Hello and welcome to my blog “askjodi”. If you have been following one of my other blogs – this will now serve as my official blog. For those of you who are unfamiliar with me or my area of expertise, it revolves around end of life issues for both humans and pets. Initially, you may ask yourself what’s the correlation between the two? If you really take a moment to think about it, you will find there are many common denominators between them, and in some cases they are not mutually exclusive.
In 2003, I left the corporate world and joined my husband Dale as a business partner running Clock Funeral Home. Clock Funeral Home has been in existence for over 120 years and Dale is the 4th generation. Where I live, the state does not allow a funeral home to own a crematory, therefore in 2005 with cremation on the rise my son and I purchased a human crematory and opened up a cremation company. The next year our funeral home’s therapy dog and family dog Max died. After learning the options that were available to me for my pet’s cremation, I made the decision to start my own pet cremation business.
It’s my belief that all pets should be treated with the same dignity and respect with their final care, as humans do. With those values in mind, came the birth of Clock Timeless Pets – a pet loss memorial center and cremation business. Before you even think about it, there are two totally separate areas and cremating machines, one for humans and one for pets! For the last 10 years, I have been helping people make informed decisions. When a person dies, there are many things that must take place above and beyond the funeral. It’s my hope that they have made arrangements for their medical and financial directives, estate, minor children, step children and their pets before their death occurs, however all too often that is not the case. Having sat with people on one of the most challenging days of their life, time and time again, it becomes painfully clear – people don’t know, what they don’t know. Consequently, out of well-intended misinformation they make the wrong choice for their situation. This also includes decisions that impact our feathered and four legged family members too. Having shared this – it’s my hope to help others avoid making an uninformed decisions. I’d love to earn your respect as a trusted advisor or friend regarding end of life issues.
P.S. – Why should you listen to me? Because I’m not an attorney, financial advisor, veterinarian, senior housing facility or long term care provider. I’m a death care professional who has sat with people and has heard the phrase “I wish I would have known” more times than I can count. Don’t let this be you!