Pet Funeral Rite
The below Pet Funeral Rite is © 1998, 1999 Ms Vanessa O'Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please keep all of this Rite intact if you would like to reproduce this on your site. You can also e-mail me for the Notepad (TXT) file.
On September 30 1998 -- Beloved pet and familiar Smokey died. She was killed by a car but thanks to a kind soul her body was removed from the road and put on the grass.
" Wherever I am she is. Wherever she is I am." I will always love you Smokey.
I recommend that you eat no meat or animal on this night of the Full Moon.
The below listed books were used in making this Rite:
Enter the Summerland by Edian McCoy
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by Starhawk et. al.
SunsetSeashell's Book of Shadows
# Cast Circle
# Spirit Flame I call upon The Source of All Things, the Great Divine Spirit,
and ask that you impart your essence into this sacred flame
For a Spirit Flame you need a flamable liquid, eye dropper, and a heat resistant non-flamable bowl. Have sand nearby as a precaution.
#Invoke the God/dess
I call out to the Hidden Realms !
To as far as my voice may carry,
I call upon Bast, lovely Goddess of cats!
I call upon Diana, lovely Goddess of all animals!
May you all be present this night.
Smokey, my beloved friend and familiar, has passed from this
world, this life.
She needs your assistance, lovely Goddesses!
We both welcome you here -- Blessed Be!
# Light White Candle
Dark Coloured Ribbon tied on candle optional
#Invoke the pet/familar
Smokey, beloved friend and familiar, present yourself to me,
within this sacred circle, where you are loved.
Let the light and love of my heart be your guide to The
Summerlands. You will be welcomed, wanted and loved here,
always and forever. Come, please, my beloved friend, so that
I may serve and know you one last time, as you have so
graciously served me.
# Speak with the deceased pet/familiar - tell the animal how much you love and miss her/him, etc.
# Final Farewell with Blessings to your pet/familiar
This is where you are allowing the pet/familiar to take the opportunity to enter The Summerland. You cannot force the spirit to do anything. It may have to stay Earthbound in order for you to learn a lesson that you have not learnt yet before going onto The Summerland.
# Ask the Patron God/dess who you invoked earlier on to guide the deceased pet/familiar to The Summerlands
# Extinguish White Candle
# Make offering
[Bowl of water] I bless you this day to be a holy vessel
to honour the unselfish spirits of the animals who have
passed before. I bless you with the Elements of Nature:
Earth, Air, Fire and Water so that the animal souls of
The Summerland be welcomed to this place.
May all who come here feel blessed and loved. May no
negative thought or feeling be present at this place. With
loving intent and as I will -- So mote it be!
# Close Circle according to your tradition/path
Spirits of the Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water I thank
you for your attendance.
Merry Part until we meet again.
Draw Banishing Pentagram and blow a kiss to each Element at their points.
Great Goddesses, Diana and Bast, I honour you for your
Arms outstreached. Blow a kiss to the Full Moon.
What you do at this point is purely up to you. Here are some suggestions:
Have a feast in honour of your pet/familiar's life and re-birth to The Summerland;
Pack up and go to bed (this is what I did);
Do a 'wake' where you stay at the grave site until first light.