For anyone who has experienced the loss of a pet, the sense of grief can be overwhelming. Seldom is there opportunity to mourn and express grief. Baltimore Humane Society takes the loss of a pet seriously and is inviting the public to the first annual Pet Memorial Sunday, September 9th at 1 p.m. held by Nicodemus Memorial Park at Baltimore Humane Society in observance of National Pet Memorial Day.
Andrew Mazan, Nicodemus Memorial Park Director and certified bereavement counselor, will lead the ceremony. “Grief Response to Pet Loss” will be addressed by Veronica Clarke, MS, Bereavement Counselor from Stella Maris. Dr. Mary Zink, Baltimore Humane Society Veterinary Medical Director, will speak on “Letting Go Without Guilt.” Rev. Alice Reid, spiritual director of the non-denominational Center for Spiritual Living Central Maryland, located in Reisterstown will speak about “Love Lives On”. Julie Cares, poet and Assistant Principal at North County High School in Glen Burnie will read her original poem, “She Hated My Singing”. Guitarist singer/songwriter Norm Hogeland will perform, and Monica Kuo and Minwei Cao from Dulaney Flute Ensemble will play during the flower ceremony.
Portrait artist, Joanna Barnum, will also be creating quick pencil sketches of pets from their photos for a nominal fee that will be shared with Baltimore humane Society.
Pet Memorial Sunday ceremony is for anyone who may have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, no matter when the loss occurred. Friends and family are also welcome. Anyone attending is asked to bring a photo of their pet to put on display during the ceremony and a flower to place in their honor. They are also being asked to RSVP with the name or names of pets they’d like read aloud at the ceremony. RSVP to 410-833-8848 ext. 219 or [email protected]/
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