Sample Pet Loss Memorial Service
by Karen Litzinger, author of Heal Your Heart: Coping with the Loss of a Pet
(Karen is available to facilitate tailored Memorial Services in the Pittsburgh area.)
Light a Candle: During this time of grief, we light a candle in memory of _______.
May the flame remind us of the warmth and love we feel for our special companion. May the light
help guide our beloved pet to a place of peace and love. May the power of the flame give us strength on
our healing journey as the sadness is gradually replaced by warm memories.
Opening Words: We are
gathered today to acknowledge the death of ______ who was ______’s special companion for (many) years
and to honor the unique role that animals play in our lives. Not everyone understands the extent that a loss of a pet can
affect us, and sometimes we can be surprised ourselves. Gathering for a memorial ceremony during this loss helps us to acknowledge
its significance and to bring to light that the healing may take time as with any loss.
Memories and Celebration: Although
we are saddened by the loss of (name) this is also an occasion to remember and celebrate his/her life and the special role
that animals play in our lives. You are invited to share a memory of _________ or perhaps your own pet. It
might be a special way you played, a particular nickname, or something that you learned from your dear companion.
Blessing: In addition to honoring _________’s life, we are here to acknowledge his/her passing from this earth.
Death is a part of life’s cycle even though it is hard to it understand intellectually or emotionally. We
ask the Spirit of Life to be with us and usher ____ into the spirit world so that she can rest in peace.
We’ll now bless ______’s personal belongings with the purifying herb of sage.
Sage has been used since ancient times for healing especially in the Native American tradition. By
blessing _________’s belongings we ask for his/her energy to move from this world to a place of peace. Some
people call this heaven and some people think the spirit of the special being lives on in nature or in our hearts (adapt as
needed to your personal spirituality).
Optional Reading or Song: Perhaps you would like to share a reading or song in honor of your
animal. It may be something you have created or something from a book or a web site. Petloss.com has a comprehensive listing of pet loss poems.
Closing: There is a right time for everything. A time to laugh,
a time to cry. A time to be born a time to die (Ecclesiastes)
©2009, Karen Litzinger,
Pittsburgh, PA. Permission granted to reprint the material in this section in hard copy so long as the text, by-line, and
this entire statement are not changed. You may link to this site, but please do not copy this material directly to your
site. Karen Litzinger, MA, is author of Heal Your Heart: Coping with the Loss of a Pet,
a CD that provides an experiential journey of healing. More information is at HealFromPetLoss.com