I was speaking with a dear friend today about a tough decision she was facing. Her fifteen-year old cat was struggling with illness and ageing. Despite all her loving efforts to help her it just seemed like all she was doing was prolonging life and the suffering of her dear fury family member.
The conversation ranged from who was she keeping the cat alive for, how to make the decision to put her down or not, to how to let her go with ritual and kindness. She had really made her mind up prior to talking with me; she just wanted to chat and be assured her choice to end her cats life of suffering was the best heartfelt choice she could make.
They planned the afternoon euthanasia, the vet dropped by the family home and cat and the three family members gathered outside in her familiar backyard and said good-bye. The three took their cat to the crematorium and said good-bye to her body again.
The will create a ritual when the ashes are returned to them in the next day or two.
All a wonderful way to say good-bye to a well loved family member. Our pets are important family members, often the best unconditional lovers in the family. Saying good-bye to them with grace and love is truly an important family bonding time and a way to let them go with deep care and gratitude.