Published in Spot Magazine: The Art of Healing Hearts
I am often contacted by members of the local and national media about the program, and the services and resources we offer to the community. All our services are unique in their own way and are aimed at helping pet owners navigate the grief associated with losing a beloved companion animal and healing. From pet loss support groups that meet four times a month in DoveLewis’ Board Room to memorial art therapy workshops I facilitate monthly in our Community Room, our services have seen growth over the span of the program’s 27 year existence.
I was recently contacted by Spot Magazine,... Read More >
Making a Memory Box
A memory box is a uniquely decorated container in honor of your beloved pet. It is a special place where you can store mementos, photos and keepsakes of your pet.
When you look at your memory box and explore its contents, you may feel a connection to your beloved pet. Having a lovingly decorated memory box on display in your home is a beautiful remembrance.
Creating a memory box to honor your lost loved one can be a very healing experience. Allow yourself plenty of time and care to make your memory box special; it will reflect your pet and the bond you shared. Choose a theme and... Read More >
Art Therapy Helps Heal Grief
DoveLewis in partnership with Dignified Pet Services is pleased to offer memorial art workshops at our hospital the second Sunday of every month from 3:00-4:30PM. This is a free community service, and I facilitate each session which offers a new opportunity to create a memorial piece of your pet using photos or create a glass keepsake using cremated remains. We welcome the community to attend, but space is limited for each session. If you are interested in attending, please click here for more information and to reserve your spot.
Beginning with our first session of community... Read More >
World Pet Memorial Day
Did you know that the second Sunday in June is World Pet Memorial Day? This special day was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA was established in 1863, it is a not-for-profit association representing more than 82,500 veterinarians.
Last Sunday, June 10th, was the 2012 World Pet Memorial Day. I want to help spread the word so more pet lovers around the world will celebrate those cherished times and the memories of pets that have passed. As I mentioned, this is an annual holiday occurring the second Sunday in June every year, so mark your calendar... Read More >
February is “Mend a Broken Heart ” month
February is “Mend a Broken Heart” month.
The Community Memorial Art project for February is ideal to help in mending hearts broken through grief and loss. Our project is transforming a simple white prayer candle into a personalized memorial candle to honor a beloved pet.
Lighting a candle in honor of those who have passed is a centuries old tradition that allows us to express what we cannot communicate with words. Lighting a candle for our loved ones is a meaningful act. It helps us to remember and honor their life and their memory. For many, candles can be reflections of our... Read More >
Lonny, Jingle Bear, and the Season of Magic
My friend, Deb shared this story of holiday magic with me and I was so touched as I often am by the amazing stories of love and loss and hope that I have the honor to hear from people. I asked Deb to share her wonderful story in this blog. In her own words;
Our Golden Retreiver, Lonny, left us on October 19, 2006. Like all parents suffering a loss, we were at turns devasted and hopeful - devastated that we had to continue without Lonny, and hopeful that he would still make his presence known somehow and send us a message. Thanks to Enid and the Pet Loss Support groups at... Read More >