Comforting Prayers for the Loss of a Beloved Dog or Cat 15


Believing in heaven or an afterlife doesn’t erase the intense pain of a dog or cat’s death, but it can help. These prayers for the loss of a pet will comfort and help owners cope with the death of their dogs or cats.

With great love comes great suffering. While the grief of pet loss can last for years, there are things you can do to make surviving the death of a dog or cat easier. One of those things is holding on to the hope that your beloved dog or cat is resting in peace in Heaven – or whatever afterlife you envision – watching over you with kind eyes, love, and peace. In this article, you’ll find comforting prayers, encouragements, and suggestions for saying goodbye after the loss of a pet.





How long will the pain of pet loss last?

“No one can say how long we will mourn pet loss,” writes Gary Kowalski in Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet. “Grieving may commonly be measured in days or weeks, but it can be months, or even longer. Many people report feeling ‘choked up’ by the memory of a beloved pet years after the animal is gone.”

Comforting Ideas and Heartfelt Prayers for the Loss of a Pet

God doesn’t take away our pain – but He does help us walk through it.

Father in Heaven,

Comforting Prayers for the Loss of a Pet

Comforting Prayers for the Loss of a Pet

Bring comfort and healing to those who are mourning the deaths of their beloved pets. You know their pain, for you lost your own beloved son. You know the depth of sadness and grief your children feel when they lose a dog or cat who was so dear, near, and special to them. You know the emptiness of a home that no longer has that furry little (or big!) creature; you know the emptiness of a heart that longs for the comforting touch of a beloved cat or dog.

I thank you for the gift of our pets, for the love these creatures give us, for the life that they offer, and for the chance to love them like we love nothing and nobody else on earth.

I pray for comfort, peace, and healing as we let go of the cats and dogs that we loved so dearly.

Amen.

Understand the depth and width of pet loss

Why is the death of a cat or dog so devastating? Because our pets bring us a depth of companionship and love that nothing else on earth offers.

“Our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships, if for no other reason than dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback,” writes Frank McAndrew in Rover: Getting Over Rover: Why Our Grief Over a Dog Is So Intense on the Psychology Today website. “Interacting with dogs makes us feel good, and just looking at them can make us smile. Dog owners score higher on measures of well-being and, on average, they are happier than people who own cats and those who own no pets at all.”

The loss of a cat or dog is painful because we are not losing just one pet; we actually experience multiple losses at the same time.  We may be losing our primary companion, a source of unconditional love, a “life witness” who provides security and comfort to us, a best friend, a link to ourselves, and even a part of who we were and are and hope to be. 

The loss of a pet cat or dog dramatically changes your daily life at home and in the neighborhood. Pet loss is even more profound than the loss of most friends and relatives, because of the extreme and sometimes sudden changes in lifestyle and routine.

Forgive yourself

“If I only I would’ve known my dog was that sick, I would have taken him to the veterinarian sooner,” say some readers on  differently,” say some readers on How to Deal With Guilt After the Loss of Your Beloved Dog.

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Comfort and Prayers for the Loss of a Beloved Pet Dog or Cat

Loving pet owners almost always feel guilt and regret after their dogs or cats die. They tell themselves they could have held on longer, given more mediation, tried one more tactic to avoid death…but the truth is that a dog or cat’s life is finite.

There is no value in replaying the “if only” scenarios when you’re coping the loss of a family pet. Instead of looking back at the “if onlys”, focus on saying good-bye to your dog or cat — perhaps with a pet memorial service or a celebration of life. Say prayers that honor your dog or cat’s life and memory, and ask for peace, healing, and self-forgiveness.

Remember that God is in control – and He loves you deeply. Your life – and your pet’s death – unfolded not because He wasn’t looking, but because it was time to say goodbye.

Plan a memorial service or “celebration of life” for your pet

“A pet loss memorial service can be solitary, or friends and family may also gather in farewell,” writes Kowalski in Goodbye, Friend. “Coming to terms with the death may be especially difficult for those who lack the chance to say a personal goodbye.”

