Testimonials & In Memory
Pet owners that have used the crematorium kindly send me cards, and wonderfully, photos of their passed 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 email@example.com
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 !
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.
Seamus and Tilly
Here is Seamus and Tilly, brother and sister, who we got from the RSPCA in Radcliffe on Trent 12 years ago.
Seamus passed away on the 25th September 2017 and Tilly passed away on the 12th December 2017.
Our house is now an empty house without our beautiful fur family members to love each day.
They both were very individual characters. Seamus loved his food, particularly grilled sweetcorn on the cob and Teriyaki chicken. Tilly loved to watch you tube videos of squirrels, mice and birds, and chase her toys.
I hope they're now both reunited up there over the Rainbow Bridge and one day we'll all be reunited.
Gone but never ever forgotten.
Errol, Tina and Shaun xxxx
Rowan you are truly a kind, compassionate and caring lady. Thank you for all your help and support with Tilly. You've made an extremely painful day a bit easier to deal with.
Here is our gorgeous boy Milo, taken suddenly on Saturday 14th October at just four and a half years old.
He was such a character - well know in the local area and missed by us all, including his brother Mario and our dog Poppy.
Rest in Peace lovely man, we all miss you so much.
And many Many thanks to Rowan for her kindness and care.
This is Zephyr my handsome Abyssinian boy who passed away on 25th Oct 2017 aged 16 years and 3 days. Zeph had a huge personality and a voice to match. He loved to talk to everyone and the house feels so empty without him. He was my special boy and I know he loved me as much as I loved him. I will miss him peering into the fridge every time the door opened just in case there was something in there for him (which there usually was) and nothing will get me up in the morning as effectively as him sitting on my chest and purring at full volume in my ear, something he did every day for 16 years.
It was almost 2 years to the day that we lost his sister Foxy (30 Oct 2015) and I take comfort in knowing that they are reunited again.
Thank you so much Rowan for making such a difficult time a little more bearable. I knew my boy would be treated with care and compassion and for this I will be forever grateful.
RIP Zephyr, gone but never forgotten
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.
Passed away Thursday 21st Sept aged 7 years. Taken very suddenly.
He was our baby my boo boo. He loved the cat, loved his holidays and loved the sunshine.
Memorial wood were so kind and so caring. The urn was lovely.
We can now take Max back to his favourite place at the beach, where, together with the grandchildren, we will scatter his ashes.
Fly free my baby xx
Dizzy - the best cat you could ever wish for.
After a shaky start to life, she chose us - and well and truly became the boss of our house. She'd still run around like a lunatic even in her old age, and she was at her happiest eating salt and vinegar crisps, trying to steal food off your plate, or curling up on you for a snooze.
There will never be another one like Diz.
Huge thank you to Rowan, who made such a horrible time a little bit easier, with her care and attention to detail.
Thank you x
This is how we want to remember Harry. A dear pal, loyal and full of fun.
Just wanted to thank you for making his passing bearable.
We will always remember your kindness and support during a difficult time.
Annette and Brian
Grace was special in every way. She was a long haired German Shepherd, a breed I had not contemplated owning before, but as soon as we met, I knew she was for me. She was smart, kind and faithful. She loved to walk - over the ten years we were together we must have covered thousands of miles! She was a stray, very under weight and untrained when she came to live with us, but good food and training certainly paid off and she became a dog to be proud of.
She became a well travelled dog when we took her to Crete to live for three years. She enjoyed walks on beaches and through olive groves and rough tracks when it was not too hot.
This year she seemed to slow down, walks got shorter and finally she decided on her own terms it was time to go. We think she was possibly eleven or twelve years old. We miss her terribly, though we have the two other dogs, Cleo and Milo, to love.
I would recommend Memorial Wood to everyone, everything was spot on and made a dreadful occasion a little more bearable. Thank you again, Rowan.
Amigo and Alfred
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you provided after the death of our much loved cat Amigo.
You were so kind and thoughtful at such a difficult time and made things so much easier for us. His casket is on the mantelpiece.
Joy and Dan.
