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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“Over a year ago my 12 year old dog George was diagnosed with a splenic mass. That evening I reached out to Dr. Smith on the recommendation of a friend as the prognosis was dire. She responded almost immediately to answer my questions and made herself available for the next 13 months (my boy was not ready to go!) to support my husband, my pup and me through this journey.
Yesterday morning we said goodbye to George and I will never be able to thank Dr. Smith enough for the comfort she provided George and us as he passed.
My beautiful boy crossed the rainbow bridge in his bed at home with his family….little sister included, at his side, snuggling him.
Dr. Smith is knowledgeable, empathetic and loving. She supports and advises a family when they have to make the hardest decision they may ever have to make. My heart is broken but I am so grateful that we were able to give our sweet George a peaceful passing. Thank you Dr. Smith. ” Beth T.
“Dr Smith is absolutely compassionate in caring for your loved ones in need.
We had an emergency on a weekend and Dr Smith was the only one who would come. She was wonderful.
Thank you for giving us peace with saying goodbye to our Rocky.” Lucia I.
My family and I don’t really know how to put our appreciation for you into words. We can’t thank you enough for helping to make this incredibly difficult goodbye so peaceful. The care and compassion you showed Meeko and my family will never be forgotten and forever appreciated. It takes a special kind of person to provide this service and you were more than we could have hoped for. Meeko will always be loved and remembered. We thank you so much for giving him the most peaceful and dignified goodbye. We are forever grateful to you.” Tracy T.
“We said goodbye to my best friend Tucker on March 14, 2023. Dr. Smith made sure he was comfortable and we had time to say goodbye in our own way. She sat and listened to our stories about how we met him and our time with him. I never felt rushed or hurried. I appreciate all the time she took to just sit and listen. Even before the day she came to our house, Dr. Smith spent a long time on the phone with me answering all my questions and helping me address Tucker’s needs.” Eric S.
“In a very difficult time Dr. Smith was extremely professional and comforting. Not only to my wife and I but also to our Bella. I would like to thank her and highly recommend her services.” Thomas B.
“Dr. Smith was so calming and soothing and very respectful and aware of the grief and loss we were dealing with. The services she provided were exactly what we wanted for our GOODEST BOY SCOUT. He was calm and comfortable and she walked us through every step. Her tone and demeanor helped us realize we were doing the right thing. There’s no better gift we could have given Scout during his last days. Right at home, in his favorite place, with his favorite people. Rest easy Scouty. Thank you Dr. Smith.” Erica W.
“This was one of the hardest things my family and I have ever went through. Our precious girl was suffering. Dr. Smith was loving and very compassionate with our girl as she crossed over. This service was private and respectful. Thank so much Dr. Smith for everything and the beautiful card.” Beverly P.
“Dear Robyn: you are an angel. Thank you for making our Catie’s journey to God’s hands peaceful. She is now not going to be in any pain and yes, our hearts are broken, but thanks to you we know our girl is running around heaven with a yellow tennis ball in her mouth. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE WORK YOU DO.”
Carole and Bill P.
“Dr. Smith was such an amazing person to have in the last moments of Berkley’s life. She has such a calming presence and you can tell she truly values the service she offers to grieving families. I couldn’t have wished for a more calming, peaceful transition for our 13.5 year old lab. Berkley gave us the world and Dr. Smith provided such a dignified passing for her. She passed in her home, on her couch, with her kitty siblings and family around her.” Hunter I.
“Dear Dr Smith, Thank you so much for helping me allow Ling Ling to pass comfortably at home in her favorite spot. She took a piece of my heart when she left and I miss her tremendously, but I take a bit of solace in her graceful exit. Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful card. Your kindness means a great deal to me. I agree that LL’s sunbeam was a bit magical. I am deeply grateful for the work you do. Warmest regards…” Jennifer B.
“Dr Smith was amazing!
I’m so happy to have found her and wouldn’t have been happy with anything less. To be able to have my Jilly (cocker spaniel) home on her bed surrounded by us as she took her last breath.
She sat with us on the floor and listened to my stories as I went on and on about my girl. She was gentle and soft spoken. A sympathy card was received in the mail with her condolences.
Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
Thank you so much” The G. Family
“It’s been over 6 months since we made the difficult decision to call Dr. Smith to help our beloved Eddie journey to peace. We were devastated by the loss of our Eddie Bear to cancer 2 days before his 14th birthday. He was the absolute sweetest cat with the kindest eyes. Dr. Smith not only showed us kindness and compassion during the process but she also made sure Eddie’s brother Crash was comfortable too before we all said goodbye. I could not have imagined a more peaceful, loving setting thanks to Dr. Smith. She’s an angel on earth that helped guide us through a heart breaking moment. Dr. Smith, we truly appreciate all you have done for our family.” Donna, Bill & Crash
“Robyn has done a remarkable job. She’s very comforting and respectful. She made Roxy’s journey a beautiful, peaceful one.” Rob T.
