When a much-loved pet dies it’s like losing a family member.
It’s great and so much fun to have a new puppy, kitten or other young pet join our family but what happens when they inevitably get old and die? Despite our best efforts, children in particular can suffer after the death of a family pet and they need to grieve the loss of their family member. It is a fact of nature that pets have a much shorter life expectancy than we do, so the death of a much-loved pet is something we all get to experience, maybe often, in our lives. A Humanist Ceremony to mark the pet’s passing, without religious tradition, can help alleviate the feelings of sadness and loss by giving respect to nature and the natural world and talking about sweet memories of good times, when the pet was fully well and active. Pets have characters of their own and we can acknowledge and discuss in the ceremony, the pet’s contribution to the family; how they lived with us, shared in family life and how they are loved and will be remembered as family members.
Children who grow up with a pet can feel not only that they have lost a playmate, but also that they have lost a loyal, honest and trustworthy confidant and life companion. It can be just as difficult for an adult to lose a faithful and loyal friend and for that special bond to be broken by the death of a much loved pet.
Let’s celebrate and be thankful that our lives were made that much better by sharing it with our much-loved pets.
The ceremony can be held in the privacy of your own home or at a venue of your choice. It can accompany a burial or scattering of ashes for instance. It can be in a pet cemetery, in your garden, maybe with a commemorative garden statue or simple sign, or it can occur at a venue of your choice, perhaps where your pet loved to walk with you and it can be held before, after or during all the physical disposal details are taken care of. It’s up to you.
“No pet too large or too small – we love them all”
Why a Humanist Pet Memorial Ceremony?
Each ceremony is uniquely written by me after consultation and discussion with the bereaved pet-parents, so as to strike the right chord and be exactly the kind of ceremony that is required by the family. I have a unique flexibility with this.
There can be no meaningful religious ceremony on the death of a pet. However, in my non-religious, Humanist Ceremony I will help you to celebrate your pet’s life, their beauty, uniqueness and the precious way they brought joy, smiles, sometimes heart-ache and laughter into your life. Humanism understands that in nature animals are very closely linked to us in every way, this is why we are so attracted to them and why we find loving and caring for our pets to be so therapeutic, educational and a responsibility that we love. This is something we can acknowledge and celebrate in a Humanist ceremony.
We can also celebrate, in the most meaningful way, their individual character and the charming ways that caused you to choose them as your pet and companion in the first place. Pets love us back unconditionally and we can also celebrate a loving legacy precisely because of their individuality and their nature and the way they demonstrated love for us; their family.
“Heartbreak is life educating us.” ~~~ George Bernard Shaw
If you would like to discuss a pet memorial ceremony to celebrate the life of your pet please call Kathy on: (704) 877-3658.