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Memorial Gathering Event at NC State Veterinary Health Complex Honors Animal Companions

The Veterinary Health Complex at NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a “Kindred Companions Memorial Gathering” that celebrates the human-animal bond at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, the Memorial Gathering is an opportunity for individuals to come together with others to remember a beloved animal and the influence that companion had on their lives.

“The relationshippeople have with animals are often deep and enduring,” says Jeannine Moga, a clinical counselor with the NC State Veterinary Health Complex. “When those animals dierituals like the Memorial Gathering, in which we fondly recall an animal companion, can be comforting.”

Moga, whose specialties include human-animal relationships and animal loss, will help lead the ceremony which will feature remarks by Dr. Dianne Dunning, clinical associate professor and director of the CVM Animal Welfare, Ethics and Public Policy Program.  Dr. Ben Ramsey, associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Caraolina, Greensboro, will also be sharing thoughts on the role of animals and the natural world in our lives.  The Memorial Gathering will involve reflection, candle lighting, and music. Attendees are invited to bring a framed photo of the animal they would like to honor.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place outdoors on the hearth of the Veterinary Health Complex located at 1060 William Moore Drive in Raleigh near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Highway.

Attendees may being a friend but are asked to visit and register online by Sept. 27.