Memorials can include a period of silence, a brief time for sharing, a eulogy, reading, prayer. Acknowledge loss and honor your memories. Express hope for the future, with an affirmation of life ahead. Focusing on what Heaven means to you and your pet is a spiritual way to survive pet loss for many mourning pet owners.

If you want to comfort someone who is grieving pet loss, you might find 8 Pet Sympathy Gifts to Ease the Pain of a Dog or Cat’s Death helpful.

A prayer for a pet loss memorial service

Father God,

Thank you for the gift of pets. You blessed us with the existence of this dog in our hearts and home for 10 years. You brought this dog to us; You brought life, joy, love, companionship, laughter, and comfort to us through this dog. He loved us unconditionally, and You loved us unconditionally through this pet. Thank you for this experience, this life we had together. Thank You for giving us this gift and blessing. It was a short life, but it was deep.

We lift our beloved pet to You now. We lift her spirit, her heart and soul and dear little body to You. We know You love this pet dearly, and You are watching over us now. We know You care, and Your heart aches just as ours do. We pray for the loss of our pet, and we give You our grief and pain. We bow before you in humble adoration, and we lift our broken hearts to You.

We trust You with a childlike faith, Father, and we know our pet is safe in Your arms. We love you with innocent hearts, and we know You will take good care of our pets now and forevermore.

Until we meet again, our pets rest safely in Your arms and our hearts.

Amen.

Rest – for it is God’s gift to you

Give yourself the gift of rest. You have lots of time to learn how to live without your pet dog or cat. After the shock and grief of pet loss, you may feel exhausted and drained. All you want to do is sleep. This is a normal, natural part of the grieving process. I believe it’s God’s gift to us. Sleep is healing and therapeutic, and can help your body and mind process the pain of losing your pet.





Here’s a practical tip for coping with pet loss: don’t make any major decisions in the period immediately following your dog or cat’s death. You’re emotionally drained, physically exhausted, and perhaps even spiritually dry. Your judgment isn’t the same as it normally is, and you may make a hasty or impulsive decision that you may later regret.

If possible, postpone making any big changes in your life.  This is may not be the time to adopt another pet dog or cat, for instance, nor is it the time to vow that you will never bring another pet into your home because you’re devastated. Allow yourself time to absorb and adjust to the situation. This isn’t the best time to make career changes, relationship decisions, or move to a new city.

Stick to the familiar, and hold tight to God. Continue your spiritual practices – and consider deepening them in this time of grief and loss.

All your spirit to connect with the Holy Spirit – no words necessary

You don’t need “prayers for pet loss” to tell God how you feel or receive His comfort and peace. Just open your heart and spirit to Him. The Holy Spirit’s job is to advocate for you, to tell God what you can’t say. Let the Holy Spirit do his job.

But you must do yours. Take time to bow your heart and humble yourself before God. If you’re angry because you lost your pet dog or cat, tell Him. Your prayers don’t have to filled with petitions, praises, or please.

Your prayers just have to be you.

On a practical note, both meditation and prayer have been found to reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being, offer deep relaxation, reduce depression, and increase self-confidence and self-love. You don’t have to be religious or even spiritual to benefit from meditation when you’re mourning the loss of your family pet. Connecting to a higher power such as God, the Universe, or Allah can get you through the worst parts of your grief. Friends, family members, and spouses can be a great source of spiritual strength and comfort – especially if they’re open to praying or meditating with you.

Imagine your pet dog or cat safely and joyfully resting in peace

Comforting Prayers for the Loss of a Beloved Pet Dog or Cat“Hold your pet in your heart, but know that physically they are in another place, a place far superior to the one they left,” writes Gary Kurz in Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates. “Suffice it to say that your pet is alive and well; and know that I would never say anything of such gravity if I were not absolutely sure of the facts.”

The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you’ll ever endure. But healing after the loss of a pet dog or cat isn’t only about finding closure through prayers and healing. You also want to know where your best friend has gone.

After the intense, unexpected grief he experienced following the loss of his own companions, animal lover and biblical scholar Gary Kurz set out to prove that there are indeed pets in Paradise. After devoting countless hours of research, he shares his inspiring insights to bring pet lovers a richer understanding of animals and their souls. You’ll finally find answers to common questions about animals and the afterlife –  and in this book you also get a 30-day devotional to help you work through your grief.

