Three days after Henry suddenly passed away the funeral director from Pet Passages located in Lee, NH, called to tell me that his ashes were ready to pick up. Besides the fact that Steve took the time to talk to me about Henry's loss he also gave me a sympathy card alongside his final paw print.
It was oddly comforting to take his ashes home and place them on the mantle but since then I have tried to ignore looking at it because it reminds me of the horrifying final moments of his life.
Everyone who reached out with words of comfort have told me that my grief will subside but it will never go away and I hope you are right!
I don't know what possessed me to take a picture of Henry as I stood crying in the Rainbow Room but all I can think of was that perhaps he would've wanted me to have a final remembrance of him. I'd like to think that many others have taken photos of their pets right before final arrangements were made.
Seeing Henry's crossed paws for the last time reminded me that this one of his favorite sleeping positions so,in my mind, it convinced me that he was at peace when he passed away in my lap.
No one likes to talk about or even think about a beloved pet's death but when it does I hope you will consider an alternative to having your pet's after-life care to be taken care of at a funeral home such as the one I've used rather than at your veterinarian's office.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share comforting words with me during this difficult time!