Animal and Pet Loss Bereavement Ceremonies

When a person you love dies, it’s natural to feel sorrow, express grief, and expect support and comfort from friends and family. Unfortunately, the same doesn’t always hold true if the one who died was your beloved pet. There are those who may trivialize, or even consider inappropriate, the grief associated with the loss of a companion animal

Nothing could be further from the truth. 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 and 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 funeral celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, and a member of the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, I will collaborate with you and your family in an unhurried personal meeting as we work together to create a loving, personal tribute to your pet according to your wishes. As a pet lover myself, I know that nothing can take away the grief we experience from such a loss, but a genuine, well-prepared tribute to your pet eases the pain.