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End of Life Services

end “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Isaac Asimov

At Parkside, Isaac Asimov’s words ring true to our focus of End of Life Services. We believe in a pleasant life and a peaceful end – and have designed our approach and our environment to ease the transition for both you and your family.

We understand that at some point end of life is beyond our control; however we refuse to stand down to how it claims our loved ones. Each of us at Parkside chooses to defy the notion to approach end of life clinically – it is not a procedure. We believe in embracing vulnerability, providing warmth, empathy, compassion and a safe comfortable environment. We have seen your pets grow, we have been entrusted with their care to ensure their life is pleasant – we choose to grieve with you, despite holding back in front of you. It is the hardest decision an owner ever has to make, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

We believe choices and actions speak louder than words, here are some of our staff choices on the quotes that reflect how they feel.

Quotes that Reflect how our Team feels about the End of Life for Pets:
  • “No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” Anonymous
  • “…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Kabil Gibran
  • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers
  • “Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” — William Shakespeare
  • “This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog.” Napoleon Bonaparte, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle. Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.
  • “She died as she had been born and as she had lived, in my care, and surrounded by those who loved her.” Vicki W. Fowler


Link to Rainbow Bridge Poem:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

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