Words for  What's Next

POEMS, PRAYERS, & UTTERINGS FOR THE JOURNEY

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I suggest four things humans can do at the time of animal death. First, speak honestly with the animal about what is going on (and why the choice of euthanasia was made, if applicable). Second, connect with the animal through gentle touch. Third, read aloud some words which are meaningful to the human participants. Fourth, I recommend sitting with your beloved's body for a few minutes after they pass on to whatever is next. 

Prayer-full words and blessings need not be directed to any specific divine force nor grounded in a particular religion, they need only be meaningful for you and your animal companion. Research suggests benefits to prayer regardless of who or what the words are directed towards.

 

People I work with sometimes choose to write their own. Other times, they need a little inspiration to get them going. So, below is a collection of some of my favorite prayer-ish thought starters.

"Acknowledging the loss provides our animal
companions a sacred sendoff that honors their
life and our relationship with them."

SARAH BOWEN, animal chaplain & author of Sacred Sendoffs

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"Acknowledging the loss provides our animal
companions a sacred sendoff that honors their
life and our relationship with them."

SARAH BOWEN, animal chaplain & author of Sacred Sendoffs