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Pet Memorial: Celebrating the Animals We Have Loved

For the past eight years, the Argus Institute at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital has hosted an annual Pet Memorial ceremony for clients of the hospital who have lost a beloved companion animal.

In 2016, nearly 140 individuals came together for the annual Pet Memorial to celebrate the animals who have touched their hearts and shaped their lives. Gail Bishop, clinical coordinator for Argus, served as the celebrant for the event.

All who attended were encouraged to bring mementos of their pets to display during the ceremony and submit photos for a memorial slideshow.


 2016 Pet Memorial Video


Testimonials from Past Attendees

“The slide show is my favorite part of the memorial. It is amazing to see all of the pets that people have loved, and so comforting to know that we are all missing them and at the same time laughing and smiling at our sweet memories together.”

“The pet memorial was so heart-warming. It was helpful for healing and meant so much! I can't say enough about it. I loved the music, speakers, poems and the card with memory touch stone. Thank you so much for offering this.”

“Yesterday we attended the Pet Memorial and we want to give our thanks to everyone involved. Everything, from the invitation to the lovely catered luncheon after, spoke a true intention to help those who have lost their pets. The welcome, comfortable setting, memorial display tables, flowers, printed programs, and the program itself were wonderful, healing gestures that meant so much. Somehow, all that attention to detail let us know that our sorrows are real, and that someone understands. Thank you so much for a job not just well done, but elegantly done.”


The Argus Institute could not host the Pet Memorial event without the generous support of the following sponsors: Flint Animal Cancer Center, CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, CSU Pet Hospice, Precious Pals Cemetery at Rest Haven, Fiona’s Delicatessen, Home to Heaven, Precious Memories, Rainbow Bridge, and World By the Tail, Inc.