Thank you once again for the magnificent service you provided for my dearly loved Alfred, Amigo's brother.
They spent 8 weeks apart after Amigo's passing and are now together on my mantelpiece.
Your kindness and professionalism has been outstanding and made this difficult time easier to bear.
Thank you once again.
Joy and Dan.
We lost our lovely Kaya to lymphoma within only 4 weeks of being diagnosed.
Here she is at the beach during her last 2 weeks. She had a fantastic day!! Happy with a ball as usual.
We just wanted to thank you for making losing our beautiful girl Kaya bearable.
You are wonderful and thank you for being so supportive and caring during our grief.
Jade, Steph and Paul
We really wanted to thank you for making such a difficult moment for us so memorable, but for all the right reasons. Such a beautiful setting and you were so kind and considerate, that we only remember the good things about that day, for which we are genuinely grateful.
It has been so hard losing such a lovely cat so soon and in such circumstances, but at least now, we have him with us in peace forever, thanks to you.
Emma and Jamie
A huge thank you from all of us for the way you dealt with moss and us as a result of his passing. Moss was 15years young and was our life.
You made everything so easy and brought a smile to our faces. Your services are excellent and through this you've helped us through our loss.
Can't thank you enough
Claire and Paul x
Missy was our very first cat. Our first baby. We are completely bereft by her loss, especially so soon after Harry. Missy was very much a lap cat and would always seek your affection, which we willingly gave! Missy, we will love you all our days.
Too soon we had to meet again. But when the time came we had no hesitation to contact Memorial Wood. Once again, your compassion was so gratefully received as we left our beautiful girl in your hands.
The Rowland Family
I wanted to express our sincere gratitude for your kindness and compassion. I can honestly say, the calm dignity and respect shown has really helped to comfort our family at such a difficult time. I would not hesitate to recommend Memorial Wood.
Harry came to us as a tiny kitten, from a rescue centre. His tragic and sudden passing, 8 years later, has left a huge void in our home. Harry, we truly love you and miss you.
The Rowland Family
We would like to thank you for the kind and caring way you took care of our Ellie as you know we
only had Ellie for a short time. We got her from woodside rescue centre and we both fell in love with her, as did Ellie with us. Our only consolation was she had 18 months of holidays with long walks, love and care before cancer took her.
We would like to say how nice it is that you gave her the dignity of a individual cremation and Ellie is back home with us.
Thank you again
Melv and Jean.
This is my beautiful Mimi, the sweetest cat I have ever met.
She departed on a cloudy day on 21 April 2017. She was my best friend and we spent 6 years and 7 months together. She had to go way too soon. She was a gift for my 25th birthday and I had her ever since she was 3 months old. A very shy and private kitty who only showed her brilliant personality to a few.
I miss her especially in the mornings when she used to jump on me when my alarm went off. She made sure I make it to work on time. And of course in the evenings, when she used to purr, which helped me to fall asleep. I loved her very much.
Thank you Rowan for being so lovely in such a difficult time and taking care of my little Mimi's last journey.
This is our Tigga, our beautiful 'ginger beast'. We are still in shock over the sudden loss of Tigga, we thought we had years left, only aged 11, he should have had longer with us. We rescued Tigga when he was 4 years old, he had been abandoned by previous owners. He took a while to settle in, gain his trust in us, he hid all the time, but we were patient, we knew with love and patience we could win him round. Then one day he came out of hiding, relaxed. Ever since he showered us with affection, one of the most loving cats. He slept on my pillow at night, at the top of my head. He often sat right up on your chest, face to face wanting fuss, if you stopped fussing he gently put his paw on your face so you would carry on! We had 7 wonderful years with you Tigga, we wish we had more, there's not a day we don't miss you. Our lovely boy xx
We would like to thankyou for taking such care of him for us, it's a comfort knowing he was handled with such care.
This is my beautiful boy Alfie, affectionately called Alfie Pie! This is one of my favourite pictures and although it was taken during his illness & he's looking a bit ragged, his eyes just speak volumes to me in this photo, and he's sitting on my knee, so it's a special photo to me.
