Seven Stones cemetery in Douglas County hosts pet memorial event

Cemetery holds event each year for beloved animal companions

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A botanic garden and cemetery in Chatfield gave community members the opportunity to grieve the pets they lost over the past year during a memorial event Sept. 12

Seven Stones cemetery, which is mostly for people but also has a pet ossuary, hosts the annual event to allow residents to scatter their companions’ ashes for free. 

“We thought it would be very important to give our families an event to celebrate the life of their pet that they had,” said Becky Holm with Seven Stones.

About 25 people attended and 15 pets were celebrated, she said. 

The event typically honors people’s cats and dogs but also sometimes features other animals such as birds. 

“It’s such a beautiful event and it is always at the perfect time of year because the weather is amazing out here this time of year,” Holmes said. “The gardens and beauty of nature really helps families process their grief.”

The memorial, sponsored primarily by Caring Pathways, began at 10 a.m. and ended at about noon. Attendees shared stories about their pets and had a chance to participate in a craft to memorialize their pet. 

A ceremony led by Mourning to Light Pet Loss focused on “the importance of pets in our lives and how much joy they bring us,” Holmes said. “And how they’re always with us.”

The memorial “gives them a place to process the loss of their sweet little family members,” she said. 

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