Not one to ever diminish the important role that companion animals have in our lives, I also provide the same doula services for people and families who need extra emotional, spiritual, informational and physical support during an animal’s dying process and the grief period afterwards. I’m a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician with a long history of providing end-of-life support to animals.
My pet death doula/companion animal end-of-life doula services include but are not limited to:
reviewing end-of-life care options and the pros and cons of each
energy work and acupressure
assist with planning memorials or funeral services
recommending animal comfort and home safety measures
providing emotional and logistical support during the dying process
Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula Consult
Price: $0 to $125
Animals are our best friends and life companions. Since they can’t directly tell us their wishes, when one of our beloved animals is nearing the end of their life, every decision we make about their care can become an agonizing guessing game. I’m here to help you gain a little more clarity and comfort with the end-of-life process. This can be done virtually or in-person.
- 1 scheduled (1 hour) visit to review end-of-life care options and to recommend animal comfort and home safety measures.
- 1 scheduled (1 hour) visit to provide emotional and logistical support during the dying process.
- 1 post-passage visit (1 hour) to discuss memorial plans and provide grief support.
“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson
The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups
Here is a very helpful book for those looking for support after the death of a beloved animal companion. The author also has a podcast on the subject which can be found here.
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
They specialize in hospice and in-home euthanasia. Even if they aren’t in your area, their website is extremely helpful when looking for companion animal end-of-life resources.
How to Care for a Deceased Pet at Home
This article walks you through of all the things to consider when your pet passes away. It covers euthanasia, what to expect when handling the body, disposition options, funerals, etc… It has a pet end-of-life and memorial checklist which I find to be very helpful.
This website is all about providing support and resources to veterinary professionals and pet parents. They also offer memorial products incuding clay paw prints, urns, books and bereavement items.
End-of-Life Guidelines for Dogs and Cats Implementation Toolkit
This page provides veterinary professionals with resources to provide the absolute best end-of-life care to their clients. There are flyers, room signs and client handouts also available on this page.
Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously
This article addresses how, as a society, we need to be more considerate of people grieving the loss of their pets. This loss tends to be unfairly diminished and that needs to end.
How Will I Know?
How do you know when or if it is time to euthanize your pet? Ohio State University has provided us with a great resource to address the myths and misconceptions about euthanasia, information on anticipatory grief and a quality of life checklist.