all hear the …

read more
Love, Grief and Our Amazing Pets

Love, Grief and Our Amazing Pets

Hello, My Dear Friends… my pet loving friends. I’ve so missed all of you and am so anxious to be back with you. I’m excited to be here with you, to share with you, and to know that I can step right back into this “walk” of life we’re all on, to...

read more
Get all of your pet loss questions answered!

Get all of your pet loss questions answered!

On Wednesday, May 29th, 2013, I will be joining Gail Rubin on her talk show "A Good Good-Bye" to discuss all aspects of pet loss. What crematory or pet cemetery should you use? What are the questions to ask? How do children handle the loss of a pet? Do pets...

read more
Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course

Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course

Are you ready to learn more to help grieving pet parents? The course continues to get rave reviews from those that attend!  From comments such as "it was healing for myself to understand pet loss more" to "I loved being with others that make their mission helping...

read more
Honoring Finn

Honoring Finn

The Eulogy Although today (January 8, 2013) was the first time that I met an incredibly sweet and gentle soul named Finnigan, I was fortunate enough to feel as if I already knew him. I had the great pleasure of speaking with his mom for some time, and her glowing...

read more