A Ritual For Suffering The Loss Of A Pet

Sadly, we all lose pets during our lifetime. Whether it’s from disease, old age or a tragic accident, the loss of a pet does cause us grief.

Here’s a ritual to help with your loss.

Pet Farewell Ritual

You will need:

  • Salt
  • A pink candle
  • Incense of your choice
  • Water
  • A stone to represent your pet
  • A stone to represent yourself
  • 4 matching crystals
  • A small tray, plate or dish
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Arrange the salt, incense, candle and water to represent the four elements (or in any other manner you traditionally use). Place one of your four matching crystals with each. Light the incense and the candle. Place the stones representing you and your pet in the dish in the center of the work area.

Take a moment to meditate quietly, and focus on the two stones in the center. One is you, and one is your pet.

They should be side by side, touching each other, as you and your pet touched each other in life. Take both stones in your hands, and hold them tightly. As you do so, remember the positive and happy memories of your time with your pet.

Pass the stones over the salt, and say:

<Pet’s name>, with the energies of Earth, I am with you in spirit. Your memory will always remain with me.

Pass the stones over the incense, and say:

<Pet’s name>, with the energies of Air, I am with you in spirit. Your memory will always remain with me.

Pass the stones over the candle, and say:

<Pet’s name>, with the energies of Fire, I am with you in spirit. Your memory will always remain with me.

Pass the stones over the water, and say:

<Pet’s name>, with the energies of Water, I am with you in spirit. Your memory will always remain with me.

Place the two stones back in the dish in the center of your work area. Take each of the four matching crystals/gemstones and add them to the dish as well. As you do so, tell your pet how much you will miss them, and how thankful you are that you were allowed to be part of their life. If you have family members such as children involved, ask each of them to place one of the matching stones in the dish, and tell the pet one thing that they will miss about them.

If you had to euthanize your pet, make sure you tell them why you made that decision, so that they understand how difficult it was to do so. This is a good time to verbalize how you feel, such as admitting it would have been selfish to prolong your pet’s suffering any further.

Close your eyes, and reflect once more on how different your life was because of your pet. If you need to cry, scream or yell, now is a good time to do it. Don’t hold back.

Finally, take the dish with all the stones in it, and pass it to everyone involved in the ritual. Allow each person to hold it for a moment, to feel the energy of you and your pet together in the stones.

Conclude the ritual. Once you have done so, place the dish with the stones in a place which was a favorite of your pet’s – a sunny spot on the floor, a warm corner in the bedroom, or a bright warm windowsill. Leave the dish there for several days. Whenever you walk by it, say hello to your pet, and let them know that they are remembered.

After time has passed, put the stones in a safe place somewhere, perhaps in a drawstring pouch, or in a special box, so that whenever you begin thinking of your pet you can see the stones again, and remember them. You may even choose to make one of the stones into a necklace or pass them along to family members for their own comfort.

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