Allow your thoughts to roam where they will

After pet loss, some owners pray for a “new” dog or cat to love. Other pet owners say they will never own another pet again for as long as they live.

What do you think? Are you praying for a pet to fill the loss in your life, or are you unable to even consider the thought of another animal in your home?

“A friend of mine, Pam, gave me the greatest advice when I lost my cat,” says Paige on How to Cope With the Pain of Missing Your Cat. “She told me to go get another kitten. Her reasoning was that Zoe gave me so much love and happiness in the 13 years she lived with me that it would be a shame to deprive myself of that type of relationship just because Zoe was gone. She was absolutely right. I never replaced Zoe in my heart, but I have opened my heart and home to several other kittens.”

This idea for surviving pet loss doesn’t work for everyone, but it has been incredibly helpful for some people.

“Time always brings eventual relief from the pain, and your life will return to normal,” writes Kurz in Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates. “There will be a time when you feel guilty for feeling better, but even that will pass. Nothing will ever take away the sense of absence, but the disabling and relentless grief will subside and eventually disappear. I know it may not seem that way now, but…it has proven true every time.”

Healing Your Heart After the Loss of a Pet

loss of a pet prayersIn Biblical Proof Animals Do Go To Heaven, Steven Woodward finally answers the age old question once and for all: “Do pets go to heaven, or did they just die and that’s it?”

Do animals have spirits? In this book, you’ll discover one perspective about God’s relationship with animals, and how He really feels about them. Woodward shares his divine visions along with scriptural proof, which Jesus reveals and explains to him, concerning God’s entire creation.

Whether you are a pet lover or not, you will gain a greater understanding of the immense love of Jesus, for all of His creation. After reading this testimony, you will look at love and forgiveness in a whole new light. You’ll also have a different perspective on praying after the loss of a pet!

prayers for loss of a petIn How to Heal Your Heart After Losing Your Pet, I share 75 ways to cope with grief and guilt when your dog or cat dies. I interviewed veterinarians, pet loss experts, grief specialists, and dozens of pet owners so I could write this ebook.

Dear Reader,

I pray for healing from the grief and guilt you feel over the loss of your pet dog or cat. I lift your pet’s spirit to our Father in Heaven, and ask for His peace that surpasses all understanding to wash over you. I pray for your pet to remain alive and joyful in your heart and soul, and for you to remember your pet with joy and love.

May you hold on to the light, life, and love your pet dog or cat brought to your home. May you be free from the shadows, and may your heart, soul and spirit be filled with the peace, joy, and radiance that can only come from the Son.

In sympathy and with His love,

Laurie





xo


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15 thoughts on “Comforting Prayers for the Loss of a Beloved Dog or Cat

  • Edna Nord

    I recently had to euthanize Coco, my 17 year old toy poodle due to my medication error. He was my dad’s dog but I got Coco in 2010 when dad died. Coco was spoiled rotten by dad and was never left alone. I worked and couldn’t give Coco same attention which I also feel guilty about. I also did’nt always take time to bath him as often as I should. The day I took him to be euthanized I noticed a sore under his tail that could have been caused from feces. I have absolutely no idea why me or my husband did not see this sooner. Coco sat on the chair with me daily and he was picked up and put on the bed so it is a mystery why we did’nt smell feces or notice the sore sooner. The medication I gave in error was predisone a steroid. Maybe this pill caused gastric juces to seep out his rectum. Feeling a great sense of loss guilt and regret but the Lord is helping me and I am getting counselling through my pastor.