I would like to say thankyou so much for your patience, care, understanding and for looking after my boy that night. I am glad we chose to make arrangements ourselves, it was my one last thing I could do for him.
My boy is so special to me, it's a struggle getting through the day without him wrapped round my legs or on my knee, I miss that, it's going to take me a long time to come to terms with. But he is home with me now, thankyou for getting him back to me quickly.
My stunning fluffy baby girl had the loveliest personality, full of mischief & extremely sassy - totally ruled the roost from day one! But so adorably affectionate too. From her very first night with me as a tiny kitten, our bond was sealed. She'd chosen me to be her mummy and no one on earth could have resisted her beautiful approach.. she climbed up on my chest and nudged her little nose to mine, purring contentedly, continuing to plant her sweet little kisses all over my cheeks. This became her favourite place to rest most nights, either with me or another carefully chosen friend. She was a fantastic judge of character, reserving affection for only a select few!
She's been the most wonderful companion over our 16 years together. Capturing many hearts, truly touching to watch her bond with my husband and then our children. And eventually with grandparents dog. After he learned to behave, she relented and then he too enjoyed Lilly's kisses... occasionally, lol. Will never forget the mischievous little scamp stealing a string of spaghetti from a plate of leftovers, attempting to play with it and pull it along like a string of wool.. making everything in life a fantastically fun game..have so many lovely, funny memories.
Will never forget, and will forever treasure the wonderful 16 years I have been blessed to have shared with Lilly. Am left devastated to have lost my fluffy little angel. I miss her desperately but am truly thankful to have been put in touch with Rowan. Your lovely, patient approach and service from beginning to end made such a positive difference. Lilly's urn is beautiful. A perfect choice, thank you. And am so grateful to have been able to have her home so quickly.
Zellie and Lucee
Our two gorgeous little poodles were Zellie (the silver) and Lucee ( the charcoal).
Zellie was Lucee's mum and was nearly 18 when she left us. She lived with my Mum who at the age of 95 was devastated to lose her.
Rowan was amazing providing us with a very sensitive service enabling mum to have something to keep and talk to even after Zellie went.
Zellie and Lucee
Tragically we lost our Lucee just 7 weeks after her mum at the age of 14. It was totally unexpected as she was a heathy little thing.
Rowan's husband collected Lucee from the vet where she was put to sleep and we were all set to go ahead with the cremation. It then dawned on me that she was never separated from her friend 'giraffe'. I rang Rowan who understood completely and the next day my son & I took giraffe down to go with her. Lucee looked gorgeous and peaceful as we laid giraffe with her.
Rowan was so very helpful, kind and understanding. We now realise that our beautiful little girls had great lives and with Rowan's help and support their final hours on this earth we're also beautiful and comfortable. We really can't thank you enough Rowan and we hang on to those final memories which without you could have been so different.
On the 8th January 2012 we met G T (aka Ginger Tom) at Leicester Animal Aid, Huncote. We had gone to look for a kitten but this gorgeous boy melted our hearts and when we were told he'd been brought in on Christmas Eve, well, myself and my husband knew he had to come home with us and complete our family. They told us he may not eat and could shut down for a couple of days. Well, G T had other ideas and came straight into our home, ate biscuits from his new bowl and then proceeded to find use of the litter tray and go upstairs to lay on our bed! From that moment he knew where he belonged.
He hated being left at the cattery and cried for us when we left him. The cattery owner said he was just too noisy and so he wasn't able to stay again and he was given the red card! Not a problem, because we hated being away from him too. The only way to go on holiday was as a family, so we bought a touring caravan which G T took to better that we ever could hope. His favourite location was Moreton in Marsh where he spent hours watching the bunnies and birdies from the window or sleeping in his own cupboard (gaining him the name Cupboard Cat). People could hardly believe it when they walked by and saw him sunning himself in the awning or front window. So much so that he made it into the Caravan Club magazine!! Celeb status!
