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Losing a pet can be one of the hardest things we experience.
 
You don't have to go through it alone.
Pet End of Life Support can be with you through the whole process and beyond.
 
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What is Pet End of Life Support?

Support & guidance when you need it most

It is a sad fact that when we get a pet we know it is highly likely that we will outlive them, that we will have to see them through the end of their days. 

Pets become part of our family, the love we feel for them is powerful, real and needs to be acknowledged in the same way as when we lose a human family member.

Sadly, for most pet owners the last moments with their pets are in the vets consulting room after which they walk away from their beloved pet, leaving them with the vet to go to a crematorium (quite often a large industrial crematorium many miles away along with hundreds of other animals), to be placed in a plastic bag with a cable tie and an id label. This is a very antiquated way of approaching pet euthanasia dating back to a time when pets were kept more as a work animal than a member of the family. We believe the time has come to change this to a compassionate, person and pet centered  service which takes into account the emotional, practical and spiritual needs of those involved. 

 

The grief before (anticipatory grief) and the grief we feel after our pet has died is just as valid and powerful as the grief we feel when we lose a friend or a family member. The grief we feel is made even more complicated and difficult by the fact we often have to make the almost impossible decision of when to have a pet euthanased. Having someone who understands this, who can guide, support and act as a reassuring presence is invaluable.

Pet End of Life Support is given by End of Life Doula's, these are people who have been non-medically trained to be able to emotionally, practically and spiritually support people and pets through the dying process. They are trained to be able to support and guide you before the death, whilst your pet is being euthanased and care of your pet afterwards, creating a beautiful ceremony, caring for, anointing and blessing your pet before transporting them on your behalf to the crematorium or supporting you in burying them your garden. Pet End of Life Doula's are able to continue to support you in the days, weeks and months afterwards too. They are flexible, kind, compassionate people who can help turn a traumatic experience into a gentle and peaceful one. 

Pet End of Life Support was founded by Holly Lyon-Hawk, an End of Life Doula, multi award Holistic Funeral Director, Ceremonial Care of the Body Specialist and Sound Healer. Holly originally trained as a Veterinary Nurse, with a passion for animals Holly went on to become an animal sculptor before finding her vocation in supporting people and pets at the end of their lives. Holly lives in Kent with her miniature Dachshund, Poppy.

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 I made the perfect decision reaching out for your help in my loves final months. A thank you from the bottom of my heart just doesn’t cover the amount of gratitude I have for you, dear Holly. I know my boy was completely safe and loved with you on his final journey. To be able to carry him and gently lay him in the beautiful space you had created for him meant the world to me, as you know how very precious my boy was. The time and trouble you took to make everything simply perfect for him.... just so, so beautiful.

"A thank you from the bottom of my heart just doesn’t cover the amount of gratitude

I have for you, dear Holly"

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Just call

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24 hour support when you need it

At whatever stage, it is never too late to find yourself help and support through this very difficult time.

 

Here is the VERY SIMPLE  step by step process: 

 

1. Call 07981265352

 

You will speak with an experienced PELS Doula who will take some basic details from you including your location

and the service you require. 

 

2. Connected

 

You will then be put in touch with the nearest PELS Doula to discuss your needs. This is a relatively new service in the UK so you may have to be supported by a Doula further afield via Zoom and phone. If it is an emergency, if possible, they will do their best to be with you as soon as you need. 

3. Getting to know your PELS Doula

The PELS Doula will arrange a time when they can call you for a free no obligation chat to discover how they can support you both.

4. Confirmation

Once you have met your PELS Doula and you are happy to proceed with their support they will prepare a *contract detailing the level of support you require 

along with the total cost.

5. Support

Be reassured  knowing that you have the professional and compassionate support of someone who can help guide you through the difficult time of saying goodbye to your pet. 

 

*Once you have signed this a 50% non-refundable deposit is required

with final payment due within 5 days.

"We all need support sometimes"

 

"Grief is the last act of love we can give. Where there is deep grief there is deep love"

 
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'Love' 

Pet End of Life Support before death

This service is for people who know that their pet is in the last stages of their life and they require support through this difficult time. 

The PELS Doula will come to your home to spend time with you and your pet, gently supporting and preparing you for what is to come, creating an end of life plan and advising of what to expect as well as emotional and practical support. 

The PELS Doula's services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they work with. However, this should give you an idea of what they can offer:

*4 hours of 1-1 support that can be in your home as well as accompanying you to veterinary appointments.

 

Support via email, phone, Skype and Whatsapp. 

