Hospice Program Helps Terminal Patients Keep Their Pets so They Can Be with Them Until the End

The love of our pet is unconditional and they show us that affection in every aspect of life. Their loyalty and selflessness when we are concerned is limitless. They can be the perfect companion in life and for many people they are their family, so when they pass away pet owners are as devastated as of a death of a close person.

Experts recommend people to have a pet when feeling down and lonely as a loving pet enriches the life of a person and the health of a person. This companionship also builds up the community.

However, there are moments in life, like when a pet owner must leave its pet behind, especially when he or she must enter a hospice. These people are already dealing with some great hardships in life and most of them have terminal diseases, and leaving the loving pet behind makes their life even worse. They start to worry about who will take care of their pets and to whom to leave them.

Fortunately, Pet Peace of Mind has found a solution that would be ideal for most of the people in such situation. This company is well aware of the fact how pet owners are deeply connected with their pets, especially the ones who are struggling with a deadly disease. In those difficult times, the pet might be their sole source of companionship, comfort, and love.

Hospice Program Helps Terminal Patients Keep Their Pets so They Can Be with Them Until the End

Here it is what the president Dianne McGill stated:

The program was designed to be an extension of hospice’s overall mission to provide care and support for patients and their families during the end of life journey. Since many patients consider their pets essential family members, the program is there to acknowledge and validate this important element of the patient’s support network.

For many terminally ill patients, pets provide a powerful antidote – sometimes the most powerful antidote – to isolation, loneliness, and depression.

I know of countless patients who have said that their pet is their lifeline. Pets are great medicine for coping with the anxiety the comes from dealing with a serious medical condition.

For many patients, keeping their pets near them during the end of life journey and finding homes for their beloved pets after they pass is one of the most important pieces of unfinished business.”

Karen Jeffries, volunteer coordinator for St. Luke’s Hospice, has met many patients who have pets and all of them showed great concern about who will take care of their pets. Their relatives comfort them by promising them that they will take care of them, but in most cases they never fulfill their promises.

Pet Peace of Mind makes sure that the pets are well taken care of while their owners are in hospice and after that period. According to their Facebook page, this organization states the following:

 “The Pet Peace of Mind program provides nonprofit hospices with a turnkey approach to help them train volunteers to help patients with their pet care needs, provides seed funding to get the program off the ground, and offers advice and assistance for the life of the program.

People have come to bond with their pets in much the same way they bond with people.

Pets are treated and loved like family members and they comfort their owners much like a close friend or relative. It is no wonder then that during the end-of-life journey, pets can play a critical role.

Unfortunately, as families deal with grief and loss during hospice care, pets may be overlooked, forgotten, or even ignored by family members unfamiliar with the patient’s bond with a pet.”

This is a non-profit organization and runs on donations and volunteers. It takes care of the pet during the life of the pet owner and after that is being given for an adoption. This company has helped thousands of pet owners who have come to such heartbreaking situation in life.

Pet owners become at peace knowing that their hospice has partnered up with Pet Peace of Mind, and they can leave this world peacefully knowing that their pets will be safe and sound.

Sources:

iheartdogs.com

crhcf.org

news.animalchannel.co

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