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Pet Life Celebration Ritual

Updated on December 3, 2016

Celebrating Your Pet's Life

My tradition, Wicca, does not typically have a funeral ritual. We believe in reincarnation and strive to be happy that our beloved has crossed over to Summerland. This is not always easy to achieve, so let me say first that I am sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is not an easy thing, but celebrating the connection that you and your pet may lessen your grief.

Each pet brings its own unique brand of joy to our lives. Part of celebrating the life of your pet is recognizing that special happiness that your pet gave you. Long after your pet is gone, your memories will invoke its loyal and loving spirit. Celebrating that spirit will help you achieve closure and peace.

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A Book to Help You Deal With the Loss of Your Pet

Grieving your pet is something that you don't have to suffer in silence. The difficulty of getting over losing a pet is now recognized as a legitimate psychological issue. If you are having trouble letting go, try reading this book. Grief that prevents you from leading a normal life should be handled by a professional -- seek therapy if your grief is interfering with your life.

The Loss of a Pet
The Loss of a Pet

This book contains a comprehensive guide to handling the loss of a pet. I liked the fact that some religious leaders contributed their religions beliefs abut pet loss.

 

Arranging the Altar

Arrange your altar with what feels right.
Arrange your altar with what feels right.

There is no right or wrong way to arrange your altar. Use the suggestions below if you wish, but don't be afraid to add touches of your own or to eliminate anything below. Altars are personal - allow yours to reflect you.

Photo by: Monika Weise

Altar Cloth

Use either violet or magenta colored fabric. Natural fabrics, like cotton, are best, but Goddess is not fussy. Violet is the correspondence for spirituality and transition from life to death. Magenta corresponds to letting go, change and transition, and moving to a higher plane. Note: If these colors are not available, white may be substituted. Hold the cloth and imagine it with the characteristics you want it to represent.

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Candles

Again, use either violet or magenta, or both. Note: If these colors are not available, white may be substituted. Hold the candle and imagine it with the characteristics you want it to represent.

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Incense - Only one of these types needs to be used.

Frankincense – used for rites of passage

Myrrh – helps connection with true will and gives courage to follow the soul’s path

Myrtle – for spiritual love and immortality of the soul

  • Note: If none of the above is available, sandalwood is a good, all-purpose incense for any ritual.

Herbs

Catnip – fosters psychic bond with cats

Elm – signifies love, light, and purification, death and rebirth

Hawthorn – signifies the gateway to another world

Verrain – fosters inner strength and peace

Bluebell – Signifies funerals and grieving

  • Use of herbs is entirely optional. If used, sprinkle them in the pet’s burial place after the ritual.

Goddess Representation

Cats and cows are sacred to Goddess. A statue or any other representation of the Goddess, can be placed on the altar.

Crystals - Place the crystal on your altar or hold during your ritual

Dolomite - signifies relief from sorrow and peace

  • The use of crystals is optional.
  • You can also wear the crystal during your ritual

Dolomite - A crystal to celebrate your pet's life

Attribution: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Attribution: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0

Personal Tokens Of Your Pet

Another element for the altar

This can be the pet's collar, a picture, a favorite toy - whatever you wish to use. Place the token(s) on the pentagram for the ritual.

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The Ritual

Cleans your ritual space, cast your circle, raise power, and invite the Four Quarters as you normally do before a ritual. Invoke the Goddess.

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Meditation

Take a few moments to meditate on your pet. Think of the good times the two of you had. Consider how the pet changed your life and what it taught you.

Use this time to reflect on pleasant memories. Remember the day that you first brought your pet home. Think about all the times that your pet showed you love. Call to mind those times when your pet changed your mood when you were feeling sad or down.

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Gratitude Expression

Talk to your pet. Tell your pet how grateful you are for having shared its life. Thank it for what it taught you. Express your love for your pet. Don’t worry about the words that you use – speak from your heart, just as you would if your pet were in front of you.

Prayer to the Goddess

Say a prayer to the Goddess for your pet’s safe passage to Summerland. Thank Goddess for bringing the pet into your life. Again, just speak from your heart.

Ritual Closing

If Wine and Cakes are part of your tradition, you can partake now. Close the ritual as your tradition dictates – thank Goddess and the Four Quarters, take down the circle, etc.

A Poem for Your Pet

Feel free to use this in your pet life celebration ritual

Run the fields of Summerland

And frolic in the sun.

You've earned the right of freedom;

Your work on Earth is done.

Tho' tears for you may fall like rain,

They are tears of joy mixed in with pain.

My love for you will never end.

Enjoy your time in Summerland, my faithful loving friend.

After the Ritual

Keep remembering your pet

You can keep memories of your pet alive in several ways. Put together a photo album or scrapbook of favorite pictures of your pet. Journal about your pet -- get those cute stories down before they fade from memory. Make a tribute web site to your pet. You might also consider making a donation to your local animal shelter in your pet's name.

Celebrate the life or your pet with journaling - Writing can help ease your grief

Journaling gives you an outlet for all the emotions involved in grieving. You can also capture memories and stories about your beloved pet.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have a sweet 14 year old pug, deaf and blind, diabetic, but still frisky when it's dinnertime. It's my hope she will die peacefully in her sleep. Your lens is comforting to anyone who has lost a pet and I will take all of it to heart. Thank you.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. A pet death is so sad, it is a challenge to think that they are in a better place. Pinned to my dogs board and blessed.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Thank you for the wonderful ritual to celebrate the passing of a pet. I hope I won't be back here soon, but I will be back for comfort when I need it.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      This is really sad. Terra left us with no ritual and no real funeral was made. My mom and dad just took the body outside of the village, and I'm still gald everything happened in my absence, my sister also was not home then. I still keep seeing her in dreams now and then.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you. I'll be using some of this to get me through tonight. I just put down my cat of 18 yrs. I had LeStat since he was a tiny kitten. I can't stop crying.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the depth of your lens here. You left nothing out, that I can think of.

      Our pets are special with their unconditional love and deserve a loving send-off.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just lost my little terrier Arry and think this ritual is a wonderful idea. He was such a kind and beautiful spirit. I'm missing him so much already.

      Thank you for this...I think I might try casting my circle around his grave at the bottom of our garden...one of his favourite places.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I don't practice Wicca but some of this could apply to any spiritual beliefs, and bring comfort to the pet owner who has lost their beloved pet.

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I'm missing my little buddy!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Well, I sure like the wines and cakes portion of the ritual. I'm unfamiliar with Wiccan but sadly familiar with the feeling of losing a pet.

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      Pets are real friends. They deserve the same attention we give to human beings.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Sometimes we need a special commemorative activity to bring ourselves to accept a loss.

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      Very sweet. I believe in celebrating a life and a pet can be like a child. You need to acknowledge the passing until we meet again.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Sweet, generous and thoughtful. Thanks for a generous lens.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I know next to nothing about Wicca but it sure sounds interesting. I love religions steeped in rituals.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Very nice, original and to the point. Well done. As you evolve this lens, it'd be nice to see more pictures. They cause a pause and give you time to absorb the content. Nothing fancy, but I think it would get you more the readers you definitely deserve.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice celebration ritual for pets.

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      knit1tat2 6 years ago

      A beautiful testimony about how to honor the animals that share our lives! Thank you, and nice to meet you in squidoo community!