Some Poems for a Pet Service

A pet often becomes a part of a life.

A pet often becomes a part of a life.

Sometimes offering a simple eulogy at the time of a pet’s funeral, burial or cremation can provide closure to the event. Services for pets, just as for humans, are chances to be involved in the final experience with that loved one, to realize the loss and to express feelings about the loss. The eulogy can be in the form of a letter, a poem or words borrowed from a literary figure who you admire or your own thoughts.

Children, in particular, benefit from some sort of family service for a pet. The service allows them to know that their feelings about the pet were shared by others and that the family considered the pet important and worthy enough of a service. When you can encourage children to compose their own eulogies, this experience affords them the opportunity to take an active part in the event and to express all the things they want to say.

If you feel silly about eulogizing a pet, you might think about how other people in your family feel about the loss of this pet. Even Lord Byron wrote a touching farewell to a faithful companion, Boatswain, in 1808.

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices. This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a dog.

The following poems were gathered from the book, Pet Loss, A Thoughtful Guide for Adults & Children by Herbert A. Nieburg and Arlene Fischer. The first poem honors a cat, the second, a dog.

Four Feet in Heaven

Your favorite chair is vacant now
No eager purrs to greet me
No softly padded paws to run
Ecstatically to meet me

No coazing rubs, no plaintive cry
Will say it’s time for feeding
I’ve put away your bowl
And all the things you won’t be needing

But I will miss you, little friend
For I could never measure
The happiness you brought to me
The comfort and the pleasure

And since God put you here to share
In earthly joy and sorrow
I’m sure there’ll be a place for you
In Heaven’s bright tomorrow.

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And now we layou down to sleep
You’re finally at rest

Our love foryou we’ll always keep
You were the very best

You gave us joy for thirteen years
A memory for each new day

Then came the day of all my fears
The day you passed away

A part of us you took with you
And I can’t stand the pain

But when this life on earth is through
I know we’ll meet again

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