Grief, when your beloved Animal companion dies…

Part of the family

Grief when a beloved animal companion dies can be devastating. For many of us our pets are members of our family. They’ve possible lived at home and been dependent on us longer than our children.  Often, they are our children.  When we lose them, and the grief is tough to handle.

Often tougher than when we lose a person… as an animal companion remains dependent on us their entire lives, they turn to us to meet all their needs and they live their entire life with us.  Plus there is often a community of people also grieving for the same loss.  People often don’t get the loss of a pet in the same way. They expect us to get over it more quickly.  But grieving the loss of a pet is not a quick process.  There is no reason why that grief should be easier to bear than any other

I realise that many people want to commemorate the life of an animal companion, beit with a burial, a scattering of ashes, or a wake in their memory.

More than a Pet

One of the services I offer as an Alternative and Independent Celebrant is to officiate at a celebration of your late companion.

It can be in your garden, at a favourite spot important to you and their memory or…in fact, anywhere.  As always, there are no rules.  I can help you chose readings and poems, write a speech and prepare a service for as many people to attend as you wish.

Our pets are our family and our friend, and when we lose them we need to mark their impact on our life

Some people may like to commission a painting of their late pet. As an acrylic artist I could be the person you choose, however, my style may not be your style and I am equally happy to recommend a specialist animal portrait artist to work with you to provide the perfect memorial image for you.  In fact there is one I work very closely with, Jo Oddie.

Cat portrait by Berni. The loss of a pet cat
Dog portrait by Berni. The loss of a doggy companion