WARNING: This video may be controversial and difficult for some to watch, so I’ll just say that right up front.
I believe euthanasia is a very personal choice, and one that should never be judged. But what I would like to say is that I believe the most important factor, where possible, is that the beautiful little cat or dog (or guinea pig, or rabbit, or…) feel loved at the end of life. In this video we share the end of life experience of Jolie the cat when her ‘parents’ opt for a home euthanasia ceremony.
They chose this path because (a) they wanted to put Jolie out of her pain, and (b) they wanted Jolie to die in peaceful familiar surroundings with people she knew and loved. If you ever have to make the decision whether or not to euthanize, perhaps this video will give you an idea of how it can be done in a peaceful, loving and familiar way.
(**For those of you in the United States, I thoroughly recommend you visit the website of Dr Annie Forslund–the creator of this video–at www.homepeteuthanasia for more information on this service. For those of you in other countries, just google ‘home pet euthanasia’ to find a service near you.)
About the Author: BJ Burman
BJ Burman is a writer, researcher, healer, advisor and teacher. All through her childhood and adult life, she has shared her life with animals, every one of them dearly loved. She is also a passionate supporter of animal rights and animal conservation.
In addition, BJ has always been interested in spirituality and religion, both academically and personally. When she became personally involved in Eastern philosophy and religion, she became specifically interested in death & dying (and what really happens to us).
Over the years, she has studied and researched the subject of death & dying, and the associated grief, particularly from a spiritual perspective, under the guidance of respected Buddhist, Hindu and Christian teachers from the USA, Britain and Australia. These great traditions, have so much to teach on the reality of life and death.
BJ has worked in the education sector for nearly 20 years, as a teacher (particularly in a pastoral care role) of adolescents and adults, helping them to not only navigate their path in education, but also navigate their way through personal life obstacles for the happiest outcomes.
Bj holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Graduate qualifications in Linguistics/TESOL, Masters in Comparative World Religions and is a published author for national and international magazine print publications in the field of health and well-being.
It seems only natural to her to combine her love of animals with her interest in death & dying to create a genuinely compassionate and supportive forum for humans who must say good-bye to the animals they love so much.
It is BJ's deep desire to provide guidance and comfort for humans to help their beloved animals live and die in peace.