Testimonials & In Memory
Pet owners that have used the crematorium kindly send me cards and, wonderfully, photos of their sadly missed pet. These are displayed on the photo board in the reception office and people love to see them. I thought how nice it would be if we could share the memories of passed pets on a page on the website.
If you would like to send in a testimonial and a photo of your pet by email, I would love to receive it and will upload it to the site.
Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard but always near
Still loved, still missed and very dear
Jess was one of the most inspiring dogs I have ever owned; she graced my life back in 2001 as an 8 week old bundle of joy. After a couple of years of training we were introduced to the world of Agility in which we built a relationship that I can honestly say I doubt I will ever experience again. I learnt so much from her which I'm sure will reflect on every other dog I will own in the future. We had 11 amazing years together until she was taken from me in June 2012 by cancer, she leaves a huge hole in my life which I know will never be filled, I am truly broken.
Mist came along in September 2012; she was such a calming and peaceful puppy who had very large paws to fill. Sadly at 12 weeks old she passed away due to being born with a heart defect, no measure of time would've been long enough for such a beautiful little girl.
Coping with all of the above would not have been possible without the service and support from Memorial Wood; I cannot express my gratitude for the compassion and professionalism received from Rowan. Every dog that passes through here could not find a more stunning way for their journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
With all this in mind, even though I lost two very special friends in 2012 I gained a new one.
Jack sadly passed away on 14th April 2015. He lived to work and aimed to please.
He was my first rescue dog and certainly won't be my last.
He was inspirational, loving, funny and always "as good as gold".
He loved his agility and was a real noisy character in the ring, he taught me it wasn't just about competing but it was just being together.
He sat on your knee at every opportunity and pinched your chair when you weren't looking.
He was loved and will be missed by so many. I take comfort in knowing he's running free now with the only lady he ever loved in his life "Jess"
I will miss you matey "my Jackie Boy" but I always know where to look to see you again and know you are with me everyday.
A huge and heartfelt thank you again to Rowan, I couldn't get through these sad times without you. It seemed so much easier this time knowing you are here. You offer such a wonderful service and compassion which is so hard to find and I know Jack's final moments were really special..."He's the Man".
I lost Zola at just 9 years old, she was still like a puppy to me & as such was always called "puppy". She had suffered from CDRM (hind limb paralysis), for the last 16 months of her life to which she spent her last 8 months on wheels. Zola took to them immediately, they gave her a new lease of life, and with her all terrain wheels we were able to do all our usual walks....we even did the beach!! Zola was at her happiest when she was being stroked by people, she loved everyone. But sadly on the 20.10.14, the time had come to do the kindest thing, the hardest thing, but above all the right thing. There was never going to be a right time for me, but it was the right time for Zola. She was telling me it was her time to go and she trusted me not to let her suffer. The decision was made and Zola was very gently and very peacefully put to sleep at home.
I was already aware of Memorial Wood and Rowan's reputation of being a wonderful kind caring person long before I needed to call up on her services, so when the time came to make "that" call, "that " call was to Rowan. I didn't hesitate.
Zola was collected from home. Rowan was compassionate, sensitive, kind and gentle. She showed great respect and treated Zola with dignity. She genuinely understood the heartfelt sadness at losing a much loved pet. It wasn't easy to let go of Zola but Rowan helped make a very hard day as easy as it could be. I took comfort in knowing that I was handing Zola over to the right person, albeit temporarily. Temporarily because Rowan ensured that Zola's ashes were ready for me the following morning so that Zola could back at home where she belongs. Zola's ashes are in a bluebell scatter tube which will remind me of all the happy times we spent together in the bluebell woods
Thank you Rowan, nothing was too much trouble for you and for that I am truly grateful.
Paddy and Willow
The dignity and graciousness with which you treat our companions is truly uplifting.
I would recommend you to everyone. A wonderful service.
Paddy and Willow
Just 18 months apart, both my beloved dogs were taken care of by Rowan.
I can't describe how safe and comforted you made me feel.
Thank you so much for everything. You are a very special lady, and you made a dreadful time so much easier to bear.
I moved to the Ruddington on the 27th of June with my two amazing Alsatians Jed and Elsie. Although Jed had been not well for a while he survived the move day, unfortunately on the 29th he took a turn for the worse and I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life.
Jed was an amazing dog he looked like a wolf and was the size of a bear, he brought joy to the home and was a huge character that could never be replaced. From chasing cats and desperately testing how strong safety glass was, to being a loving friend to my 5 year old, Jed is a dog that can never be replaced or forgotten.
