Grieving the loss of a pet is a normal response and a very individual one. One important difference between pet loss and human loss is that pet loss is often not appreciated. Friends and family may ask “What’s the big deal? It’s just a pet!” There is also the assumption by many that pet loss shouldn’t hurt as much as human loss, because humans are supposedly more important than pets.
The truth is that all losses, animal or human, can plunge you into despair and may signal the beginning of a profound spiritual-emotional journey. Like grief for humans, grief for animal companions can only be dealt with over time and in stages.
Goodbye Is Never Easy: Pet Grief Workshop is an on-going pet grief workshop which includes an extensive 122-page PDF manual with meditations, therapeutic journaling and pet memorial ceremony via distance. This is an interactive workshop with telephone conference calls for support, meditations and pet memorial ceremony plus email healing "assignments." This workshop investment is only $75.
We have our pet grief support, whereby we honor each other and our pets, at the St. Tammany Humane Society at 20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, LA.
Outdoor Pet Memorial with Labyrinth Walk: We offer a community outdoor pet memorial with labyrinth walk in the spring of each year at St. Michael's Episcopal outdoor memorial garden - 4499 Sharp Road in Mandeville, Louisiana. Pets are always welcome. The next memorial is currently being planned for Sunday, March15 at 2:00pm.
Pet Memorials: Many religions tell us we need to be compassionate. We need to be kind. We need to provide unconditional love to all. If that is the standard by which we are to be judged – pets must be the role models for us to follow. Typically, a pet memorial is held at the person's home and in the backyard. Often, the pet has been pre-buried or has been cremated and this is a ceremonial time to inter the pet's ashes. There is a formatted funeral that is followed which can include family pet remembrances and a memory candle lighting.
Pet Memorials are serious and very healing for the bereaved loved ones especially children. Donations are appreciated, but not required. As pastor, I can offer you a sacred service for your beloved pet. For more information, please contact me below or by calling 985-373-2321.
Member of the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
Caffy was found one very hot August day as a teeny kitten. I picked her up and looked to see if there were any other kittens - there were none. I took her immediately to a veterinarian who warned me to not get attached, she will most likely not pull through. The vet started an IV drip because she was so incredibly dehydrated. The next morning, I called and Caffy was still alive. Again, the vet warned to not get attached because a teeny kitten that young out in the dreadful heat with no means of fluid will certainly have kidneys that are taxed and damaged. Euthanasia was mentioned. I picked her up and brought her home.
For seventeen years, Caffy slept on my head every single night. For seventeen years, Caffy was my meditation partner. For seventeen years, Caffy was my companion, my cat, my confidante. For seventeen years, I was blessed with her life and love. Caffy did die due to kidney failure - 17 years after her rescue. How do I thank a precious cat for giving me so much in that short amount of time? Seventeen years was not enough.