An aging warrior, queen or medicine cat may retire as an elder due to own initiative, when they feel they cannot help the Clan efficiently any more. They report this to the Clan Leader, who calls a Clan Meeting and addresses the warrior.
- Leader: (Warrior), is it your wish to give up the name of a warrior and go to join the elders?
- Warrior: It is.
- Leader: Your Clan honors you and all the service you have given to us. I call upon piritClan to give you many moons of rest.
The Clan will call out the retired warrior's name and she will go to the elder's den.
Usually, an elder ceremony is held only when a cat retires due to old age. If they are forced to retire because of a severe injury, there is no ceremony.