When pets die: Hospice support group helps owners deal with loss of beloved animals

Hospice of Santa Barbara is well-known in the community for the wide range of free services it provides for people diagnosed with terminal illnesses, their loved ones and the broader area in general. …The day after he died, Emmet was honored with a funeral service in the backyard garden of the VanderMeys’ home near San Marcos High School. “It was quite elaborate. My husband, who is an English professor at Westmont College, read a poem he wrote about Emmet and played ‘Amazing Grace’ on his flute. It was a candlelight service at sunset,” she said. more


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