Pet bereavement Support

Loosing a much loved pet can be difficult to deal with and you may feel like others may not understand your grief and how you are feeling. To most, a pet is a part of the family, a friend and companion and the loss you will feel will be the same when you lose anyone of significance.

You may experience shock, disbelief, numbness, anger, pain, sadness and overwhelming grief.  As with any bereavement, it is important to have someone to talk to who does understand how you are feeling and what the loss means to you.

Here at Downwood, Maria who is qualified in pet bereavement support is available to help you, please do not feel like you are on your own. It can be a very difficult journey but we can help.

Maria can be contacted on 01435 812152
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Or pop in where Maria works (Monday – Thursdays).

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Vets 2 Home - Peaceful Pet Goodbyes

Gentle and professional in-home end-of-life veterinary care, animal hospice, palliative medicine and home pet euthanasia 24/7 in Sussex and bordering counties by caring, especially hospice trained mobile vets or in home vets who will come to your home to care for your special companion whether a dog, cat, rabbit or other special family pet that needs special, peaceful in-home vet care when approaching old age or terminal illness.

We will help you have time to say goodbye peacefully at home without stress, worry or travel and gently put your special pet to sleep when the time is right - not too soon and not too late; a very peaceful goodbye in the comfort of your own home. Rest assured Vets 2 Home - Peaceful Pet Goodbyes are here to help you and your pet around the clock at this very difficult time.

Rainbow bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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