Who we are and how we got here

Initially started as Kristi Freeman, DVM, Inc. in 2002, we became San Diego’s first full time exclusive mobile euthanasia and hospice practice.

In 2013, we added a clinic, changed the name to Graceful Departure Pet Center, and became San Diego’s first brick and mortar End-of-Life clinic and also offered San Diego’s first eco-friendly cremation option.

In 2017 we became certified as Fear Free℠ Professionals. Adding Fear Free℠ techniques gave an additional level of comfort and stress reduction to the pet by paying attention to their emotional wellbeing.

In 2019, we became the world’s first Fear Free℠ Certified End of Life Practice.

We retained the expertise of Susan Raimond who utilized her knowledge of vibrational science, (also known as biofrequencies and electroceuticals) to bring healing and calmness through the senses when one entered our clinic. The Harp Enrichment Therapy music is unique from all other forms of music because of the harmonics and specific chords which bring healing vibrational wavelengths to each cell of the body. Essential oils were also diffused, which is the quickest way to access the brain to, hopefully, bring a sense of calm and peace.

In 2020, we returned to our roots by closing the storefront/clinic, and offering exclusively mobile euthanasia and hospice appointments.

We strive to be on the cutting edge of science to promote healing in all areas – mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual and provide a peaceful, graceful departure when a cure or your pet’s comfort is no longer possible.


Our Hope Tree

Many of our clients placed a butterfly in memory of their beloved pet on our Hope Tree.

Our Graceful Departure Pet Center Team

Kristi Freeman

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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Susan Raimond

Harp Enrichment Therapist

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Deb McFeely

Essential Oils Consultant


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Carolyne Joseph, PsyD

Psychologist/Chaplain/Pet Loss Support Counselor


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Contact Us:

Phone: (619)741-5366


Mailing Address:
Graceful Departure
3755 Avocado Blvd #438
La Mesa, CA 91941

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone