The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Social Work will host its winter Pet Memorial Celebration on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, seeks to help pet owners celebrate the lives of their companion animals, both living and dead.
The opportunity to gather with others who have also experienced the loss of an animal can be therapeutic, said Sarina Manifold, the staff social worker at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. The event is an opportunity to find new ways to memorialize their pets, she added.
Participants are encouraged to bring copies of photos of their pet that can be used in a memorial art project. People are also invited to bring a human-friendly food item to share that reminds them of their animal.
The event will be held at the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the UT agricultural campus.
Reservations are required by Dec. 3: 865-755-8839.
Check out images from the past Pet Memorial Celebrations, courtesy UT College of Veterinary Medicine.