June 5, 2013
Blessings For Beloved Pets - Part II
This past week I posted a blog on whether Jews should say the Mourner's Kaddish for a beloved pet. I have received many responses to that blog both in agreement with me that distinctions must be made between human beings and pets and that the Mourner's Kaddish is meant for mourners to say for parents, spouses, siblings, and children only, and in disagreement that since the Mourner's Kaddish affirms God in life that it is appropriate to say the Kaddish for a pet. Though I do not agree with this position, I am sympathetic, which leads me to post now these two blessings.
The first is my blessing when a beloved pet dies. The second was written by the famed scientist and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer.
A Blessing on the Death of a Beloved Pet
Eternal God of Creation:
Give me the strength and courage to cope with my heart-ache and loss.
May he/she be at peace. Amen.
A Blessing to End the Suffering of Animals - by Albert Schweitzer
Hear our humble prayer, O God,
We entreat for them all
Make us, ourselves,