Some information and sources you may find helpful to you as you deal with the loss of your pet.
HINSDALE ANIMAL CEMETARY
Our provider of cremation and burial services. The following information is from their website http://petcemetery.org/
Established in 1926, Hinsdale Animal Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of beloved pets. The beauty of the grounds testifies to the love these pet owners have for their "furry kids", with decorations placed for the different seasons, and many visitors to the grave sites.
As pet owners ourselves, we understand the special bond that exists between humans and our companion animals. We know firsthand how difficult it is to lose a special pet, and know how overwhelming it can be to make decisions at the time of loss. With that in mind, we have created our web site to help explain the services that we offer.
Visitors and inquiries are always welcome. We encourage your participation in our burial or cremation services. The following services are offered:
Private Burial - Single or multiple plots are available, as well as a selection of wooden boxes or pet caskets.
Private Cremation - Your animal is placed in the crematory alone. Only and all of your pet's cremated remains are returned to you.
Memorial Cremation -With this type of cremation, several pets are cremated together. The resulting cremated remains are then scattered on the cemetery grounds.
Pick-up Service - We will call for your pet or you can bring your pet to us. Distance charges apply.
Memorialization - We offer many items for sale including cremation jewelry and garden memorials for home.
We offer a wide variety of caskets and cremation urns. If you choose to bury your pet in our cemetery, we have summer and winter grave decorations available, along with beautiful granite monuments and headstones.
CHICAGO VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Pet Loss Helpline & Support Group
Wings – Pet Loss Support Group
Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the CVMA Offices, 120 East Ogden Avenue, Hinsdale. (No reservations needed, no charge, but donations are accepted)
Losing a Special Companion: Resolving the Grief, Remembering the Good.
The death of a beloved animal friend, whether furred, feathered, finned or otherwise attired, whether a creature great or small, represents a very deep and significant loss to the loving companion. Your veterinary caregivers have been uniquely privileged to observe the beauty and depth of the bond between pets and their people, and are therefore very much aware of the pain upon the death, loss, or anticipated death of your pet. To help, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association has made available this service.
The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well being of animals through veterinary care, Veterinarians, by their concern for and knowledge of animal health and behavior, help pet owners and their pets enjoy long and rewarding relationships.
These services are funded primarily by donation. If you wish to make a donation in the name of your pet, it would be greatly appreciated. We would also be interested in any poems, drawings, prose or any creative expression of the love for your pet. Please send these to the Human-Animal Bond committee at the CVMA Office.
University of Illinois
The Companion Animal Related Emotions Pet Loss Helpline is a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. People who are either grieving the loss of a companion animal or are anticipating a loss are encouraged to call. If you need a compassionate, understanding person to talk to, we are here to listen and to support you. We are here Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm Central Time.
Our toll-free telephone number is: (877) 394-CARE (2273). If you are in the Champaign, Illinois area, our local telephone number is (217) 244-CARE (2273).
RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM AND PET LOSS CENTER
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....