Prayers for the Death of a Cherished Pet

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Pet memorial

Using pet death prayers during a memorial is a good way to remember a loyal and special member of your family. Write your own prayers for a dying dog, cat, or other pet, or find prayers already written that can be personalized for your pet.

Prayers for Dying Pets

If you have difficulty putting together the right words for a prayer during the trying time of losing a pet, use one of these original prayers or revise them to make them your own.

Prayer for a Dying Dog

Lord, thank you for the blessings of companionship you allowed (dog name) to provide. His attentive demeanor and patience with me daily reminded me of the care you put into providing your people with friendship from four-legged friends. Please allow his transition into the afterlife to be smooth and painless and allow him to gain the understanding that he meant a great deal to me and was very loved.

Prayer for a Dying Cat

Lord, (cat's name) is such a gentle soul; please welcome him into your arms and onto your lap. I pray that his transition is peaceful and he feels my love for him as he goes. Thank you for allowing me the time with (cat's name) that I had - he was such a blessing to me.

General Prayer for a Dying Pet

Lord, pets were one of your greatest creations. (Pet name) brought me so joy and love and I praise you for your wisdom in creating animals that enjoy the company of people. Thank you for the blessing of (pet name). May he go peacefully into heaven and await my eventual arrival. Please let me see (pet name) again someday at the Rainbow Bridge.

Simple Pet Prayer for Young Children

Lord, thank you for (pet name). We love him very much and we know he will soon be in heaven getting pet by all the angels. He'll enjoy his angel wings and will probably make all the angels happy with his cuddles. Please help us say goodbye until we see him again in heaven.

Writing Your Own Pet Death Prayers

Writing your own pet death prayers can be difficult because you are probably going through a great deal of emotional pain at this time. However, sometimes, it is beneficial and comforting to write down your thoughts and feelings in relation to your faith. It can help you come to terms with what has happened and bring you to a mental place where you know that your pet is now at peace.

What to Include in Your Prayer

Writing a prayer is like writing a letter to your higher power about the loss of your pet. Here are some things you might want to include in your prayer:

  • Thanking your higher power for the opportunity to have such a lovable pet in your life
  • Recount the happy times you had with your pet
  • Some feelings you have about the loss of your pet
  • Ask your higher power to take good care of your pet and hope that your pet is finally free from pain and is happy
  • A passage from the Bible
  • Another prayer such as the "Lord's Prayer" if you are Christian

Achieving Closure With a Pet Prayer

What is important in prayers about pet loss is that you say what you want to say to your higher power. You want to achieve closure with a prayer during a memorial and one of the best ways to do this is releasing your feelings and thoughts in the prayer. Asking your higher power to take care of your pet and thanking Him for allowing you to love such a special animal in your life, can help you find peace and comfort.

Prayers for the Death of a Cherished Pet