Meet The Comfort Cats 

  • By Lisa Annis
  • 20 Jul, 2017

How Animals & Animal Assisted Therapy Can Help With Grief

Today, the ability of animals to provide comfort to humans in times of grave illness or grief is recognized by medical professionals, therapists, and hospice workers around the world. People who are facing death or mourning the loss of a loved one are often calmed and reassured by the loving companionship of a pet.
We've all heard heartwarming stories about the amazing relationships between pets and humans. Pet animals are known for their unconditional love, and in times of stress, many seem to know instinctively just how to respond. In fact, most pet owners can tell you of a time when a loyal pet lay by their side, attentive and patient, while they were in bed with the flu. That same kind of response can provide immense comfort in loss and bereavement. Because pets are so undemanding, a suffering human can welcome the opportunity to touch or snuggle up with a pet with absolute trust.
For people facing death or living with bereavement, however, pet ownership isn't always practical. Sadly, the terminally ill are often forced to give up their beloved pets because they are no longer able to care for them. Clearly, letting go of a pet can compound the feelings of loss and sadness that are typical in such circumstances. And well-meaning friends may be misguided in suggesting that a non-pet owner get a pet for support in their bereavement following the death of a loved one. Grief is highly personal, and for the newly bereaved, taking on the responsibility of caring for a pet may be too much to manage.
In cases like these, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) can help to improve the quality of life for the sick and the grieving who do not have pet animals of their own. AAT volunteers are specially trained individuals who bring their companion animals to homes and health care facilities to visit and interact with patients and their families who are confronting serious illness, death, and bereavement. By participating in AAT, people can benefit from contact with animals without the responsibility of pet ownership.
AAT has gained rapid acceptance as dozens of studies revealed the amazing impacts of pet-human relationships. For example:
  • Pet animals have been known to lower blood pressure, ease feelings of sadness and pessimism, and reduce the loneliness of patients in long-term care facilities.

  • Children who have pets adjust better to the serious illness or death of a parent.

  • Senior citizens who own pets have fewer doctor visits and reduced health care costs.
At ABC, we are firm believers in the healing power of animals, in fact, we see it firsthand on a regular basis! Just 3 ½ years old, our very own “Comfort Cats” Smokey and the Bandit live in our warehouse and provide those who visit us with comfort during their difficult time!

ABC Answers

By Lisa Annis 15 Dec, 2017
Christmas and remembrance go hand-in-hand.

When we talk about the “true reason for the season,” many of these reasons are steeped in holiday remembrance: Family traditions that have carried over generation to generation, stories of holiday pastimes that are told around the fireplace, and even meals and movies shared that carry a special significance.

With so much remembrance surrounding this festive holiday, it’s no surprise that families want to make their loved ones a part of the celebration… especially if they may no longer be around to take part themselves.
By Lisa Annis 30 Nov, 2017
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one. At the same time, they can also be comforting rituals where you spend time with family and friends, focusing on good memories and trying to recapture your sense of joy. If you are mourning a loss of a loved one this year, here are some important things to keep in mind.
By Lisa Annis 31 Oct, 2017

Okay, so the idea of planning your own  funeral arrangements  may give you the creeps. We totally get it. However, planning ahead for your final farewell isn’t just a smart choice—it can also be a fun and fulfilling process that offers you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Here are just a few of the valuable benefits you’ll enjoy when you pre-plan your cremation service

  • It gives you a chance to create the service you want, down to the smallest detail.

Do you want a formal memorial service at your church or a more laid-back celebration at the local park? Do you want a pianist to play your favorite classical pieces or would you rather your friends and family dance the night away to Elvis and The Beatles? This is your chance to spell out exactly what you want—down to the exact hue of the flowers and the flavor of ice cream served at the reception.

  • It allows you to make your wishes known so your family members won’t have to guess.

Do your loved ones know what kind of final service you want? Do they know that you prefer cremation over burial? Do they realize you want your cremains scattered in your favorite fishing spot? If your family isn’t sure about what you want, they may end up arguing over the details when the time comes. By putting your precise wishes in writing now, you’ll guarantee this won’t happen.

  • It removes stress and emotional burden from those you love most.

Over the years, we’ve seen far too many families struggle to pull together a last-minute funeral—and it’s never pretty. Don’t leave your loved ones to hastily plan your final arrangements during such a painful time. By planning ahead, you will free your loved ones from this heavy burden so they can focus on what’s most important: remembering, reflecting and healing.

  • It locks you into today’s prices and saves your family money.

It’s no secret that funeral costs continue to rise year after year, right along with inflation. When you pre-fund your final arrangements, it allows you to freeze all costs at today’s prices and enjoy significant savings. By pre-planning and paying ahead for your cremation, you’ll take comfort knowing your loved ones won’t struggle to pay the potentially exorbitant cost when the time comes.

As you can see, planning ahead isn’t just something you do for yourself—it’s also something you do for the people you love. Ready to discover the ultimate peace of mind? Plan your cremation in advance with the friendly and professional staff at ABC. Need assistance? Contact us today! You can even download a FREE copy of your Funeral Will form here .

By Lisa Annis 15 Sep, 2017
Funeral trends have certainly changed over the last decade, with many shorter viewings, more people opting for cremation, and a boom in celebration of life ceremonies. When it comes to ways to honour and cherish the life of a loved one, memorial gardens and trees are a beautiful and lasting reminder in the many months and years to come.
By Lisa Annis 20 Jul, 2017
Today, the ability of animals to provide comfort to humans in times of grave illness or grief is recognized by medical professionals, therapists, and hospice workers around the world. People who are facing death or mourning the loss of a loved one are often calmed and reassured by the loving companionship of a pet.
By Lisa Annis 14 Jun, 2017
Over recent years there has been more and more fascinating and unexpected ways to memorialize loved ones who have passed. Recently at ABC, we had a special request from a client to send their loved one’s ashes to Switzerland where they will compress and super-heat the cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn, cherished, and passed on for generations!
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