Sadly all this came to an end on the 15th March 2017 when G T, aged just 9 years, was tragically hit by a car less than a minute from our house. We were told promptly of the accident and were able to get to him in minutes.
He died in my arms, in his own home, loved by his mummy and daddy.
We have no idea how we are ever going to live without our beautiful boy, who gave us so much pleasure, comfort and love, let's not forget laughter too. We are both devastated but wish to thank Rowan at Memorial Wood. She was caring and compassionate right from the very first emotional phone call to the day we picked our boy up. She took great care of G T and even laid him with his favourite toy between his paws. As we left him we knew he would be looked after the same way we would.
Nothing is too much trouble and Rowan's attention to detail is very comforting at this very sad time. The service she offers meant we were able to have G T's ashes home within 24 hours and so we weren't away from him for long.
Thank you, Rowan, you are a very special lady
Josh and Claire Barnett
Dossbags & Kizzy
Dossbags and Kizzy were sisters, they had the same parents but were from different litters. Dossbags was born 15 years ago and given to us by a very close friend. I was immediately in love! We did everything together until her sister came to us a year later. This meant twice the joy and twice the mischief, but we loved it all the same. They were a welcome addition to our family of 3 cats and a minor bird.
Never could two dogs, sisters at that, be so different and yet so close. Both gentle and loving yet having personalities poles apart. Dossbags was a typical dizzy blonde (no offence!) and Kizzy was the calm obedient one, together they were a joy.
They were, and always will be, very important members of our family and with the help of Rowan at Memorial Wood they will be with us forever. We lost Dossbags in December 2016 and Kizzy followed in February 2017.
Sisters together in life and now reunited again in the long sleep.Until we meet again, run til your hearts content with the angels my girls,
Always and forever Mum x x
Ruth and Edward
My parents gave me Walter for Christmas. And he was so ugly he became cute. He was the family dog who had an amazing life. For the past year he got to live on a narrow boat travelling around, he was such a happy dog and so weird.
He thought he was better than sitting on the floor. He would stand and wait for his seat to open up on the sofa!
He was amazing and had such a strange personality.
My parents loved him like a son, he was taken far too early and all the family
miss him terribly. Thank you for taking care of him x
This is Psycho, our much loved cat who reached the amazing age of 20 years and 5 months before tragically being hit by a car.
He was a wonderful pet and a very important member of our family.
His paw prints will for ever remain in our hearts.
We still have his sister Jet with us, who misses him very much.
Geraldine and Paul Ellis
A big thank you to Rowan from all of my family for looking after our family dog, Meg, last week. We unfortunately had to put Meg down due to cancer - whilst it was not entirely unexpected, it was still a great shock and loss to our family.
We adopted Meg at the age for 18 months whilst the children were 4 and 6, and she has been a huge part of our family ever since. Despite having a number of previous owners, Meg soon settled into family life and always had a great temperament and nature, especially around children. Her love for food soon got her into bother, whether that was pinching strangers Pringles on the beach or snaffling the boiler repairman's sandwiches when he wasn't looking (typical Lab!). Second only to food was her love for being fussed - she couldn't get enough rubs and attention from anyone who was nearby, and was well known for her demands for a belly rub and would purr when in ecstasy from fuss. I'm not sure she ever stopped feeling like a puppy as she always acted like one!
At the age of nearly 13, she sadly succumbed to cancer, despite a brave fight. Having had Meg in our lives for over 11 years, she will be sorely missed by all of us and leaves a huge hole in our hearts and lives.
RIP my little puppy dog - we'll love you always xxx. Mark, Clare, Matt and Ben.
What to do when you lose from your life, this planet, the only living being who you were/are wholely/souly in sync with ? Is it to become in sync with the Universal energy from which all that is was and ever will be, manifested into physical? Perhaps that's why Stuff happens? Or equally of course, a person could finalise. It's all Free-will. Look, feel the empty space ahead?
But is One thing knowing something, and entirely different thing becoming it, right now I'm on the fence, but, leaning one way. Right now in this moment. But when you are Human and only of knowing something, moments have the tendency to change.
