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Remembering Big Harry

Remembering Big Harry

It’s been two years. Actually, it was June 19, 2018. But I remember it like it was yesterday. Big Harry touched my heart like I never imagined. I knew the day I saw him running the streets in Rozel there was something special about him. But I never imagined how much...

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A Feisty Spirit, Pet Grief, and Maxi Pads

A Feisty Spirit, Pet Grief, and Maxi Pads

I’ve heard it a thousand times: “sometimes I don’t know why, but something hits me, and I literally just start crying. I miss my pup so much.” Or “I don’t know why I’m crying,” or “THIS happened for the first time and it became yet another smack in the face of reality...

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RememberRing & Finding the Silver Lining

RememberRing & Finding the Silver Lining

  I love sharing musings from colleagues, and those who too "found their silver lining" in a less-than stellar experience. Emily's story and her silver lining just touched my heart, and I couldn't wait to share her words with you... Here you are: There’s an old...

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A Family’s Good-Bye to A Tiny Love

A Family’s Good-Bye to A Tiny Love

I’d never officially been introduced to her. She was one of the dogs in the neighborhood, and one we’d seen playing around outside by her home. She was a little cutie and I could tell she was much like any small rat-ish terrier… nine pounds of fury wrapped in a little...

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Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Pet During COVID

Saying Good-Bye to a Beloved Pet During COVID

Saying good-bye to a beloved pet right now is bringing about more than the normal grief and emotion of the event. From veterinary clinics requiring curbside drop off services, to families not being able to be with their precious loves for their final breath, it is...

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Honoring Potter

Honoring Potter

I love honoring my friends and colleagues and the lives they shared with a special love. Thank you, Dr. Kyle for sharing Potter with all of us. The pure and raw love and grief in your story... thank you for giving us this to hang onto as we think of our own journeys...

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Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mico! Celebrating YOU today!

Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mico! Celebrating YOU today!

Whenever I wake up on March 19th, it always hits me. My brain takes a minute to register and find the answer to “what is today? Why does it feel like it’s something?” And, then I remember! And, I smile! It’s the day that I picked in 1989 as Mico’s birthday! I can...

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For God’s Sake, Stop Judging!

For God’s Sake, Stop Judging!

I know social media can be just the power that some people need to express their opinions, even though they wouldn’t have the courage to express the same opinion in person. But it still rocks my world with everything else going on in our country that people can be so...

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Your Why Might Just Show Up In the Rain

Your Why Might Just Show Up In the Rain

Every day I revisit my “why” as it truly gives me the strength, power, motivation and oomph to go do more and be better in my journey! For anyone who’s been in my Pet Loss classes, (if you haven’t done one of them yet, make that a part of your 2020 resolutions to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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