EMMI Street & Community Chaplain Bringing compassion, empathy, kindness to all living creatures
Animal Chaplain Donna Yuritic’s Advice On Mourning A Pet’s Death (USA)
Good Grief – Pet Grief by Rev. Sandra Shaw (USA)
NB: These YouTube videos are for information only, the two Ministers are not part, associate or anything else with our chaplaincy or Eric Michel Ministries International
Nature and the environment
A garden statue of Francis of Assisi with birds Many of the stories that surround the life of Francis deal with his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the humility towards nature is recounted in the “Fioretti” (“Little Flowers”), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after his death. It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds”. The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. Another legend from the Fioretti tells that in the city of Gubbio, where Francis lived for some time, was a wolf “terrifying and ferocious, who devoured men as well as animals”. Francis had compassion upon the townsfolk, and went up into the hills to find the wolf. Soon, fear of the animal had caused all his companions to flee, though Francis pressed on. When he found the wolf, he made the sign of the cross and commanded the wolf to come to him and hurt no one. Miraculously the wolf closed his jaws and lay down at the feet of Francis. “Brother Wolf, you do much harm in these parts and you have done great evil…”, said Francis. “All these people accuse you and curse you…
But brother wolf, I would like to make peace between you and the people”. Then Francis led the wolf into the town, and surrounded by startled citizens made a pact between them and the wolf. Because the wolf had “done evil out of hunger”, the townsfolk were to feed the wolf regularly, and in return, the wolf would no longer prey upon them or their flocks. In this manner Gubbio was freed from the menace of the predator. Francis even made a pact on behalf of the town dogs, that they would not bother the wolf again. Francis, to show the townspeople that they would not be harmed, blessed the wolf. He preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves. Legend has it that Francis on his deathbed thanked his donkey for carrying and helping him throughout his life, and his donkey wept. Keep your horse healthy and strong naturally and holistically!
What the Pet Chaplain Does?
Animal Chaplaincy Services
Pet owners often see their animals as members of the family and a pet death can
trigger a difficult lonely mourning process Grieving a human loss can actually be
somewhat easier simply because of the support, compassion and permission to
grieve we’re shown.
When that support is missing, where can you turn in your pain?
- Animal Chaplaincy & Family Support services can help you with Prepare for
- Cope with the loss, helping you process the intense feelings of grief, sorrow,
- Move on after pet loss, providing ways to memorialize and celebrate the life
- Accompanying You to Your Pet’s Euthanasia Appointment.
- Pet Funerals
- Celebrate new animal additions
- Group Animal Blessings
Celebrate your pet’s life and begin the healing process with a funeral or memorial service
Receive on-site chaplain support at your pet’s service, which includes prayer, eulogy reading.
You select the location: home, barn, park, church, funeral home, cemetery, crematory, or any place memorable to you and your pet. Please complete online form about you, your pet, and planned service. You will receive a follow-up call within 24 hours.
Fee $: Donation
Receive on-site chaplain support, when your pet has been admitted to the hospital or hospice.
We can visit with your pet, even when you cannot be there. Please complete online form about your pet and location. You will receive follow-up call within 24 hours.
Fee $: Donation
Request on-site chaplain support, when your pet visits the vet for outpatient surgery, euthanasia. to confirm procedure’s date and time.
Fee $: Donation
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Animal chaplains community, including pet loss grief support, animal memorial services, praying for animals who are sick or injured, comforting bereaved family members, holding hands with pet owners during surgery or animal euthanasia at a veterinary clinic or animal hospital, and performing animal blessing ceremonies. Many animal chaplains have pets of their own, and express compassion for the difficult times pet owners may face.In addition to animal loss grief counseling and bereavement support, interfaith Animal chaplains may also deliver guest sermons on the bond between animals and humans, offer spiritual education \regarding the responsibilities of human
beings toward the other creatures of the Earth, visit nursing homes and hospitals, provide animal-assisted therapy, and lead religious services where companion animals are welcome. Still others run animal shelters, animal rescue organizations or other non-profit organizations which benefit people and animals.
Independent animal chaplains may have their own ministries and advertise on the Internet, or they may be ordained clergy working in churches. Animal Chaplains may provide their services free of charge, in exchange for donations, or on a fee-for-service basis. Currently there are no legal standards for the training, licensure and practice of animal chaplains. Some training programs do exist through private companies and non-profit groups, and through mentoring by experienced animal chaplains. One paraprofessional animal chaplain is working to persuade veterinary schools to offer animal chaplain certification programs. Other professional titles for animal chaplains include veterinary chaplains, pet ministers, and animal clergy.