I cannot thank Rowan enough for the kind support that she has given me she has made this whole experience easier. There aren't any words that describe the support you have given in a short space of time so all I can say is thank you for taking such good care of my Jed.
Arry came to us at 9 months old and we were his 3rd owner. We fell in love with him the moment we met him and he with us, his devotion was unfaltering and he was never far from our side, he was loving, loyal, well behaved and good natured, everything you could ever ask for in a dog, in the 11 brilliant years we had him he was never a minutes trouble even when he became ill with a tumour under his eye.
As we knew that the time to say goodbye was fast approaching, we decided that we wanted to put plans in place, to make sure that his passing would be as bearable as possible for us and Arry, in late June 2015, we researched pet crematoriums as we wanted to make sure that our boy was handled with respect and dignity he deserved.
We decided to visit Rowan at Memorial Wood to discuss what our options were, she was lovely, taking the time to explain everything to us, both my husband and I were very emotional, but when we left we knew that we trusted her totally to look after our beloved boy and that all our wishes would be respected.
On 17th July 2015, we had to make the heart breaking decision to put Arry to sleep as the tumour had got a lot bigger and though we don't think he was in any pain, we didn't want to wait until he was, we had notified Rowan that we would be bring Arry that day and when we arrived, she and Steve were waiting for us.
Thank you so much Rowan, for making what has been a terrible time more bearable, for the advice you have given us and the kindness you have shown us. We have 2 other 11 year old boxer dogs and when the time arrives to say goodbye we wouldn't consider entrusting our darling girls to anyone else.
We love you Arry-Bobble, sleep tight until we meet again xxxxxx
The last 4 years have not been easy, there have been times when we felt like giving up but never would.
We adopted Blossom from a boxer dog rescue 4 years ago when she was 7. When we first met her we thought that she was adorable and she fitted in with our other dog Arry really well, she was great with people and well behaved in the house, unfortunately she wasn't good with dogs she didn't know and sometimes walks but would be an ordeal, but we persevered with her and gradually it became a little easier, she was ok with dogs that she was slowly introduced to and we recently adopted another 11 year old boxer girl who she was very good with.
Blossom was very loving and would always come over for a cuddle and always wanted to sit with us.
On Monday 24th August, she seemed very constipated so we took her to the vet, who examined her and discovered a large growth between her uterus and bowel and said she wasn't constipated but couldn't urinate by herself because of the growth, the options were to have an emergency operation and possibly further treatment if the growth was found to be cancerous or to put Blossom to sleep, we asked the vet what she would do and she said that given Blossom's age and the fact that the growth seems to have grown fast that she felt it would be kinder to put her to sleep.
As you can imagine, it was a heartbreaking decision made worse by the fact that only 6 weeks before we had had to make the same decision about our beloved boy Arry who had a tumour under his eye.
We again called on Rowan at Memorial Wood, after the way she had taken care of our boy we wouldn't entrust our little lady to anyone else. We knew that Rowan would respect our wishes and take care of Blossom how we would have wanted, treating her with kindness and dignity.
Thank you Rowan for looking at Blossom for us, we appreciate how quickly we were able to bring her home.
Blossom we love you, now reunited with brother Arry, sleep tight both until we meet again..
The day we met Rowan for the first time was the day after Ask-it passed away to spirit.
Rowan is like an earth angel who is helping your pet on their final journey on this earth.
We knew she was the one for our baby girl and that our baby girl would have loved Rowan.
We would not let just anyone take care of Ask-it, but we knew that Rowan was someone very special..someone who would care for her & show her respect & maintain her dignity... We can not thank Rowan enough for being there in our hour of need.
In the office, there's board of many of the pets Rowan has cared for & Rowan can tell you everything about each and every pet & you can see the love she has for them all.
I do believe Rowan & Husband are truly earth angels.
THANK YOU BOTH.
Jo,Stu & Bess xxxx
We would like to say thank you for all your kindness and how gently you treated our wonderful friend - Scooby.
Your gentleness, your consideration and compassion shown to us and him was a great comfort.
Thank you again.
We adopted Scooby at 6 weeks old, we then had the pleasure and honour of looking after ( even when he was naughty but never nasty) for 15 years 3 months.
With heavy hearts we had to say goodbye to him on the 12th October 2015.
To Scooby we would like to say:-
We may not have you in our whole lives but the time you was with us you made our lives whole.
Julie & Shane
This is Foxy my gorgeous little Abysinnian who passed peacefully in her sleep on the 29th Oct aged 14 after a long battle with colitis. She was always a special little soul, having been born with slightly shortened tendons on one side of her neck which meant she cocked her head slighty to one side. She leaves behind a brother and my 2 other furbabes who are slowly coming to terms with her passing.
