Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alecia Du Charme, DVM"Dr. Alecia gives the best hugs. She was very compassionate and loving."Heidi JorgensonMount Prospect, IllinoisMarch 30, 2017Rocky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was simply wonderful with us yesterday. I was very emotional, and Dr. Kristina was caring, sensitive, and even shared some laughs with us. She was flexible, as I asked to carry Taffy from our house to her car after she had passed, and Dr. Kristina welcomed that. Taffy's passing seemed graceful, easy, peaceful, loving, and comfortable thanks to her. Taffy probably would have picked Dr. Kristina and this Lap of Love method if she were able to talk to us. Thank you, Dr. Kristina! You made our pain and healing that much easier."Anna WeinsteinWilmette, IllinoisMarch 30, 2017Taffy Apple's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"I had to make the most difficult decision of my life for my sweet Max three days ago. I can't believe how wonderful and compassionate these people are and how calming Dr. Kristina was for me and my sweet Maxwell. Max was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago and had one chemo treatment, but it didn't seem to be working. He stopped eating and in my heart I knew another chemo treatment would be just too hard on him. He was 13.

Dr. Kristina confirmed I was making the right choice and explained in detail why when she examined him. The relief I felt knowing I was making the right decision for my boy calmed me down and I knew I was giving my precious boy a wonderful gift. Believe me, I wasn't sure I could do it. How much I was going to miss him sleeping on my head each night and greeting me at the door each day, plus many other wonderful things I'm missing at this moment. I called Lap of Love and Dr. Kristina was out at my home the next day. I was so moved how calming and peaceful this whole process was from start to finish. There was no stress for Max and he went knowing his mom was right by his side. Hysterical, but by his side.

These people are a godsend and I would highly recommend not going to vet for this - I never will again.

Thank you Lap of Love for making this difficult time a little bit easier and I know Max thanks you as well.

See you at the bridge Max.

Thank you Dr. Kristina so so much.

Kristy KrejciChicago, IllinoisMarch 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina made it so much easier for me to let go of Kicius. She was very warm and kind, very professional.
She took time to write beautiful eulogy about Kicius. I'm forever greatful and will never forget it.
Thank You!"
Beata KlakChicago, IllinoisMarch 21, 2017Kicius's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"From start to finish the entire team at Lap of Love was kind and compassionate. When Dr. Kristina arrived she was so calming and nice. She explained everything but was also very discreet and careful not to take away from the moment as she performed her work.

