She is my "why".
In Memory of Rosemary (2002-2010)
Healing Hands Animal Care, and Pet Loss Alchemy were all created because
of the singular love I have for this precious baby, my first child.
- Cara DeLaRosa
Rosemary was my first baby, and was an honor to mother. She was present through many of my life's important and also most challenging times. Rosemary was a very sickly puppy and through it all, she was spectacular. She survived 8 years of constant vet visits, ailments, surgery and medications and never complained. She was (and is) pure sweetness and love.
In 2010 I had to make a speedy and unexpected decision for euthanasia, when Rosie's leg broke from undiagnosed bone cancer. Her death came at a particularly trying time in my life (job loss, divorce, a human death) and felt like "the last straw". It was devastating and difficult to process her loss and I sank into a deep depression. [ If you are reading this and can relate, please know that you are NOT ALONE in this and there is help available for you. I am certified in pet loss and grief companioning. Contact me to discuss how I can help you.
Rosemary's gift was hidden in the trauma of her passing. After taking time to actively mourn her loss and evaluate my life at that time, I found myself questioning my purpose in this world. Every morning upon waking I would ask myself, "What is it, that I want to do with my life? What is going to make me happy?" After quiet introspection, the answer was always the same: over and over my quiet internal voice said, "I want to be around animals every day of my life." Without a doubt, the answer was to follow my joy and create the career of my dreams, focused around animals. So I set about to make that happen!
I relocated cities, enrolled in veterinary technician school, became employed by a local holistic veterinarian, and after gaining hands-on experience launched my own animal care business. My huge-hearted, animal loving husband was eager to join me on this adventure, and in April of 2012 we launched Healing Hands Animal Care.
In 2016 I formally became certified in Pet Loss Companioning by Coleen Ellis at Two Hearts Pet Loss Center. I offer in-home hospice consultations, end of life planning and grief coaching for pet loss.
In 2019 I launched Pet Loss Alchemy, a website and private facebook page to transform the grieving process from sorrow to joy. My path now continues to develop and unfold, guided by the wisdom of the universe.
Rosemary is still with us in spirit and is a daily part of our family conversations. Very recently she visited me in a dream and I was able to hug her and kiss her and have her lick my face again.