For most of us, death comes to visit for the first time when we are children when our beloved pet dies.
Just as we grieve when a family member dies, we need to grieve when a pet dies, because, for most of us, our pets are family members. In order to grieve fully, we need to have closure on the life that we once shared with our pets.
Through the death of a pet, we and our children can learn how to say goodbye to someone we’ve loved. Children will have many questions, and if the questions are answered honestly, with no sugar coating, this can lead to a healthy, positive view of death.
Whether your pet is in the dying process or has already died, you and your family have the opportunity to honour and love them as they continue on their journey.
You can honour your pet by holding space for them at their time of death, they know you are there and can hear you. Having you there will ease the fear and make it easier for them to transition out of this life.
After death, you can honour them with a funeral; invite friends and family to say their goodbyes. You can choose a green burial for your pet by burying them in your backyard in a simple biodegradable shroud.
It's important to honour and grieve our pets. Using ceremony to celebrate how much love and happiness our pets gave us helps to facilitate a healthier grieving process.
If your pet is in the process of journeying out of this life, and you're not sure how to plan a pet funeral, please contact me for a consult.
(If travel is required, my rate for travel is $30/hour, plus the regular hourly rate)