Pets give us unconditional love and years of joy; they’re often regarded family members. So, when we lose them, the grief we experience can be as powerful as it is with the loss of any other family member; in some cases, more so. Because of that, pet memorial services have become popular in recent years. They give us a chance to celebrate the life of a beloved pet and grieve their loss. They also provide an opportunity to start coping with the loss and moving toward healing.
The Animal Ministries group at First Congregational Church in Oshkosh is hosting a citywide Pet Remembrance Service. At this special service we’ll share memories, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry; but most importantly, we’ll acknowledge our loss and pay tribute to these cherished members of our families. If you – or someone you know – has recently lost a pet, or simply would like to honor a pet who has passed some time ago, please join or invite them to join us.
This Pet Remembrance Service will be held from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, June 24 in the FCC Sanctuary. If you wish, you may bring a picture, collar or favorite toy of your beloved departed pet or pets to be blessed during the service, and you’ll have an opportunity to share a few words about those you have lost, if you so choose. Those attending will also receive a special memento to take home to remember the service by. While the service is free and open to the public, a freewill donation will be taken.
If you have any questions regarding this service, or would like information on becoming a member of the FCC Animal Ministries Group (you needn’t attend First Congregational to be a member), please call Cheryl Hentz, facilitator at 920.209.PETS (920-209-7387). We hope to see you at 10 am on Saturday, June 24 to celebrate and honor the life of your dearly departed pets. First Congregational Church is located at 137 Algoma Blvd., one block west of Main St., near downtown Oshkosh.