Ceremonies for Pet Bereavement

People love their pets and consider them members of their family. Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love during the time they share with you. So when your beloved pet dies, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow. If you understand and accept this bond between humans an animals, you’ve already taken the first step toward coping with pet loss: knowing that it is okay to grieve when your pet dies.

A memorial service offers comfort, embraces the grieving process and acknowledges your relationship with your pet. It is a chance to celebrate the life of your pet and to remember all the wonderful times together. It’s an opportunity to share stories, create a memorial space or simply treasure your memories.

As a Celebrant, I collaborate with you and your family in an unhurried personal meeting as you work together to create a loving, personal tribute to your pet according to your wishes. Nothing can take away the grief we experience from such a loss, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute to your pet eases the pain.

Ceremony offers a way to celebrate our pets and animal companions throughout their lifetimes. Whether we mark their arrival into our homes with a family welcoming and naming ceremony or formally honor specially trained service dogs as they retire from their working lives, ceremonies for animal companions give us the opportunity to accept responsibility, bestow a name, pay tribute with storytelling or create a lasting memorial.

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