*You can only lose when not open to perceive that nothing goes away, He said. And with that his physical body died, with his eyes open, head turned toward the bookcase looking directly at the book 'Journey across the unknown' Edward White. Well but some of those facts you know i think were wrong, but ok yes it holds the right theme I said.
Much love with many thanks to you Rowan* for being so wholesome, kind and thoughtful. I couldn't have wished for anything more genuinely heartfelt for my absolute consistently special extraordinary soulful friend.
We first met Squeak when he started coming into our garden and would run into our house to sneakerly get some of our cat Lucy's food. He'd run back out so you couldn't stop him even though we weren't bothered anyway realising he was probably hungry. After having had a tick and being covered in straw everyday we decided he wasn't being looked after by anyone and decided to adopt him in 2012 (we like to say he adopted us). He was such a beautiful caring cat we just fell in love with him. We brought him a kennel to sleep in outside in the garden then moved him into our home where he would sleep in a basket on the settee in our conservatory and everywhere else to be honest. He loved attention and would jump on you and push his head into your hand, lifting it up to indicate he wanted to be stroked. He'd stand on our chests where we would stroke his body backwards and forwards which he loved. I've never met a cat who loved food more than our squeaky...and he loved his treats. If Graham had a couple of beers He'd sit next to him stroking him when he was in his basket while having a little chat with him lol.
Sadly on the 26th October A family member let him in from being outside, he jumped on his basket where he would then want to be stroked which We would do everyday...after finishing stroking him And warming him up from the cold I always kissed him on the side of his head. I then noticed his back legs were paralysed and Squeaky slipped into a coma and passed away about 15 minutes later. We think he was about 7-8 years old. We are all heartbroken Squeaky as we loved you so much. We will miss you everyday. Night night kid xxx
Thanks to Rowan for being so lovely and caring...
Geraldine, Graham and family
I rescued Zeus when he was 6 months old from Animal Accident and Rescue centre in Burton Joyce back in August 2000. He was found wandering the streets. When I picked him up from his fosterers, he'd had 6 foster homes.
When I got him home he instantly took ownership of all the beds and sofas in the house. He suffered badly from separation anxiety and he destroyed 2 sofas less than half an hour in his first week, but with a lot of love and patience he got over it..
He was my best friend and my whole world so when he was diagnosed with bone cancer 2 years ago I was heartbroken. I was told he would last a couple of months but 2 years later he finally gave up. I had to make the heart wrenching choice to take him to the vets to end his suffering....
He died on the 7th of September 2016 and was cremated on the 8th.
Rowan's kind words and lovely personality really helped me and she treated Zeus with the utmost respect.I really cant thank her enough.
Hi my name is Alan and this is Browns my much loved staffy who sadly passed away on the 19th September 2016 aged 16.
I had Browns from 8 weeks old,
He was always such a happy and very funny dog.
One incident that brings back the fond memories I have of Browns is when he managed to get his head stuck in a crisp packet that I accidentally dropped at the side of my chair. He ran around the living room trying to get it off his little head as I gave chase to catch him to remove it.
As he grew up Browns was so full of life. He grew up with my parents dogs and they all got on so well together and enjoyed many long walks over the fields were we live.
He was spoilt rotten and always enjoyed doggy treats as well as Sunday roast and Christmas dinners.
He was always so adorable when asleep as he would sleep with his tongue out, it was so funny.
He was such a wonderful dog loyal, faithful and my best friend and companion.
When the sad day came I wanted Browns to be treated with the respect and dignity that he deserved.
After reading the testimonials that other people had wrote about their much loved pets and the caring and respectful way that Rowan helped them I decided that memorial wood was the right place for Browns.
Rowan is a lovely person. She let me have as much time as I needed to say goodbye to Browns. She listened to our stories about Browns and the life he had. It was a lovely and caring environment.
I certainly made the correct choice in choosing memorial wood.
I know that even though Browns is no longer with me in body he will always be there in spirit.
Rest in peace my baby boy.
We lost are much love Ben, on the 15th august 16, just before his 14th birthday.
