Prayer For My Deceased Dog
If you've lost your dog - whether it was sudden and traumatic or following a long illness - it can be hard to cope. Dog Expert Jenna Stregowski, RVT advises on how to handle the grieving process after the death of a beloved pet. Jenna says, "The most important thing to remember is that grief takes time. You will always miss your companion, but things will get better. At first, there will be more bad days than good. Then, you will find that the bad and good days are even. Soon, you will have fewer bad days, and it will be easier to focus on the happy memories with less sadness."
Hail to you, Anubis, and may you protect this dog
as he runs to the afterlife.
Hail to you, Kerberos, guardian of the gates,
watcher of the land beyond,
may you welcome this dog to the next place.
Hail to you, Wepwawet, opener of the roads,
may you take this dog to stand beside you,
brave and loyal in life and death.
Hail to you, loyal pet, and may you be blessed
as you run into the sunset to the west,
chasing the stars into the night,
one final time.
Faithful friend, loyal companion,
we say farewell to you now.
You have kept us warm at night,
protected our home
and offered us unconditional love.
For this we are thankful,
and we will remember you forever.
In days gone by, the dog ran wild, untamed and free.
Although man may have tamed your bodies,
we have never tamed your spirit.
You are free now.
Go and run with your pack,
with your wild ancestors, racing by the midnight moon.
Go and hunt for your prey,
taking what is your birthright.
Join the wolf, the jackal, the wild dogs,
and run with your kin on the wild hunt.
Run, and guide your spirit home.
We honor the memory of our precious pet with the warm light of this candle, sending to all our beloved pets a message of peace and love. We, as pet caregivers, bring our loss and sorrow to this place and together we ask that day by day our grief will
be lessened. Each day let us continue to see how the relationship we had with our beloved pet still impacts our lives today.
Dear God, we bring our grief in the loss of (pet's name) to you and ask for the courage to move through our grief. We bring you all our thanks for (pet's name) who we were blessed to have as our precious pet. She/he gave so freely of his/her love to all
those who she'd meet. We commit our beloved pet and companion into your loving hands. Surround us with your love and give us others to support us as we mourn.
We gather today joining hearts as we honor the loss of our beloved pet (pet's name) who made our days and our lives more enjoyable. Someday we hope to meet with you again (pet's name) in eternity with hugs, kisses and tears. We miss your daily presence
and unending love in our daily lives. Death ends a life but our relationship still lives on in my heart and in my memory of times we spent together. You are now free running the fields where we will meet again. You are
restored to complete health. You are in God's loving care forever.
O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. (Pet's name), who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. (His/Her) happy times in our family's embrace have come to an end. We miss (pet's name) already.
Help us, O God, to remember the good times with (pet's name). Remind us to rejoice in the happy times (he/she) brought to our home. Let us be thankful for the good life we were blessed to give to (him/her).
We are grateful to You, God, for creating (pet's name), for entrusting (him/her) to our care, and for sustaining (him/her) in our love for a measure of time. We understand that all that lives must die. We knew that this day would come. And yet, O God, we would have wanted one more day of play, one more evening of love with (pet's name).
O God, as we have taken care of (pet's name) in life, we ask that You watch over (him/her) in death. You entrusted (pet's name) to our care; now, we give (him/her) back to You. May (pet's name) find a happy new home in Your loving embrace.
As we remember (pet's name), may we love each other more dearly. May we care for all Your creatures, for every living thing, as we protected the blessed life of (pet's name). May (his/her) memory bless our lives with love and caring forever. Amen.