Saturday, November 26, 2011

Quote for the Day

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Monday, November 21, 2011

Changing the Language of Euthanasia

     Somewhere along the line, euthanasia came to be discussed as "a gift" - the final gift, the most generous gift, the most compassionate gift, the ultimate gift.  This term has so worked its way into our language that we now accept the idea that this is something we not only can, but must do for our animals as loving, compassionate caretakers.

     On the other hand, some who wish for a hospice-assisted natural death at home view euthanasia as a failure on the part of themselves, their veterinary team, their hospice team or society in general.  They agonize over having made a euthanasia decision and feel crushed if they are unable to provide the kind of natural home death they envisioned or had experienced with another animal.

     We at New England Pet Hospice feel that such value-laden terms are not helpful and can actually be harmful.  Euthanasia is neither inherently "good" nor inherently "bad"

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quote for the Day

One cannot control the length of his life, but he can have something to say about its width and depth.

~ Shira Tehrani

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Loving Care

     In our work, many people ask us why and how we can do this work.  To those who haven't spent much time around death - and in particular good death - this can seem perplexing, especially when we say we truly love what we are doing.