Meeting Rowan was an absolute delight, a true angel, who dealt with everything in a caring and compassionate way and we left knowing that my little princess would be treated with the love and respect she deserved. Thank you for making a difficult time more bearable.
My beautiful English Springer Spaniel, Tess, passed away peacefully at home on 2nd November 2015 aged approx 14 yrs. She had been my companion, my rock, my friend for 12 years.
I first saw her at College Garth Kennels in Hathern and knew she was the one for me - she never proved me wrong. She has been loving, loyal, crazy, annoying, a best friend to me and a 'sister' to our 6 year old daughter Olivia. Words cannot explain the hurt and loss that we feel as a family. We knew her time was coming but despite this we were never quite prepared for the reality.
As I write this 4 days after her passing I am still struggling and still expect to see her bounding into the kitchen for a treat, following me around the house, or settling down in my office for the day in front of the fire. In my heart I know we gave her the best life and that makes me feel so proud.
Rowan, at Memorial Wood, eased some of that pain with her understanding, caring nature, and sense of humour, such a wonderful lady who seems to adapt to everyone's circumstances and make them feel so much better. So thank you Rowan xxxx
"Losing our beloved Buffy was so very distressing and painful but the process of cremation was made so much easier with the help and support of Rowan at Memorial Wood. The service they provided was professional, efficient and caring. We got the ashes back within a day, beautifully and thoughtfully presented.
Thank you so much Rowan and Memorial Wood."
Thank you once again.
Darren and Amelia
Whisky came in to my life and home in September 2010 when her elderly owner sadly passed away. She settled in quickly and although she had been an only cat, she soon got used to living with not only a large Alsatian x Rottweiler but also 3 other cats and eventually with 11 other cats. She was very adaptable and very affectionate and I feel so privileged to have been able to take care of her for those final years. She was a creature of habit with her favourite places to sleep including on top of the microwave and the freezer and she was always the first one to greet me in the kitchen every morning at breakfast time usually from on top of the freezer and would then wait on the kitchen windowsill for food. She certainly loved her food especially chicken and one day even climbed into the fridge and started pulling chicken straight off the carcass! The day before Whisky passed away she enjoyed large portions of fresh chicken and salmon - it seemed like eating that was the only thing she could muster up energy for by then but she enjoyed it nevertheless.
Rest in peace, my little Whisky xxxxxx. Thank you for being such a beautiful affectionate friend to me in your twilight years. I hope Lucy, Timmy, Titus and Tamara are there to take care of you until we all meet again. I miss you dearly as do your feline friends.
Sadly, Whiskey is also joined by Kirby, Corrin, Charlie and Mavis.
All much loved and very much missed xxxxx
On 3rd January 2016 I lost my Felix, my beautiful little boy, best friend and love of my life. He was 17 and a half years old to the very day.
We grew up together, I was 5 years old when we got him as a little 7 week old kitten. He remained constant in my life for all those years, he was always there to comfort me through everything. I didn't just look after him, he looked after me too. He was such a caring and loyal companion. Very special and the most precious thing in my life. We were together until his last moment. Life is not the same without him, especially the mornings when he'd follow me around whilst I got ready for work, waiting for me to feed him. He'd then sit by his water bowl until I'd kissed him goodbye and said "see you later, be a good boy". Sleep tight and remember you'll always be the most beautiful cat in the world!
Love you forever and always, Sophie xxx
Ben, a border collie, was my mum's dog. She got him in July 2006 from the Border Collie Trust. Before that he had been passed from pillar to post, as nobody understood his ways. It would wrong to say that Ben was "as good as gold" but it would be right to say that he was a very good dog indeed. He was very affectionate, was extremely clean in the house and behaved beautifully with other animals and children. He was a true collie, he loved splashing in water, collecting tennis balls and herding us in and out of the house. Above all, he loved my mum and she loved him. She always said that she slept soundly at night knowing that he was around.
Before Mum got Ben, the agreement I had with her was that I would be responsible for walking him. So I used to go round twice a day to take him for a walk. We used to do a 2.5 mile circuit, whatever the weather, so all in all I spent a lot of time with him. He was a handsome dog and on several occasions I was stopped by people wanting to take his photo!
Mum discovered in April 2015 that she had cancer and in the July following Ben developed diabetes, which we controlled by giving him twice daily injections of insulin. Ben lost weight and stopped wanting to go for walks. Mum passed away on 26th September 2015, it was heartbreaking (and still is) but we vowed that we would take good care of Ben, after all he was a lovely dog and was one of the remaining links to Mum. Sadly Ben passed away suddenly on 8th January 2016. It is clear that he missed Mum. We decided that we would have him cremated so that his ashes could be placed at Mum's grave, bringing the two of them together again.
