MU College of Veterinary Medicine to host pet memorial event

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 4:25 p.m. CDT; updated 4:52 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 25, 2014

COLUMBIA — Grieving pet owners who have recently lost a pet can participate in a group memorial event Saturday at MU.

Coordinated by the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, the second annual Companion Animal Memorial Event will present speakers and offer counseling to assist the families of animals who have recently died. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Adams Conference Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hosted in conjunction with the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction, the memorial was developed as a service of the organization's Together In Grief, Easing Recovery program, which was designed to specifically help pet owners who recently lost a pet, according to a news release.

Last year's event was a success with more than 40 attendees, event organizer and research center director Rebecca Johnson said, and organizers are expecting more this year to collectively grieve on Saturday.

"The memorial is geared towards people whose pets have been helped by the clinic, and this is our way of helping them through this tough period," Johnson said.

Scheduled to speak is the grief program's coordinator, Francesca Tocco, who specializes in animal grief counseling. Other planned activities include a candle-lighting ceremony and a memorial comprised of deceased pet's memorabilia or toys.  

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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