Providing end-of-life care and bereavement care with distinction
Serving Middlesex, Monmouth and the surrounding counties in Central Jersey
Dr Smith’s work through Journeys to Peace touches hearts. Here are the reflections families wanted to share about their Journeys.
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“The loss of our dog, Shadow, was as painful a loss as we have ever experienced. He was medicated with steroids that masked the illness to the degree that for a few brief months we were able to enjoy his playful, goofy nature. But in the last days, eating, playing, walking all became too difficult. We knew it was time, but choosing to let go was a very difficult process for my family and I. We were told that this was the last gift of love that we could give him. Those words gave us comfort and so we chose Journeys to Peace.
Dr Smith provides the veterinary service and administers the medications, but over and above the act itself, offered my family the gift of calm. Several stressful circumstances were happening as she arrived, and her very centered, focused, soft spoken aspect brought a stillness to the room and provided the soothing, gentle moments that Shadow earned and deserved.
It was with great sorrow that we said goodbye, but with great feelings of certainty that we set him free in the best way under the best circumstances and with the very, very best person at our sides. We miss him desperately, and yet we all agree that Dr Smith gave us the gift of an extraordinary parting. Thank you to Journeys to Peace and Dr Smith for everything.” The S. Family
‘In hard times
that seem to have no end
nothing beats the thoughtfulness
of an extraordinary friend.
Your kind heart
and helping hand
along with patient listening
and ability to understand
made a burden
I thought impossible to bare
fade into something conquerable,
because you were there.’
“A poem to honor Dr Smith for her distinguished professionalism. Kiko 2003-2021” Ernie and Ed
“We are so grateful for the compassionate care Dr Smith gave to our dear pup. She is thorough, compassionate, and safe in her protocols. It was a blessing to have her help our pup and us thorough the transition. In a difficult time she is a guiding, calm, voice of reason.” The H. Family
“When my dog Ginny was diagnosed with metastasized Hemangiosarcoma, we knew the end was near and that we would want to make her last moments in the comfort of her own home. I called Dr Smith and she spent ample time and care answering all of my questions. I really appreciated her time, given that there was no way to know whether or not we would use her services at that time.
When Ginny woke up one morning, we could see that she was feeling worse and worse and was starting to suffer. We knew the end was near and did not want her to be in pain of suffer needlessly. I called Dr Smith in a panic, she returned my call immediately, and showed up at our doorstep within a few hours. Dr Smith took the time and care necessary to put us at ease with the process, and was especially kind to my two teenage daughters. Ginner was able to be at peace, and we were given all of the time necessary to say our goodbyes.
It’s terrible to lose your constant companion and dear friend. But, I grieve a little less knowing that she went so peacefully, in her home where she was so loved. She deserved this last gift – the gift of a peaceful passing – and I am so grateful to Dr Smith for coming so quickly and putting her out of her pain and suffering. This must be a difficult job, but such an important one.
Thank you Dr Smith. I know you won’t be offended if I say that I hope I won’t see you again for a long time – but when the time finally does come, you will be the one I call. Thank you for taking care of my sweet Ginny.” Syna B.
“We cannot say enough nice things about Dr Smith – from the moment she called we felt her compassion – when she came to our home she put us at peace with this difficult decision. To have our dog in her home in her final moments was beyond special. Dr Smith showed tremendous love and compassion for her and we cannot thank her enough for everything.” Alison and Mark S.
“I cannot thank Dr Smith enough for the beautiful, gentle passing she provided for my darling Sugarbear. Sugar was a therapy dog. She comforted many people in her lifetime. It was only fair that she have the very best comfort when her time came. Dr Smith provided that with dignity and grace. She is authentic, respectful and an Angel of Mercy. In addition to her expert care of Sugar, her thoughtfulness to me and my family was above and beyond. From her comforting phone calls to the personal condolence card she sent me afterwards, all was top notch. I am forever grateful to her.” Carolyn S.
“Dr Smith helped our family through the very difficult last few days of our dog’s life with great compassion and professionalism. Dr Smith was always available by phone and text to tell us how to keep him comfortable for his final days and was very flexible with rescheduling our home visit appointment twice. We were very comfortable with placing our pet in Dr Smith’s hands on his last day and thank her for her kind service.” The R. Family
“During this most difficult time, Dr Smith was available to speak with us, answer any questions we had for our beloved dog, Cody. She was extremely professional from the moment she came into our home. She listened to us talk about Cody and gave us as much time as we needed with him. We are so glad we made the decision to have her in our home during this most difficult time. Thank you, Dr Smith!” The P. Family
“It has taken me awhile to be able to sit and write about our experience with Dr Smith. The loss of our boy Blacktail was beyond painful, but having Robyn helped us so much. Dr Smith is beyond patient and kind and the work she does helps so many people say goodbye to their beloved pets. We lost our boy in June of 2020 and we still can’t believe he is gone. We then lost our girl Lucy in October. The joy that animals bring to our lives cannot be replaced by anything else. Dr Smith brings a calmness to the experience and being able to be at home was a real gift, also I must say this was during COVID and Robyn was the only person who would even talk to me abnout coming to our home to put our boy to sleep. We will forever by grateful for your kindness, Dr Smith. You are an angel here on earth. Thank you for your service.” Susan and Ray P.
“Dr Smith was wonderful from the moment she walked into the door to the moment she left. We talked, she listened as we rambled about our boy Tuni. We shared silly quirks of his along with his likes and dislikes. Dr Smith listened like a friend with a warm heart. There was no rushing to do what needed to be done. She then explained the process and helped us to accept with the fact we made the right decision at the right time even though it was the hardest decision we had to make. We highly recommend Dr Smith.” Thomas & Nour
“Thank you for being there for us and Rocky. You were truly a blessing and gave us the best experience possible. We are forever grateful for the peaceful send off we gave Rocky and know he was so comfortable having you around. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Dina and James F.