I HIGHLY recommend this service for the comfort of your pet and family. Our dog was able to safe at home, on her bed in her last moments.
Thank you so much for making this experience as easy as possible."
Katie RennerOak Park, IllinoisMarch 16, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"While it was a very difficult decision to put my beagle Barney to sleep, Dr. Kristina did a wonderful job at making the ordeal as painless as possible and explaining all the options. Thankfully, I could tell that Barney was never in any discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Kristina could not have been more compassionate, professional, and understanding. Thank you, Lap of Love."Keith TadrowskiChicago, IllinoisMarch 10, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina could not have been more wonderful, loving and supportive. Thank you, Dr. Kristina, for your big, compassionate, loving heart."Louanne FriesChicago, IllinoisMarch 9, 2017Kylie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Thank you, Lap of Love, especially Dr. Kristina, for making Ringo's passing peaceful and comfortable in our home. It was the most difficult decision that we've ever had to make. We are grateful for your service and for being so compassionate as we said good bye to our Ringo."Linda VadenLisle, IllinoisMarch 8, 2017Ringo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"Words can’t begin to express how touched I was by Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love. When we were faced with the difficult decision to choose a service for our beloved Brutus it was nearly impossible. Who can I trust? Does the doctor have any compassion? Just some of the questions I was contemplating when forced to make such a terrible decision. It was Sunday morning when most veterinarian clinics are closed. Cancer and chemotherapy hospitalized Brutus for 24 hours. Upon discharge Brutus was completely dehydrated and refused to eat for 4 days. Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love responded to my call within a few hours Sunday evening. Unfortunately we lost Brutus before I could talk to her. After speaking with Dr. Juliana, I was completely amazed with her compassion for our family during this difficult time. Dr. Juliana took it a step further with a hand written card and completely confirmed my first impression of her and our conversation. I didn’t think someone could be so kind and compassionate for someone they never met. With just a short conversation and a card Dr. Juliana with Lap of Love has truly touched me forever."Mo BrachBartlett, IllinoisMarch 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was a calming presence from the moment she stepped through our door. She was well informed about the particulars of Sparky's case and assured me that I was making the right decision. I really appreciated that she told me that without being asked. From there, she calmly and smoothly took us through the process. Although she kept things moving along, I never felt like we were being rushed. She showed a genuine interest in Sparky and asked us lots of questions about him. She also explained to us what she was doing each step of the way and what Sparky would be feeling. All in all, Dr. Kristina made a very difficult experience about as positive as it could possibly be. Thank you Dr. Kristina - we are so grateful that you were with us that night."Julie DonatelliPark Ridge, IllinoisMarch 7, 2017Sparky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was so compassionate and loving during this very difficult and sad time for our family. Even when my husband called her to say that it was time, she was reassuring and patient with our indecision. When she came to our home, Gracie didn't even wag her tail or acknowledge her when Dr. Kristina spoke to her so she explained that this too was a sign that Gracie was suffering and "ready" to go. It was very hard to watch Gracie die but knowing that she was in her favorite spot surrounded by her loving family, made the process easier. Dr. Kristina spoke quietly and lovingly to Gracie as she explained what would happen and then let us hug and pet Gracie until we were ready to let her take Gracie away. We can't thank her enough!!!!!"carol Hoefercrystal lake, IllinoisMarch 6, 2017Gracie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"After 19 years of companionship, the time had come. This was the first time I had to euthanize a pet and I was very anxious about the process. I found the Lap of Love website so helpful. It answered most of my questions surrounding this sad time.
But Dr. Kristina was the real gift...she came right when we were scheduled and explained everything so clearly. She helped Kitty move painlessly and peacefully from life to death. She is an extremely gifted veterinarian but also a gifted human being. I could not have asked for more...she gave our beautiful Kitty a peaceful transition and was very sensitive to how difficult this is for us owners.. Dr. Kristina, please continue to share your gift with others who are going through this difficult time. I hope you know how much I appreciated all you did for Kitty and for me."
Sue OlsenDankerOak Park, IllinoisFebruary 10, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"Pet euthanasia service is something that you never desire to use although it is often times inevitable when you have a pet. After our beloved lab mix, Logan, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, we knew that our time together would be a few short months at most. We knew when that dreaded day came that we would have to say goodbye to our "dog child" that it would not be easy. Our hearts told us that the only way to spend our final moments together would be in the comforts of home with him surrounded by his toys and loved ones. After contacting a number of veterinarians that offered at-home service, Lap of Love was by far the most responsive and patient with our questions and concerns.
When the day came that Logan gave us the indication that he had lived life to the fullest and that he was ready to cross the rainbow bridge, we contacted Lap of Love. Dr. Michelle greeted us with a warm embrace and she could tell that it was an incredibly emotional day for our family. Her compassion and loving care with Logan was helpful to allow him to be comfortable with a stranger. She was patient with us while we embraced our treasured last moments with him. Dr. Michelle was a great listener as we told her Logan's life story. Before she began the sedation process, she let us have as much time as we needed with him to say our final goodbyes.
Dr. Michelle gave us step-by-step details of what she was doing until she informed us that his heart had finally stopped (which he held out as long as he could). She was genuine in her understanding about how terribly difficult this situation was for us. Her ability to express empathy and sympathy really helped us when we needed it the most. Dr. Michelle somehow made this excruciatingly painful process a little more bearable.
After the process was over, she provided us with a wealth of information about dealing with pet loss which was very helpful. We are grateful for her taking as much time as we needed, before, during and after the process to help us deal with the situation. To our surprise, later that day we received a eulogy from Dr. Michelle via email (and again later via mail). Unbeknownst to us, during those final moments Dr. Michelle had listened intently to everything we had said about Logan's life. She discussed many of the highlights of his life along with how much he was loved and how he will be forever missed. As hard as it was to read, she did a phenomenal job and it's something we'll forever cherish. It truly takes a special person to do what she does and she does it well.
