Throughout history, humans have marked the inherent worth of a life through ceremony -sprinkling the downy-soft head of a baby, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, and singing Amazing Grace at a funeral. Similarly, animal blessings and memorial services serve to honor the sacred worth of the animals with whom we share our lives.
Life Celebrations and Memorial Services
Both individual and an annual communal candlelight service held in December offer an opportunity for those who have experienced the death (recent or long ago) of a companion animal to honor him or her through words, song, and prayer.
Blessing of the Animals
Blessings of the Animals offer an opportunity for participants - humans and their beloved companion animals - to publicly affirm the richness of their relationships and express gratitude for the gifts of grace and beauty their animals bring into their homes, lives, and our world. Ginny officiates blessings throughout the year in both sacred and secular environments including these annual events:
Saint Francis Sculpture Garden and Path Blessing (usually the first Sunday in October)
LaughFest’s People and Pets Event (usually in March)