£350

To book a free telephone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us a call

'Letting go' 

Euthanasia support

It is one of the hardest decisions we have to make ... whether it is time to have our beloved pet 'put to sleep'. 

You don't have to go through this alone. This service is to support you through this hardest of experiences.  

Our services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they work with. However, this should give you an idea of what we can offer:

*3 hours of 1-1 support that can be in your home as well as accompanying you to the veterinary appointment.

The PELS Doula will come to your home before the appointment to gently prepare you and your pet. 

 

The PELS Doula will accompany you and your pet to the vets staying with you through the whole process. If you would like the PELS Doula will act as your advocate and be with your pet through it's last moments if you are unable.

 

The PELS Doula will spend time with you afterwards should you wish.  

Support via email, phone, Skype and Whatsapp.  

£299

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you, drop us a line or give us a call

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'Honouring'

Ceremonial aftercare 

This is a sacred service offering you precious time to say goodbye to your pet after they have died. A beautiful ceremony is created during which the PELS Doula will gently wash and anoint your pet, blessings will be said, stories and memories shared giving you and your family precious time saying goodbye before your pet is laid to rest. We feel it's very important for other pets at home to have an opportunity to say goodbye, to be able to have time to acknowledge that their 'friend' has now died and not just vanished. 

 

The PELS Doula can assist in the burial of your pet. Should you wish your PELS Doula can transport your pet to the crematorium on your behalf, collecting and bringing the ashes back to you too. 

The PELS Doula's services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they work with. However, this should give you an idea of what they can offer:

*4 hours of 1-1 support that can be in your home.

 

Support via email, phone, Skype and Whatsapp. 

£450

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us a call

'With you'

Complete support from before to after

This is a complete service where you will be supported throughout the whole process from before your pets death, being with you and your pet through the difficult time of euthanasia to supporting you afterwards and creating a beautiful goodbye ceremony before taking your pet to the crematorium on your behalf or assisting you with the burial.  

The PELS Doula's services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they work with. However, this should give you an idea of what they can offer:

*11 hours of 1-1 support that can be in your home as well as accompanying you to veterinary appointments.

 

Support via email, phone, Skype and Whatsapp. 

£899

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us a call

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'Life After'

Support as you adjust to life without your pet

This service if for people who have already lost a pet and are needing a little extra support to help them to adjust to life without them. 

You will be supported in a way that you find helpful. If your pet has just died then we suggest a one hour meeting followed by a meeting every other day for the first week or so followed by one hour meetings every month for the first few months.

The PELS Doula's services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they work with. However, this should give you an idea of what they can offer:

*9 hours of 1-1 support that can be in your home.

 

Support via email, phone, Skype and Whatsapp. 

£500

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us a call

'Ultimate'

For those who need a completely tailor made service

This is the highest level of support that we offer, tailor made to your specific needs and requirements. This could include daily support through the whole process, supporting your pet whilst you are  away, caring for the pet whilst you are at work, supporting your wider family, some PELS Doula's are happy to live in to fully support you, your family and the pet throughout.

Prices are dependent on needs but start from £1500

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us a call

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'Virtual'

Support over the internet

This is for those people who would like to have support over the internet. 

The PELS Doula's services are tailored to suit the individual requirements of each person they works with. However, this should give you an idea of what they can offer:

*8 hours of internet support

 

£359 

To book a free phone consultation to find out more about how we can support you & your pet, drop us a line or give us  call

"A thank you from the bottom of my heart just doesn’t cover the amount of gratitude

I have for you, dear Holly"

Everyone deserves support

Become a friend of PELS 

We are passionate about supporting EVERYONE. We believe that lack of money should never determine whether someone get's support or not through one of the hardest times in their lives. 

We want to help EVERYONE. 

We can only do this with your help.

For just £5 a month you can become a friend of PALS. You will receive a monthly video newsletter from our founder, Holly Lyon-Hawk along with 5% off our services, however the biggest benefit is knowing that you are helping people that would normally not be able to have access to such a life changing service. 

Thank you! 

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Your attention to detail, integrity, and professionalism were above and beyond the norm, they were simply outstanding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

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Gift vouchers

To give comfort to someone when you have no words.

People really struggle to know how to comfort someone who has either lost their pet or who is facing the death of their beloved pet. 

PELS vouchers are a perfect way for you to offer some real practical support.  

You choose the amount, you type your message and then we will send the voucher to your friend/relative or colleague. They will also receive our brochure explaining what PELS is and all they have to do is contact us to be put in touch with one of our compassionate PELS Doula's.

It can be a great idea for friends/family and colleague's to club together for a group gift.

So much more helpful, wonderful and long lasting than just a bunch of flowers. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.