Pets are part of the family! Whether you have cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, fish, or a menagerie, you interact with your pets every day, providing them with food, protection, and love. At Rites of Passage, we know the bonds you share with your pets are deep and meaningful. (Photo of our two beloved German Shepherds!)
Pet blessings are a fun way to celebrate your pet’s presence in your life. Often pet-parents chose to have a blessing when a new pet is welcomed into the family, but pet blessings can be done at any time. At Rites of Passage, we have celebrated pet blessings for new pets, ill pets, pets going through training programs, pets who have helped their ‘parents’ through tough times, and community gatherings of pets. Your blessing can be a private or public affair, depending on your wishes. In designing your pet blessing, we take into consideration your relationship with your pet, your pet’s personality, your hopes and dreams for your pet, your spiritual or secular worldview, and any special intentions you have for your pet. We think you will find a unique personalized pet blessing to be a fun and poignant way to honor the special place your pet holds in your life and your heart.
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” ~Sydney Jeanne Seward
The sad truth is that our pets’ lives are too short. As an animal lover, you may welcome and say good-bye to many pets over the years, but each one will always hold a special place in your heart. At Rites of Passage, we understand how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet. We work with you to design a personalized pet memorial to help you honor the life of your pet in a way that is meaningful to you. The loss of a pet is a significant life change that needs to be acknowledged and marked. We help you say good-bye and support you through your time of loss.
We offer a variety of ritual design and officiating packages to meet your unique needs for a pet blessing or memorial.
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“When I rise up/ let me rise up joyful/like a bird. When I fall/let me fall without regret /like a leaf.”
~ Wendell Berry