I've been handling the "end" of Opal far better than expected. There has been no doubt that this was the right thing to do and if at all possible, pet euthanasia within your own home is the best choice. I was very lucky to have a vet that provided that option for us.
I have one bit of important advice for those of you approaching the possibility of euthanizing your pet... Always ask the vet about the procedure itself. If they do not use a sedative before administering the anesthesia and Euthanal, then look for someone else.
An IV site must be started which can, understandably, be very uncomfortable and frightening for your pet. Administering a sedative before the "lethal injection" allows your beloved pet to relax, forget about the "IV start" and be in a very happy place. This also gives you time for final hugs, kisses and all the things you need to tell your sweet companion.
While giving a sedative to an animal before euthanasia certainly seems like the most humane and completely logical thing to do, not all vets will follow this procedure. Trust me, this important step will mean all the difference in the quality of this experience for both you and your precious pet.