Losing a pet can be devastating. For many, a pet provides us with companionship and support, they become our lifeline.
Whilst losing a loved one is one of the hardest moments we endure, to many losing a pet can be equally as traumatic. Many people rely on their pets for friendship, company and assistance. Many of us have seen a pet working as a guide dog or a canine partner, and through this they become the eyes and ears of their owner. Losing them creates such a huge loss, that the effects of bereavement can be felt in the same way as losing a loved one.
Paul lost his beloved Siberian Husky ‘Keira’ only very recently. “Keira was only 10 days old when I first held her; I can remember her laying in the palm of my hand, her eyes not even open at that point. We took her home when she was just over 8 weeks old.
Over the following months and years, the training was hard, purely because Keira was intelligent and had a will of her own.
She was with me through every high and low in my life. She was my companion for the morning and evening walk. She gave completely unconditional love, there were no if’s and but’s, it was pure love and companionship.
Only a few days before she became ill, we were running though the fields in Clanfield, she seemed so full of energy, little did we know that a phone call from the vet a few days later would say the words we didn’t want to hear ‘I think it could be time to say goodbye’. Why? What had happened? The tests must be wrong. Essentially, the same reactions people face when they lose a loved one.
The tests weren’t wrong, although we didn’t know why she was ill. She had stood by me throughout her life, and together with my son Josh, we held her when she went to sleep. Our hearts were devastated and unable to comprehend what had just happened. Again, the same reactions people face when they lose a loved one.
I asked our vet to return her ashes to me, although I couldn’t talk anymore. The following morning, I found out where she was going to be cremated. I looked at their website and was horrified to read ‘Canine incineration’. Our Keira was not going to be incinerated, she deserved so much more.
I found the Dignity Pet Crematorium, which is not connected in any way with the corporate funeral company Dignity, but owned by the Spurgeon family who are pet lovers, based near Hook in Hampshire. I called them and it seemed so perfect. They took care of everything, they took care of Keira in their estate car, just as we would when caring for your loved one. They gave us all the choices we could wish for, just as we would do for a funeral service.
She was cremated on her own, at their crematorium in the middle of the bluebell woods.
We collected her ashes and scattered them on the Foreshore in Emsworth, her favourite place. She was now free, although our hearts remain broken and our feelings devastated.
The moral of this story is, that pets can mean as much to us as loved ones. They deserve the very, very best we can give them, especially in their last days and at the time of saying goodbye.
Through our friendship with the Dignity Pet Crematorium, we can offer you the opportunity to say a private and personal farewell to your beloved pet. Having been through this sad and traumatic experience with Keira, we can now help others in similar situations.
Many vets have contractual arrangements with companies who carry out pet cremations, although there is very little, if anything at all personal about their service. Through Dignity, you have a choice to give a private and personal farewell to your pet.
Whilst we can’t take your pet into our care, upon our instruction Dignity will do, and in such a caring way.