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St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Animals and Pets

St. Francis and Pet Loss

St. Francis is the patron of pets and animals

St. Francis is the patron of pets and animals

While many people grieve the loss of their pets, they find little solace or peace.  They toss and turn without any relief from the sudden loss of their friend.  One should in such turmoil attempt to find some inner peace via spirituality.  One heavenly friend to turn to is St. Francis of Assissi, the patron of animlas and pets.

St. Francis is a Christian saint that has gained renown throughout the Western world for his love of animals.  Many stories relate his interaction and love for animals.  He referred to his animal friends as “brother” or “sister”.  Far from a Taoist, Francis’ love for animals was merely because they were fellow creations and manifestations of God’s love for everything.  Still even those of non-Christian background and find awe and inspiration in the love Francis showed for the other species of this planet.

When in sorrow over the loss of a pet, one should find peace that St. Francis understands this loss and will gladly hear our cries and care for our pets until the day comes when we meet them in the afterlife as well.

If you are interested in pet loss grief, please review the program.  Also if you are interested in Christian related grief topics, review our Christian Grief Program as well.


Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C

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