Losing a family member is never easy although Lap of Love allowed us to say goodbye in a loving environment. Although there is never a happy ending in this situation, being able to spend those final moments with a dog we so dearly loved in the peace and comfort of his home producing the least amount of stress on all of us most importantly to him, is something we feel very fortunate to have had access to. Thank you Lap of Love for all that you do and for your follow through on how we're doing. Your services make this world a better place."
Jocelyn Zolna-PittsChicago, IllinoisFebruary 10, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was wonderful. She took great care of our dear Lily and was very comforting to us. I am very grateful for the care she showed our girl and the empathy she shared with us."Roxanne BristowGurnee, IllinoisFebruary 5, 2017Lily's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Our family is ever grateful to Dr. Kristina for her help in setting our cat Roy free from his pain. She was a very patient and caring, and we are so fortunate to have had such a kind soul to help our best friend."Terriann SternidayChicago, IllinoisFebruary 1, 2017Roy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina could not have been more helpful during this horrible time. She gently guided us through and was incredibly respectful of the heartbreak we were experiencing. She never met Riley before but treated him as if she knew how special he was. Thank you, Lap of Love, for making this a bit easier."Teresa VahlLake Bluff, IllinoisJanuary 27, 2017Riley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was so supportive and caring in proceeding with the body care portion of the service, and I was so touched by her remembering all the things I had told her of Ruskin and recounting these things in her post on Lap of Love's FB page in her tribute to Ruskin. Also impressive was how quickly she arrived and calling in advance to estimate exact time of arrival, and how understanding Lap of Love was in general regarding previous cancelled appointments (after Ruskin had a couple of unexpected brief improvements). I would highly recommend Dr. Kristina. I never felt rushed, and felt that I could be myself and grieve in my own way while she was here. Lap of Love is a truly professional service and Dr. Kristina a caring and professional vet, and they all made a very difficult time much more bearable. And my wife and I have nothing but good things to say about the private cremation services that we received the next day from Lap of Love's partner, Family's Pet Cremation. It was very dignified and compassionate. Not once did we feel like we were being sold a product. Rather we were given sincere consideration and time to grieve, and they were flexible in working with us as regards scheduling of any included or extra services we purchased (in our case, in addition to pickup, we elected to purchase viewing rights, which was very important for us, since my wife could only be there for that and thus hadn't had an earlier chance to say goodbye to Ruskin). They had a very nice small viewing room similar to a funeral parlor, which really helped to provide dignity and closure to the whole experience."Brian SweneyChicago, IllinoisJanuary 15, 2017Ruskin's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Juliana Lyles, DVM"In our time of need for our sweet, sweet Abbie - Lap of Love was there for us. Nikki promptly returned our call and we were able to arrange an appointment for the following day. Dr. Juliana was punctual, professional, compassionate and she understood the anguish we were feeling. Dr. Juliana thoroughly explained the procedure in such a calm, respectful manner that even I was calm and somehow felt better. Sweet, sweet Abbie passed in a calm, relaxed, serene state with both of us by her side. I would highly recommend anyone reading this heart-felt testimonial who is facing this difficult situation to call Lap of Love. Please let them help YOU and your beloved pet. Thank you Dr. Juliana for all that you do. God Bless."Kevin & Tracy HughesWaukegan, IllinoisJanuary 5, 2017Abbie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"We first had a consultation with Dr. Kristina, and we were blessed to work with Dr. Kristina and her team for about a month. Dr. Kristina, as well as Nikki and Karina, provided us with the compassion, expertise, patience, and accessibility we had been needing for so long. We felt supported in our care for our beloved Emma. When Emma's health began to decline quickly, Dr. Kristina was instrumental in helping us make our decision. When it came time to say goodbye, we felt comfortable with her joining us during one of the most intimate and difficult experiences of our life. Emma was in good hands, and she left us peacefully thanks to her. We'll forever be grateful to Dr. Kristina and her team."Shannon EllisChicago, IllinoisDecember 27, 2016Emma's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Kristina was so good during this entire process. We felt sad of course, but completely comforted."Mia McGloinChicago, IllinoisDecember 19, 2016Pippi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina is the perfect, warm, caring clinician. She gently moved things along without overwhelming us, and she showed great compassion towards our family and beloved Java. This was the best possible experience for our dog and the whole family."Diane Worobec-SerratosCHICAGO, IllinoisDecember 12, 2016Java's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"Dr. Kristina was so kind and professional in the process of letting Bailey go. She explained everything thoroughly, was patient and so compassionate. I'm so grateful that Bailey was in a peaceful setting with me for his last moments."Sheryl LarsonChicago, IllinoisNovember 29, 2016Bailey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"I cannot express in words how much I appreciated Dr. Kristina's patience, understanding and kindness.
She showed true compassion for my family and my dear Lucy who barely noticed the beginning of her transition to the the rainbow bridge.
I would unquestionably refer her to anyone considering the inevitable, and will never euthanize a pet any other way than this much less stressful way.
Thank you again, you made this tragedy so much more bearable.

Jill Gloger"
Jill GlogerChicago, IllinoisNovember 1, 2016
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"We can't thank Dr. Kristina enough for the help she gave us and to Ricky in assisting him in his transition to the other side. She did not try to offer phony sugar-coated words but told us how comfortable and happy Ricky would be after the first injection. He was taking his afternoon nap, but stood up after getting that shot, surprised to see us all there around him. Dr. Kristina gave him some truly yummy hickory smoked treats which Ricky wolfed down eagerly, and we knew that gave him great pleasure. He quickly dropped to the bed as the tranquillizer took effect, and lay on his side for several minutes, in total bliss. Again, it comforted us for Dr. Kristina to tell us how great Ricky felt at that moment. We know that when he passed away with the second injection, he was at total peace. Again, thank you so very much, Dr. Kristina, for your loving help."David OlsonLake Forest, IllinoisOctober 30, 2016Ricky's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"I heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kristina for her compassion and patience on the hardest day of our lives. She was absolutely wonderful explaining everything and letting us take as long as we needed with our beloved Larry. It's amazing how you can feel instantly at ease with someone you've never met before -- and on the day when you're at your worst. That's a gift. Thank you."Christina HoffmannChicago, IllinoisOctober 22, 2016
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