First, I would like to thank you for considering myself and Safe Haven Pet Loss Center in being a part of your pet's end-of-life journey. It would be an honor and a privilege to assist you and your family at this time.
If you are like me, your pets aren’t just pets – they are family. My Nana used to buy her Pekinese, Bingo, a rotisserie chicken every week in the 80’s before cooking for your dog “was a thing.” I remember my uncle bringing his Collie AND Persian cat on his boat during the summer when I was a kid. My dad has a Goldendoodle named Annie that he takes everywhere – even on the scooter. And me - I am completely obsessed with our 3 at home; a senior Pitty mix named Rocky and two Boston Terriers named Friday and Oyster. They are my babies. Literally. It is impossible to put into words how much I love them.
Being a pet lover at heart, I understand and value the bond you share with your companion animal. We include them in every aspect of our daily lives. Some of us take our pets to daycare so they won’t be lonely while we are at work. Some pet parents include theirs in family photoshoots and vacations. Pets have their own bakeries, meet-up groups, and social media accounts. They love us unconditionally, and we love them the same.
I believe that every phase of a pet’s life is important and deserves to be honored and meaningful, including end-of-life. I became a pet death doula to help pet parent's create an unforgettable goodbye with their pet. I have gone through extensive training in compassionate care, end-of-life care for pets, and pet loss & grief support and am a certified Pet Loss & Grief Companion and a Pet Death Doula. I am also a content contributor for UVM's Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula program. This is my life's work.
I created Safe Haven Pet Loss Center to give pet parents a safe place to openly grieve the loss of their pet without judgement, so they can freely experience a heartfelt goodbye. Most pet end-of-life scenarios involve leaving our precious fur baby at the vet clinic after a painful, and emotionally charged event and not seeing them again until after the cremation process. It all happens so fast. Our relationship with our pets mean more than that and we deserve better. There are no right or wrong ways to honor the life of your pet – this is your journey with them – do what feels right to you. Laugh, cry, share photos or memories of your pet. Come as you are - you are welcome here. If you don't know where to begin, I can help with that, too.
Working with grieving pet parents and launching Safe Haven Pet Loss Center is a dream come true.
Lauren Ward, CPLGC, Pet Death Doula