  • Jayme L Smoyer

    Dear Laurie I wanted to thank you for your blog, our family too had just endured a tremendous loss. Our beloved (dog) Maggie passed away on Jan 30 2017. It was a very sudden and expected. We had noticed some change in her behavior and I took her to the vet on a Friday when they did blood work her kidney functions were not good so we admitted her for treatment. It was the hardest thing for me to leave her there she had never been away from home or us. We called every couple hours to check on her and they said she was resting comfortably, we visited her the next day on Saturday, she was so happy to see us she got right up wagging her tail my husband and I laid on the floor with her and enjoyed our time together. It was so very hard to leave our dog again that night but we knew we had too because she was getting fluid therapy and medication. I remember climbing into her cage and just hugging and kissing her telling her how much we loved her and she needed to be strong and get better, the next day was horrible because it was Sunday and we couldn’t call or go visit our dog because the office was not open to visitors. I worried all day thinking about her and couldn’t wait for Monday to come so I could call and then I did and the girls at the desk said that when a vet git there they would update us. Well then they called to let us know that our dear baby girl Maggie had passed shortly before seven that morning which was around the same time I had called. We are devastated by her loss, she was only seven my husband and I had gotten her before we had our children she was only three months older than our older son. And they vet was not expecting this to happen but are they sure why because she was improving.
    Our home has totally changed we always said she was our four legged daughter my heart hurts for her everyday, we have experienced the loss of a child in this life too and the pain is the same, the grief, sadness sense of loss is overwhelming. There are reminders all over our house that constantly trigger me to just start crying, our dog’s bed toys etc. We have her companion still at home Moses, our little shitztsu dog, but he is lost without her too and you can see that he too is mourning her loss we took him with us the evening of the day she passed so he could see her and understand that she didn’t just disappear and so he too could say his own goodbye. That was the hardest thing totally after we spent over and hour with her body saying goodbye and just touching her knowing that that was going to be the last time, I knew she was already gone but having to say goodbye to her and walking away is something that will stay with me forever. I kissed her goodbye and told her how much we loved her and we would see her again, but for now she needed to rest in peace. I have always had my faith in god and his love, and I know she is with him now safe forever and ever, but it still hurts so badly to not have her with us, we elected to have her cremated and we now have her earthly remains back but I miss her so much I cry everyday. I pray everyday for god to help me, I miss my baby girl I’m so sad our older son had to deal with the pain of this loss and our youngest will never remember her.
    Our dog was one of our kids and that void will never be filled, I am so thankful for your blog and words of comfort and help, for those who do not know the loss of a fur baby or just don’t view them as such it is so nice to Know there are people out there that understand and care about your pain, it is a pain that is devastating, but your words are comforting to myself I thank you and god bless you .

  • Haerea "rea"

    Dear Laurie, I just lost my cat named Sheba last january 9 2017 and it really devastated me. Everywhere I look around the house reminds me of her,she was 17 january 1 2017 and just a few days after she died of her long kidney problem.I don’t know how to console myself and I’m looking everywhere to find solace from this overwhelming grief I’m suffering right now.I keep praying that God will lessen the pain and that I will be able to go on with my life without the emptiness in my heart.It is now affecting me emotionally, physically, and psychologically.I dreaded the mornings that I wake up because it is again the start of a long painfull and lonely days.I wish my Sheba will wait for me in paradise and we will be happy together in eternity.

  • Joyce

    My cat died suddenly & unexpectedly 2 days ago. I am not feeling better yet, even after reading these prayers for the loss of a pet. She was beside me all the time–my constant companion. I am so very sad. My husband said no replacement cats for awhile or maybe ever. Our other cat died a year ago at 22 years old after illness. That wasn’t so hard as this.

  • Michelle

    Hey Deb, I’d like to know how you are doing . I just lost my 13 year Yorkshire terrier almost 10 days ago. I’m so sick. I cry everyday . I feel so guilty.

  • Laurie

    Dear Deb,

    Thank you for being here, and for sharing about the loss of your dog. I have a terrier, too, and I know my life will feel empty when she’s gone.

    He loved you so much, whether or not you were walking him in the last few weeks of his life! You took care of him for so many years, and he knew it.

    You loved him with all your heart, and Terry knew that. He knew he was the love of your life, and now he is in good Hands. He is happily doing whatever God created him to do, and he is watching you with love and compassion.

    I hope you are able to forgive yourself, Deb. I don’t think you did anything wrong, but I totally understand those guilty feelings.

