Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Pet Remembrance Service offered at First Congregational Church

Pet Remembrance Service offered at First Congregational Church

Pets give us such joy and unconditional love; and are often regarded as members of the family. When we lose them, the grief we experience can be as powerful as it is with the loss of any human family member; in some cases, more so. Because of that pet memorial services have become very common over the 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.

With that in mind, 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. So 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, April 30 in the FCC Sanctuary. If you wish, you may bring a picture of your beloved departed pet or pets to share with us as you say a few words about those you have lost. Please do not bring pets that are still with you to this service. A special Pet Blessing service for those pets will be held in October, as we have done the past few years. Those attending will also receive a special memento to take away from this service.
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 about 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, April 30 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.

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