Rowan was very kind and understanding in her dealings with us and I am grateful to her for that. What a difference a year can make.
This is Jasper, our much loved handsome staffy, my children's guardian and childhood friend. We lost Jasper on November 13th after being diagnosed with lung cancer back in May. He battled so well and was strong and courageous to the end. After all the years of unconditional love from our boy it was only fitting that we see him off to rainbow bridge with much love and the dignity he so deserved!
Rowan what can we say but an enormous thank you for your overwhelming kindness. You are amazing at what you do and such a wonderful person. You made what was such a heartbreaking time for us just that little bit easier.
As for us now, well the house is very quiet and we miss the old boy so much but we have many happy memories and our darling boy will always be in our hearts and never ever be forgotten. See you again someday boy......... we love you.
Rachel, Craig and Family
Our beautiful precious deaf baby Dollie crossed over to rainbow bridge on 21st January 2016. The most sincere, loving, affectionate bundle of happiness. No longer will I have my little shadow following me around 🐾💔 she fought so hard... Strong and courageous and still wagging her tail to the end. Not a day will go by without thinking of you. Forever in our hearts baby girl... Now time to go play with your mate Jasper until we meet again xx
Rowan you are such a caring compassionate lady, once again you helped make a heartbreaking time much more bearable knowing our precious baby girl was safe in your hands. You truly provide a wonderful service. Our heartfelt thanks!
Rachel, Craig and family x
Percy occupied and still does occupy, a huge part of our hearts. He passed away very unexpectedly at only 18 months old on the 15th February 2016. It seemed so unfair to us that our little boy was taken away from us so soon. I wrote the following poem at the time of struggling to come to terms with what had happened:
A smudgy nose mark on the window pane,
Your squeaky toys upon the floor,
The comfy sofa where you used to lie,
But you are there no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
And muted echoes sound,
Of course I will always remember,
It's where your paws would joyously bound.
A bark is heard amongst the trees,
And up beyond the hill,
Then I remember it can't be yours,
Your beautiful voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of couch,
And empty muted hall,
And lay them with the absent voice,
And unused dish next to the wall.
But I'll take that vacant spot of couch,
And empty muted hall,
And lay them with the absent voice,
And unused dish next to the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love,
And keep them for my best friend Percy until we meet above.
Thank you Rowan for caring for us and our boy at such a heartbreaking time. You made a difference when we thought nothing could.
The care and contact we had with Rowan from that first phone call to collecting Jays ashes was comforting and sympathetic.
I never imagined we would be laughing at this time, sharing tales of our beloved pets. At such a sad time, the service you offered made it all the more bearable.
Jay was handled with tender care at the farm where we said our last goodbyes and we felt at ease leaving Jay with you.
This is my beautiful baby, Jasmine (and yes she is at the beach). I had
to say goodbye to her for the last time on 9th February 2016. She was 13
I was extremely lucky to have had the pleasure of spending 10 wonderful
years sharing my life with her. She meant the world to me, the love of
my life. She was my best friend, the most loyal and loving companion
anyone could ever want. She was a beautiful, extraordinary one off. We
enjoyed many holidays and adventures together, I think the beaches of
North Yorkshire were her favourite. She certainly got people talking
wherever we went, she was such a character.
In November 2013 I was given the devastating news she had lymphoma, she
bravely endured many months of chemotherapy, she seemed determined that
it would not beat her. At the end it was renal failure and not cancer
that her tired little body could not fight, she had tried so hard to
stay with me, she was truly remarkable and I am thankful every single
day we had together.Jasmine has left a massive void in my life, I miss her more than words
can say. I hope she knows how much I love her. She will always be in my
Rowan, thank you for your help and understanding at an extremely
difficult time, it is much appreciated and I am grateful to you for
looking after my precious Jasmine until I could bring her home again.
Goodbyes aren't forever
Goodbyes are not the end
It simply means
I'll miss you
Until we meet again
RIP Merlin........ ❤️❤️
Thank you so much Rowan for your kind treatment of my boy Walter when he came to you this week, I appreciate all the little finishing touches you made when we collected him and made a sad situation comforting.
We sadly said goodbye to WaIter on the 12th May 2014. I rehomed Walter as an elderly dog from a kennels as he'd been a stray. He instantly settled in and made our home his home and became closely bonded with our other dog Arthur. He was always so gentle and sweet natured. All he ever wanted was a comfy bed and a loving and reassuring cuddle. His ashes are scattered in the garden so he can still be with us and Arthur in his forever home. Despite being such a quiet boy and spending most of his time sleeping, he was a huge part of our lives and we miss him terribly. I hope now he is running free. I love and miss you my old friend.
