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Life Lessons from Pet Loss

Saturday, February 22, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Photo Credit: Evan Rabeck


Our beloved pets are a part of the family, and the grief that follows their deaths can be surprisingly intense. Is it possible to view our love for them and management of their exits as a path to transforming our own relationship to death? As dogs, cats, parakeets, gerbils, lizards, and goldfish have shorter lives, caring for them in both youth and old age can teach us a lot about separation, as well how to find meaning in life.

Join us for a conversation on pet end-of-life planning, pet hospice vs. euthanasia, the power of pet funerals and monuments, and digital life stories and memory books with pet loss expert Lucy Morganstern and human funeral director Amy Cunningham. Our talk will be kid friendly with room for family stories.

Lucy Morganstern is a classical musician and funeral celebrant who has supported and guided pet owners through the final phases of their pets’ lives. She encourages animal lovers to design better deaths for pets with the intention of creating a more respectful, peaceful final chapter.

Amy Cunningham is a Brooklyn-based funeral director who blogs about changes in the funeral business with celebrant Kateyanne Unullisi at TheInspiredFuneral.com.

Free to attend, RSVP recommended. Please register using the Eventbrite box below.

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This program is presented in partnership with Park Slope Parents.