We are really pleased we came to memorial wood. Thanks to Rowans kind words and understanding, she helped us through those first few very sad days.
From Sue john and Kevin
I saw Scooby at the RSPCA Woodside , he had been left tied to the gate there. He looked so sad I just wanted to love him . This 6 month old lovely was so naughty and took a least two years to settle down but it was so worth it. Me and my husband Matt adored him , he filled our hearts with love and was always up for being cuddled.
He just made it to 16 years when his final day came and just like you all our hearts were broken. We were so worried about him being treated with respect in death that when we found Rowan and she was so lovely and understanding it took the worry away and helped us with our grief. She explained everything we needed to know and gave us the choice of how he was to be left. We picked up his ashes the next morning and everything was handled with grace and respect .
We have no hesitation in recommending memorial wood and thank you so much Rowan , you truly are an earth angel xxx
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
Goodbyes aren't forever
Goodbyes are not the end
It simply means
I'll miss you
Until we meet again
RIP Merlin........ ❤️❤️
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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..
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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Artic was a Huskita who was almost three years old when he passed away.
When he was about one and a half, we had a house fire caused by a faulty electric board inside our chest freezer which was in the room where Artic and our three other dogs slept. He huddled over them all and started howling to alert our son in the room above. If we had been in the house for another 15 minutes we would have all died. Artic saved our whole family. He is Our Hero.
As a result of the fire though, he got cancer in his ribs. This led to a lot of people learning of our story because we could not afford pet insurance, or much else really, we lost so much in the fire.
We needed to raise funds for treatment and started fundraising through Facebook, where he made many hundreds of friends all over the world. He lost his battle when the cancer spread and we had to make sure he had a fitting send off. After looking through many pages on the inter-web we came across Memorial Wood. After taking Artic and meeting the lovely lady there we were happy that our boy would have the best send off ever. We chose some beautiful containers for his ashes to go in and as for the service, well, let's just say it was almost like we had known each other for a long time and were good friends!
We have recommended them to all our family and friends and we will always come back here with the rest of our pets, god pray the isn't for a long time, but this is the best place you could go.
On behalf of Sarah, myself and the children, thank you so much for making it feel that little bit easier to cope at a time when it really means a lot.
I cannot thank Rowan enough for the care she took of my beautiful girl Tiggi. She cared for her as if she was her own. Her kind, lovely words about Tiggi meant so much at such a traumatic time.
When we went to collect Tiggi's ashes, we talked about Tiggi with Rowan for about an hour! We laughed and we cried, it was like counselling! I will always be so grateful for the care she took of my baby girl. I cannot recommend Rowan enough.
We scattered Tiggi's ashes on her favourite beach last week. She's now free but I still miss her desperately.
Thank you Rowan.
Rowan, a very big thank you for the professional way you helped my husband and myself with the loss of our much loved Labrador Zak on 26th March 2015. Allowing us to give him an individual cremation, which was very important to us. Your understanding gave us both comfort. Zak has been a very much loved member of our family, giving us many happy years together, he was almost 13. He went everywhere with us, having many happy holidays in Spain.
Allowing him a dignified cremation, and having his remains returned the next day in a beautiful box meant the world to us. While our hearts are broken your understanding helped, and we thank you for that. We would recommend Memorial Wood Pet Crematorium to any loving pet owner.
This is my handsome little fella Mylo who sadly died on 5th March 2015.
I rescued Mylo from a life on the streets and he was eternally grateful. He spoiled me with cuddles and ate me out of house and home. After discovering Mylo had chronic inflammation of the bowel, we had many trips to the vets together. He was not always willing to attend but he always did it with a purr. The best natured cat I have ever had, it is simply not the same without you waking me up in the morning.
Mylo was very much loved and will be missed for ever. He was hit by a car in Woodhouse Eaves and killed, the driver did not stop. I would like to thank Rowan for taking such good care of him and supporting myself at this tragic and sad time.
The service has been brilliant and it has meant the world to me.Lots of Love to my boy, rest in peace little one.
