A ceremony kit and guidebook designed to help families and children process grief in a healthy way - to honor the sacred beings
The Circle of Life Pet Memorials: Ceremony Kit provides families with a resource to discuss death and grief in a healthy way. In addition, its purpose is to honor the spiritual beings we call pets. This ceremony kit is appropriate for people of all religious and spiritual beliefs. Although it is aimed at families with small children, it is helpful for any age.
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Allow your children to grieve their pet without worrying if you are "handling it right"
A ceremony kit and guidebook designed to help families and children process grief in a healthy way - to honor the sacred beings we call pets.
*This ceremony kit is appropriate for people of all ages and religious/spiritual beliefs.*
Who is this for:
Your pet has passed away.
You can feel lingering sorrow in the whole family - but particularly with the kids.
You have no idea how to explain death and grief to your child.
You don't want to sweep what happened under the rug - but you're not sure how to honor your pet the way they deserve.
You want to do something special for the family but you're not sure what to do.
You feel helpless, confused, and are grieving your pet.
You want to create a healthier conversation around death.
You believe Ceremony is healing.
You believe pets are teachers and companions in our lives.
"Particularly for a child, grieving the loss of a pet is similar to grieving a person. For kids, losing a pet who offered love and companionship can be much harder than losing a distant relative."
Like any new skill, processing grief doesn't come naturally.
If you, like most people, haven't spent a lot of time learning how to deal with grief - you might feel ill-equipped to talk about death and how to process the complex emotions that come with it.
As a parent, this might be the first time you have had to navigate this landscape with your children.
You wonder if you do nothing and avoid the pain of grief - maybe it will go away.
You believe there is nothing you can do to make it better because you can not change the fact that your pet had died.
You haven't made peace with death as a natural part of life, and you may fear the unknown.
Because of this, a piece of you may want to "fix" it for your children and solve the problem quickly to help your child get out of pain.
But the problem with quick-fix solutions is they are often only a band-aid and don't address the full range of emotions around death.
This strategy can leave the child feeling confused and fearing loss.
Kids with reported grief will feel a wide spectrum of emotions from sorrow to anger. To loneliness, to frustration. Maybe even guilt.
And that's okay. And normal.
On the other side of the grieving process, families often find that sadness isn't the only thing that arises from these experiences.
There is also joy and celebration.
Let's open up the conversation for kids so they can understand and be prepared for it.
You're not just helping them get through this one experience - you are providing them with skills to help them navigate grief and loss that will happen later in their lives.
Animals pass away - but our love for them can last our whole lives, and the gifts they leave will be with us forever.
"I really like everything about this ceremony kit. It is soothing and simple, yet specific and powerful. Even though it is aimed at families with younger children, really it is good for anybody of any age. It just feels good." - Marie F. Piazza, MFT (Marriage & Family Therapist)
"Telling our kids that our family dog was sick and passed away was one of the hardest things we have had to do as parents. While searching for ways to help our family through the grieving process I came across A Life Well Lived Memorial Services and ordered a Circle of Life Pet Memorial kit. And now we have a lovely memorial created together as a family with the help of A Life Well Lived Memorial Services. I will be forever grateful for this creative and meaningful way to honor a major part of our family." - Dani Brown
Allow your family to grieve in a safe environment.
Have a ceremony for your beloved family member.
Bond with your family as you remember and share your love for your pet.
Have a guide in the grieving process.
Give your pet the honor and respect you feel they deserve.
Don't worry about how to process grief "the right way".
Set a good example for your children as you take your time with your grief.
Accompanying Guidebook to walk you through the entire Ceremony with your family.