“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

– Anatole France

End-of-Life Doula Services for Pets

Pets are an important part of our family, and when we lose a beloved pet, that loss can be devastating. Research shows that for most people, the loss of a pet is comparable to the loss of a human loved one. According to the article, Why We Need to Take Pet Loss Seriously (Scientific American), “symptoms of acute grief after the loss of a pet can last from one to two months, with symptoms of grief persisting up to a full year (on average).”
Companion animal end-of-life doulas help both pets and their human family who are struggling with the emotional and practical aspects of helping their beloved pet through its last days.

A companion animal end-of-life doula provides comfort, compassion and companionship to animals and their families in their last moments.  Animal end-of-life doulas are trained professionals who help ease the process of loss with calming words, positive energy and soothing touch. These services often include end-of-life planning such as creating an individualized farewell ceremony or memorial service, assisting with information and resources to help make euthanization decisions, and providing emotional support during end-of-life process. Additionally, they offer aftercare services like bereavement support, helping handle arrangements for cremation or burial (if desired), and organizing memorial items such as paw prints or fur clippings. Ultimately, animal end-of-life doulas strive to guide pets into the afterlife with dignity and respect.

End-of-life doulas are trained to provide support throughout the entire process, from providing information about medical decisions to providing companionship for both the animal and their human family, through the bereavement period.

By providing these services, animal end-of-life doulas provide much needed comfort and solace for pet owners. No matter if the pet was a companion for one day or many years, an animal end-of-life doula is dedicated to making sure the transition from life to death is as peaceful and dignified as possible. In providing care, attention, and understanding during this difficult time, animal end-of-life doulas ensure that no beloved pet’s passing will ever be forgotten. 

Doulas can be a valuable part of the end-of-life process for both pets and their owners – offering comfort, understanding, knowledge, and support when needed.

"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.”

– Robert Brault


By providing compassionate support and guidance, I help people make the best decisions for their pets, support them through difficult times, and ensure that their pet is given the dignified farewell they deserve.

Services include:

  • Assisting with information and resources to help make euthanasia decisions
  • End-of-life planning such as creating an individualized farewell ceremony or memorial service
  • Providing emotional support during the end-of-life process
  • Bereavement support in the days and weeks after
  • Helping with arrangements for cremation or burial
  • Organizing memorial items such as paw prints or fur clippings.
  • Creating meaningful commemorative activities for the entire family

Ultimately, I strive to help pets transition with dignity and respect.

If you would like more information about my animal end-of-life doula services, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It would be an honor to accompany you and your pet on their sacred journey.

Pet Loss Grief Support

In addition to individual bereavement support, I offer an ongoing virtual pet loss grief support group in collaboration with Dr. Krista Wood of Empathy Vet Care in Dublin, which meets on Zoon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. More details:  Virtual Pet Loss Grief Support Group