From Alex, Leo and Simba
On March 1st 2015 the family had to make one of the hardest decisions ever to have our beautiful loving boy Bramble put to the sleep in his own house. Bramble was thirteen years old and had been treated like he was a member of the family, hardly left alone and loved and cherished. Bramble was loyal, clever, and a true best friend and returned that affection to the family also making them feel secure and loved.
We will always remember you for that loving dog you were, jumping on the bed, racing to the car and hating to be left alone in the house. You touched all of our hearts and we could not let you suffer anymore and over the last year to see you age broke all our hearts. When we enter the house it is now silent and empty but we know you are there in spirit.
RIP our boy, no more pain or suffering until we cross Rainbow Bridge together
Vincent Moore / Sharon Moore & Finlay Moore
We did not realise it would be so quick, and made a hasty decision to have Bramble cremated and the vet took him away. Later in the day though questions entered my head what happens to him? how do I know it would be him returned. That night I needed to make sure he was looked after and came across memorial wood, being an individual pet cremation service with excellent testimonials. We did not want our boy going to a mass place with no guarantee and not treated correctly. I spoke to Rowan and she cared on the phone and made me feel more at ease. She called me when he had been collected from the vets and also to discuss plans for his cremation. I can honestly say this made the family feel so much better having an input to what happened to him in death. I think knowing that you have your little boy's ashes in your hands helps to comfort you in these hard times.
I would not hesitate to recommend Rowan, a fantastic service and thank you so so so much for looking after him as it meant the world to us.
Snowy came into our lives in November 2003, she was an English Setter rescued from Ireland, blinded in one eye by another dog, therefore she was no use to the owner as a working gundog. She was incredibly timid when we got her and continued to suffer with separation anxiety throughout much of her life. We are so honoured to have owned such a gentle and loving companion who followed us everywhere. We've had some wonderful holidays with her in Wales, she loved to play in the sea and run along the beach chasing seagulls.
Unfortunately, just before Christmas 2014, Snowy was diagnosed with Cutaneous Lymphoma (an aggressive skin cancer), she coped with this incredibly well, but by the beginning of 2015 the cancer had reached her mouth. It was at this sad time that we had to make the heart wrenching decision to lay her to rest, Snowy went over the Rainbow Bridge on the 3rd February 2015 aged 13 years.
Rest in peace baby girl, you're forever in our hearts and you will never be forgotten, we will meet you in time at the Rainbow Bridge with open arms. Run free sweet girl.
Mummy, Daddy & Amos x x x
Please do not hesitate to contact Rowan if you have lost a beloved pet, she is the most compassionate and caring person you will ever meet, and you can trust her wholeheartedly to treat your pet with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Thank you so much Rowan for sending Snowy on her final journey - you're an amazing lady.
Sarah and Duncan
Ginge had an exceptionally hard start to his life but somehow managed to find sanctuary under a bush in our back garden.It was so obviously challenging for him to overcome his fear of people especially men but Ginge soon realised not all humans would cause him harm and gradually trusted us enough to let us share our warm and safe home with him for the next 10 years.
In his new environment Ginge soon turned into the most loving and well natured cat you could possibly imagine and his gorgeous face always looked up to you with an appreciative smile that made you just want to pick him up (which he loved) and hug him hard.Gone were the days when he would eagerly eat any old dry scraps of food he could get his paws on, Ginge had now developed a taste in fine dining regularly turning his nose up at previous favourite flavours demanding something new and fresh to please his palate before taking a nap on a soft luxurious quilt.
When a pet is such a wonderful and integral part of your life as Ginge was to us, it's devastating when the time comes to have to say goodbye.After a heart attack Ginge passed away peacefully at home in our arms and our search for somewhere that would give him the dignified cremation he so richly deserved led us to Memorial Wood and the amazing Rowan.
Thank you so much Rowan for making this final part of Ginge's journey as easy as possible for us to bare. Nothing was ever too much trouble for you and the wonderful kind service you provided gave us reassurance and comfort during our time of great sorrow, we know Ginge would have approved.
Donna, Dave and Lily