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The human and animal relationship has existed for millennia and the way they have been regarded has varied greatly between cultures over time. The ancient Egyptians and some Asian religions regard some animals as Gods, while in other societies they were simply food or beast of burden.
The keeping of animals as pets has been practiced for thousands of years. In today’s society we celebrate our animals in many different ways... Celebrant Ros McFarlane is talking to us today about pet ceremones...
From Rebecca Skinner
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Celebrant Member
Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.
They become part of our family, a much loved friend, and a large part of our lives. So when they’re no longer with us, it’s quite normal to feel an intense sorrow and the pain of loss and separation.
A memorial service embraces the grieving process, acknowledges a special relationship with a pet and offers comfort to those that have loved and lost. It is also a chance to celebrate their life and to remember all the happy times together. Anatole France, a French poet, journalist, and novelist famously remarked: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”