“I am so grateful for reaching out to Dr. Smith in our time of need. Her response was prompt, supportive and informative. I never knew there were home services for end of life care for pets. It certainly was the best option for myself and my family. Dr. Smith’s approach was not only kind but reassuring and validating especially when I was unsure if this was the right thing to do. Despite our mourning, I feel a sense of relief that my Cheerio had the support and love surrounding him during his peaceful transition to his next journey. Thank you Dr. Smith. You were such a gracious presence in my home and I will always remember with peace in my heart. Thank you.” The P. Family
“Dr Smith was wonderful. It was one of the worst days of my life, and she was so understanding, and never made us feel rushed. She was so gentle with our sweet Juno, and Juno wasn’t frightened. That meant everything to me.” Pam C.
“I want to thank you for taking care of sweet Ricky and the S. family. Mrs. S. said you were wonderful and she highly recommended you. They are such a sweet family and I am glad he was able to pass peacefully at home.” Dr. M. (Ricky’s primary veterinarian)
“We want to thank you again for the gracious and compassionate care you provided Lucy and our family during her final hours. Your services gave us exactly the kind of peaceful passing we wanted her to experience, and we are so grateful. I meant a lot to us that Lucy was able to spend her last hours in the comfort of her own home with her family instead of in an unfamiliar pet hospital with strange staff. Especially now during Covid, we appreciate the extra precautions you’re forced to take to continue to offer this important service to already distressed families and their pets. We cannot begin to express the level of gratitude we have for you.” Andrea & Ryan C.
“We cannot thank Dr. Smith enough for her kind and compassionate care for our beloved Pippin. But more importantly, her understanding of our needs as a family for our puppy DayZ to make peace with Pippin’s passing was admirable. She made a very difficult time comfortable for all.” T and Jay B.
“We cannot thank you enough for your kind and compassionate care you gave to Leo as well as to us. You created a peaceful transition for us all as Leo made his way.” Trudy C.
“We were taken by surprise by how our 10-yr old pittie, Tara, stopped walking within 1 week. We knew that day would come but not as quickly as it did. Despite the short notice and COVID limitations, we were so grateful for Dr. Smith. She was able to accommodate our urgent need to see our girl pass on peacefully at home.
Thank you Dr. Smith for your compassion and understanding, for keeping it light-hearted, for explaining the process even though our hearts were aching, and for welcoming our other senior dog, Tasia, to say good-bye to her adopted sister.
It might be the hardest decision to make, but it does bring peace to them and us to know that they crossed over the bridge surrounded by our love and in the caring hands of Dr. Smith. Thank you again!” Nadia and Jeff H.
“I wanted to thank you for your kindness by sending us a card and the charm. It really meant a lot. Thank you for everything. I couldn’t have asked for a more sensitive and kind person to help me say good-bye to Miss Shady. Stay well & thank you again.”
“Our beloved family dog recently received a diagnosis in which the veterinarian suggested that he be put to rest, as his condition was advanced to the point that he could pass at any moment. It came as a shock to us and we were extremely distraught and the fear of him passing at the vet’s office in a state of panic did not sit well with our family. We decided to reach out to a number of mobile veterinary services, but none could accommodate us until later the following week. We were finally referred to Dr. Smith who, even though it was an hour and a half away from her typical work territory, stated that she could accommodate our wishes. She arrived and carefully explained the process. She was gentle and he went calmly to sleep. As many know, losing a pet is always a difficult experience, but she exhibited compassion and professionalism throughout the process. We miss our Abner, but we feel very fortunate to have let him go in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his loved ones. We are thankful to have found Dr. Smith.” Katie A.
“We cannot thank Dr Smith enough for her total support, caring nature and understanding. You made our beautiful German Shepherd Lexie’s last minutes on this earth so calming, and peaceful. We hugged Lexie and told her how much we loved her as she was passing over the rainbow bridge; she also kissed us back as she gracefully made the final step over. The total experience although heartbreaking was something I will never forget as Dr Smith was so caring with us and Lexie ensuring we understood what would happen and when. I have no hesitation to recommend to anyone that loves their darling pets and has to make this heartbreaking choice to euthanize them…. Dr Smith will ensure the most dignified, peaceful journey to heaven.
Thank you with all our hearts.” C. Family
“When our family had to make a decision for end of life care for our cat, Gemma, we were already acquainted with Dr. Smith as she has provided home veterinary care for our cats for several years. She is a phenomenal veterinarian and the difficult but so important work she is now doing is a perfect fit. I encourage anyone who has a failing pet to reach out for Dr. Smith. While Gemma is gone, her passing was comfortable and loving and it was such a relief that Dr. Smith was able to guide our family through this experience. Words are truly insufficient to express our gratitude.” Alice L.
“Thank you so much for making possible a peaceful death for Orlando. Your home service is a blessing even with the awkwardness of social distancing. Euthanasia of a cat at the vet is better than letting the cat die in pain but far less than optimum. Orlando hated riding to the vet and he hated to be around strangers. Knowing you would be available the next day, we were able to take Orlando home [from the hospital], hang out together on the sofa for the evening and sleep together. Morning and evening he had a plate of boiled shrimp, his favorite food. When you arrived, he was too sedated to be upset. We and the other cats were able to come to terms with his death with his body present over the course of the afternoon. At the end of the day we buried Orlando beside his two best friends. Thank you so much and stay well.” Melinda M.