More pets these days are considered part of the family. When a loved pet dies, the loss felt by human companions is comparable to the death of a family member. Attending a pet memorial is a healthy way for humans to cope with the deaths of companion animals.
Two organizations that work closely with pets and their human companions are creating the Twin Cities area’s first-ever Pet Memorial Day event on National Pet Memorial Day, September 8th. Pets Remembered Cremation Service and MN Pets have teamed up to hold an inaugural memorial ceremony on the Stone Arch Bridge at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The two organizations are uniquely suited for hosting the event, as they are dedicated to providing end-of-life services to pets and their families.
“Many cities across the U. S. hold special events every year on the second Sunday in September to honor departed pets and to celebrate their lives,” notes Skip Wyland of Pets Remembered, who has more than 30 years of working with bereaved families and individuals in the funeral and pet cremation industry. “Unlike many large metropolitan areas, the Twin Cities does not have a city pet cemetery where a Pet Memorial Day can take place. Hopefully this inaugural occasion will give people the opportunity to remember their pets in a fitting manner.”
“A beautiful ceremony will give pet owners a venerable place to celebrate and remember their pets in a community of fellow pet lovers,” adds Veterinarian Dr. Rebecca McComas of MN Pets, which offers gentle at-home euthanasia services, including grief counseling.
The program for the Pet Memorial Day event includes a procession of events. Live music will be provided by renowned acoustic guitarist Joel Shapira. There will be some welcome remarks and selected readings. A memorial tree will be planted during the ceremony, where people will be able to bury their pets’ ashes. Rose petals will also be scattered from the Stone Arch Bridge. A number of local pet organizations will be on hand, to which people can make a donation in memory of deceased pets. People interested in participating can RSVP in advance.
Pet Memorial Day is occurs on the second Sunday of each September. The observance was created in 1972 by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries to recognize the importance of remembering beloved lost pets.