    I wrote this article – it may help you:

    http://blossomtips.com/loss-of-a-dog-dealing-with-guilt/

    Let me know how you’re doing.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Deb

    I lost my precious 15-year old male mixed terrior, Terry, on May 20. He died of kidney failure. He was truly my little soul mate, a wonderful and loving little dog, and I miss him terribly. The worst part is that I had stopped taking him for walks in the last months of his life, as I had been too “lazy”, and basically had a lack of energy going through a lot of financial hardships. His whole life I was a great “mommy” to him, but I can’t quit feeling quilty of the last time I put my shoes on (about 3 weeks ago) and he got excited for a walk, I just told him that we’ll go soon, but we never did. Now I’ll never be able to make it up to him and it’s killing me!!!!

  • Barney

    There is nothing that hurts quite like losing a dog, because dogs depend on us for everything and love us unconditionally. I’m sorry your coworkers don’t understand that it’s impossible to just get another dog, like getting a new pair of shoes!

    Your dog loved you like nobody will ever love you. Dogs offer us such an extreme loyalty and dedication, we feel like our hearts are being torn out when we lose them. The loss of a pet is almost inconsolable. Prayers for pet loss do help but don’t erase the pain and grief, like the article says.

    My heart goes out to you as you adjust to life without April. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Kelly McDonald

    I have never commented on a blog post before, because I am a very private person, but the loss of my baby girl is too much to bear. Your prayers for pet loss are very touching.

    During my life I have been heartbroken, betrayed, and even stolen from by several human beings. I began to hate everyone, until I realized how much my beautiful border collie, April, loved me. She taught me to be patient and tolerant and accept that people don’t really like me or want to be with me. She not only liked to be with me she couldn’t stand to be without me. We went everywhere together, we were each other’s shadow. I am trying very hard not to be mean to my co-workers who don’t understand the loss of a pet. They keep saying “just get another dog”, but their insensitivity just feeds my sadness. April was and will always be the joy of my life.

  • mel

    Thanks for sharing your story, ginger. My husband often goes away on business trips, and I always pray that nothing will happen to our cat or dog when he’s gone. I never know if I should wait until he gets home to share the bad news (of the loss of a pet 🙁 ), or tell him when he’s gone. I think I’d wait, like your parents did, because there’s nothing he can do about it when he’s away. And yet, I know he’d rather know…so maybe I would tell him after all.

    I believe in God and heaven and an afterlife, and I believe I will meet my passed dogs and cats there after I die. I believe animals have souls and spirits, and they live on long after their bodies have left our earth.

  • ginger

    I agree that losing a pet is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life. I lost my dog, Patrick many years ago. I was in college and my parents didn’t tell me that he had passed away. I thought he was in the animal hospital until I asked my mother when he would be coming home and saw the look of distress on her face. My parents were trying to protect me for a time since I was in school and finishing the semester, Still, it was so heartbreaking.

    My cat, Sandy a sweetheart of almost 14 years, had to be put to sleep in July of 2011. This was one of the most difficult times of my life. I saw him suffer from Diabetes that couldn’t be controlled. I miss him every minute of every day, but know that he is in Heaven and that I will see him again someday. I try to focus on the fact that he is with Jesus and that he is perfect now. It helps to read prayers about the loss of a pet.

    Sandy can never be replaced, but I have since adopted two abandoned kittens. At first, I didn’t think I could take another cat, but both of these needed homes so much. I like to think of them as Sandy’s “little brothers”. I will love Sandy forever, but believe that he and God want me to care for these kittens.

  • Laurie

    Thanks, Joyce. I don’t know if losing a family pet is the worst thing a person can go through, but it is one of the worst for sure!

    I think praying and leaning into God is the best way to cope with the loss of a pet. I like to think that my lost dog and cats are in Heaven, and that I’ll be reunited with them one day. I pray for my dog and cat all the time – my living ones! I think they bring an aspect to my spiritual life that brings me closer to God.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Joyce

    The loss of a pet is one of the worst experiences that anyone can go through. They say that time heals all wounds. This is the third time we are undergoing this experience – our dog died a few days ago – and it seems to get tougher each time.

    Thank you for these comforting prayers, they do help.

  • Amy

    Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult times a person can go through. Most people consider their pets to be part of the family, and losing a family member is always a difficult time to go through…