Aspire Magazine: Inspiration for a Woman's Soul.(TM) Oct/Nov 2018 Aspire Mag Full Issue - Page 56

Peace in Passing: Navigating the Loss of a Pet W BY MARIBETH COYE DECKER hen it comes to putting a beloved pet down, my heart breaks. Every time. I witness people struggling to decide what’s best. Their thoughts are uncertain. Am I euthanizing too soon? Is my pet in too much pain or is it tolerable? Is she scared? Their grief consumes them like a tidal wave. Supporting families as they help their pets leave this realm is a sacred duty. I’ve come to understand the peace and calm that can come with loving departures. Assisting pets to transition to the afterlife is a great blessing. But just because something is a blessing, doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s always hard—more so when it’s one of my family members passing on. My son Patrick’s pit bull, Peanut, had been diagnosed with kidney disease as a pup, but she didn’t allow it to affect her life. She was active and rowdy, living life full-on. The force was strong in Peanut! Our whole family adored her. Then in 2017, Peanut’s health took a sudden turn. Patrick worried because she wasn’t eating, lost weight, and had become dehydrated. I scanned her body using my intuitive abilities, 56 | October / November 2018