For most of my career‚ I have performed euthanasias as part of the services offered by veterinary clinics. Although most hospitals and its employees try very hard to make the experience a comfortable one, there is still something cold and detached about having to say goodbye to a loved one in a clinic setting.
The idea to provide a different kind of euthanasia experience came to me when it was time to euthanize my sister-in-law’s beloved 18-year-old cat. She was so unhappy with the thought of bringing Cali to the vet’s office for her final moments that I offered to bring the inevitable to her home. In this way‚ her cat would not need to experience the sterile‚ cold environment of a clinic—she would be able to relax in the peace and familiarity of home.
She would not need to experience the sterile, cold environment of a clinic—she would be able to relax in the peace and familiarity of home.
We sat on the floor in her living room in a small circle, Cali resting comfortably on Jennifer’s lap in a soft blanket. We pet her and reminisced about the wonderful friend she had been to her and how much we would miss her. And when Jennifer was ready‚ we allowed Cali to slip from this world to her next quickly and painlessly with two simple injections. The experience was such a powerful one that I vowed to make this service possible for those who share the same apprehension that Jennifer did. And so A Peacful Jouney was born.