Prayer for the Death of a Beloved Pet
By Rabbi Barry H. Block
O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. Jax, who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. His happy times in our family’s embrace have ended. We miss Jax.
Help us, O God, to remember the good times with Jax. Remind us to rejoice in the happy times he brought to our home. Let us be thankful for the good life we were blessed to give to him.
We are grateful to You, God, for creating Jax, for entrusting him to our care, and for sustaining him in our love for a measure of time. We understand that all lives must die. We knew that this day would come. Yet, O God, we would have wanted one more day of play, one more evening of love with Jax.
O God, as we have taken care of Jax in life, we ask that You watch over him in death. You entrusted Jax to our care; now, we give him back to You. May Jax find a happy new home in Your loving embrace.
As we remember Jax, may we love each other more dearly. May we care for all Your creatures, for every living thing, as we protected the blessed life of Jax. May his memory bless our lives with love and caring forever. Amen.
July 22, 2015