“Dr Smith was very caring, patient, and compassionate as she helped us say goodbye to our precious boy George. She was without a doubt the right choice for this difficult time.” Jennifer and Matt H.
“Dr. Smith is a beautiful person with a beautiful soul… she knew how hard it was for our family to make this decision… having our dog surrounded by her family was such a blessing to us… She ate her last cupcake and went peacefully… Dr. Smith was amazing.” Laura L.
“We recently made the difficult decision to let our beloved dog, Daisy, go after more than 15 years of love, cuddles and so many, many kisses. After Daisy was diagnosed with Cognitive Dementia over a year ago, I reached out to Dr. Smith for guidance. She has been an incredible partner throughout this journey and has provided us with support, advice and a great deal of patience and kindness. Dr. Smith helped us to preserve Daisy’s dignity, and enabled us to give our sweet girl a peaceful and meaningful passing. No one wants to make this excruciating decision, but when the time comes, I can’t think of anyone that I would rather have by my side than Dr. Smith.” Judy K.
“The only way it was going to be possible for us to provide a dignified and peaceful journey for our sweet boy was at home and with someone that was willing to understand all that was needed to make this most impossible moment possible. Dr. Smith was so perfect, as soon as I met her outside to discuss the process, I said, you are perfect for my boy – you won’t make him nervous or upset. I knew that, because I knew him, I knew him for 13 years. My husband and I rescued Laird when he was 7 months old, he was afraid of humans for the most part so all we did was show him so much love and kept him safe from whatever worried him – what an amazing and joyous life we had with him, he made us better humans. And for that, we made sure his last moments were calm, peaceful and surrounded by so much love you could feel it in the room. Thank you for his journey to peace Dr. Smith. We will never forget you.” Trish + Mike (parents of the best dog ever, Laird Champ S. Sept 2009 – Sept 2022).
“Dr Smith was very caring and compassionate during one of the most difficult decisions we had to make for our beloved Roxie. We’re thankful that we were able to say goodbye to Roxie in our home in a very peaceful manner. Thank you Dr Smith for making this process a little bit easier.” Chris M.
“Dr Smith made saying goodbye and putting our loving family dog Bella to rest better. Having her come to my home made the experience special and comforting for Bella in her last moments. I knew it wasn’t an easy process but being at home, it was right where I know Bella would have wanted to be. Thank you sooo very much for the work and comfort you bring to the animals and families.” Nicole C.
“Dear Dr Smith
Thank u from the bottom of my heart for all the care and consideration and heartfelt way u helped my Sammy who was ready to go but needed a little help from you. U came to my house when u said u would and called often to let me know u were on ur way and coordinated everything with Pet Meadow for cremation. I am crying as I write to u about Sammy and thank God there are Vets like u who really care.
Thank u” Dolores H.
“Our family had to put to sleep our dog Lucy of 17 years. Dr. Smith came to our home to assist in Lucy’s passing and Dr. Smith’s services are a blessing. She is informative, professional and extremely compassionate. I would recommend her to any family should you need her services. Thank you.” Jeff S.
“This has taken me months to write….Dr. Smith was truly amazing in our time of need. My precious baby was almost 15 and we knew her time was approaching. Dr. Smith came in and spoke with us and helped my old lady cross the rainbow bridge – she was professional, caring,
“Thanks so much for helping Lola go to her final resting place. Being at our home and in our arms when Lola took her last breath was the way we wanted her to be treated. Thank you” Nancy H.
“I cannot fully express our gratitude. Dr. Smith provided our family with the peaceful, painless, and loving closure we needed for our almost 12-year-old Golden, Albie. Dr. Smith spoke at length by phone two weeks beforehand, helping us process what we were facing (a fast growing tumor). She offered ideas for how our young children could start to say goodbye and signs that the time might be near. Because of Dr. Smith, we were able to see when it was time to call her to our home and we spent the day before our appointment as a family, loving Albie and giving him everything he could ever want. This also allowed our other Golden, a ten-year-old, to be near Albie and process his own ending. Giving Albie this moment in the sunshine in his own backyard with our other dog nearby (and kids at grandparents’) was the last gift we could give him, and Dr. Smith made that possible with absolute kindness and care. No urgent trips to a vets office in a crisis as we had done before for our pets. Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Smith, though I’m sorry you’re faced with such a decision.” Katie S.