Jane & Arthur x
Once again Rowan, thank you so much for your caring and sympathetic handling of Arthur. You made a very difficult time for me easier.
My special boy left us on 23rd April 2016. An amazingly loving and happy dog who made friends wherever he went. Originally from a rehoming centre he went on to achieve gold level Good Citizen Dog Scheme at dog training, become a trick dog, take part in lots of shows and events and become a Pets As Therapy visiting dog. I was so very proud of him and he never put a paw out of place. He was my shadow, my best friend, my comfort. There's a big space where he should be and I miss him more than I can describe. He left me so suddenly but with no suffering and for that I'll always be grateful.
Rest easy lad until I see you again.
This is our Daisy who we had from an 8 week old adorable puppy, she was 11 years old when she was sadly taken from us with cancer.
Daisy you brought us so much fun and joy, you were definitely a one off and such a character.
We miss you everyday and the house isn't the same without you in it. You were such a beautiful little girl.
We think of you everyday and will miss our trips to the seaside.
RIP my baby until we meet again xxxxx
Archie was our lovely Scotty dog who lived to be 13.5 years. He battled cancer for the last 6 months and as always was a diehard to the end. He was loyal, protective and had his own way of doing things! and how we loved him for it. He had climbed most of the mountains in the Lake District and we often had walkers comment 'how did a Scotty get up here?' the usual reply was 'on his own four paws'. He loved jumping in the car ready for the next adventure. We miss him so much and the house feels so empty, it is a struggle without him. It was a hard decision but one we knew we had to make when we decided Archie wasn't enjoying life anymore. The vets at Ruddington were brilliant and Rowan was just lovely. When she commented 'what a chunky boy he was' I absolutely knew that Archie had received individual attention from Rowan and that meant so much so us and softened the blow just enough to help us cope with the loss. What a wonderful service; no hesitation at all to recommend Rowan to all pet lovers.
In memory of Archie 2012- 2016, our lovely Scotty who will always be loved and remembered
Dawne,Steve and Joe
This is my beautiful gentle giant Hardy, an American bulldog who was 12 years old when he sadly lost his battle to cancer on 6th May 2016. He was such a handsome boy with a huge heart and an amazing character. He was always by my side and brightened every day of my life, he was my everything. Saying goodbye to my boy was the most difficult time of my life, I am totally lost without him. I am very blessed to have had him in my life and will always treasure the wonderful memories he left behind.
At such an awful time Rowan was simply wonderful, she treated my boy with great respect, I was comforted to know that she was the one who took care of him at the very end. Thank you Rowan for everything you truly are a lovely lady.
This is Shady, our beautiful Staffie who we sadly had to have put to sleep at the grand old age of 14years 8 months on
Friday May 13th 2016.
She was My/Our Life, always so gentle and kind, so loving and faithful. She was My Shadow and everywhere I went then Shady went too. She has left a huge hole in our Life's now and the House just isn't the same no more.
God Bless you Shady babes, We Love and Miss you deeply R.I.P Sweetheart - Love's ya always and forever xxxxxx
Jayne has written a beautiful poem for Shady. It is on the Poems and Prayers page.
We found each other when I was living in Gibraltar, he was abandoned and about a year old. I had been abandoned too and anything I gave him he gave me back 10 fold. Floyd was terrified when I first brought him home as he had been living on the street behind a takeaway where he developed a taste for spaghetti and chilli! After a week he finally came out of the bathroom to check out my pad. Eventually we moved back to UK and that was quite an adventure, he wasn't a fan of flying.
We've been inseparable for nearly 12 years until August 25th when I had to end my journey with him. I am devastated. Floyd was unique and although he tolerated my husband and twins when they came along he always acted like he was in charge and I guess he was to a degree.
I love you always my faithful beautiful companion.
Thank you Rowan for your sensitivity.We are all still very shocked at how quickly this has all happened but you eased the pain a little.
This is Toby, my little cross breed dog who died on the 20th December 2012. He was 16 years old.
I gave him to my son for his 9th birthday. Toby was 2 years old then, and we would be his third home! He was the dearest, happiest most well adjusted little family dog you could ever wish for. He was there with the children all growing up together.
We miss him so much. Some days I turn around and think I see him out of the corner of my eye, lying in the kitchen or by the door. When the family come home to visit they cannot believe he is no longer here.
We try to be positive, he had a very long and very happy life. He lived to a great age in good health and was loved by everyone.
Most of all he was GOOD AS GOLD !