Animal Remembrance Ceremony

The Honoring the Bond Program has provided a Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony every spring/summer since 2009.  OSU VMC Clients that have lost their companion animal in the previous year are invited to join us for this annual event. 

The typical agenda for the ceremony includes short speeches from a variety of people about loss and the celebration of the lives of our lost companion animals.  We show a slideshow that includes photos that have been submitted by owners that will attend the ceremony.  We also offer a personal remembrance at our Remembrance Tree area, located on east side of the Veterinary Medical Center.  The first three years, owners placed hearts on the tree.  The last two years, we wanted something a little more permanent. Owners wrote their pet's name and optionally, some words, on a stone/marker, and placed under the tree.

After the personal remembrances at the tree, many owners choose to stay for an additional activity in which we make a keepsake to take with us.  One year, owners made scrapbook pages with words, memories and/or photos of their animals.  In 2012, we made magnets with photos of our companion animals, as well as memory boxes.  Feedback from owners that have attended this part of the ceremony has been positive.  Owners have talked about this part being a nice way to actually talk with others that are experiencing similar feelings about their loss.  It is a nice way for owners to share their special memories about the lives of their companions that are no longer with us. 

Please feel free to click on the tabs to the right of this page for photos, slideshow and/or video from previous ceremonies.  

For questions, please contact Joelle Nielsen at  or (614) 247-8607

Please note that the RSVP deadline has passed.  You are still welcome to attend the event, with the understanding that we may not be able to include your pet in the slideshow.  We will do our best.  Please email joelle [dot] nielsen [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu the following infromation: 


First Name _____________________________
Last Name _____________________________
Email _________________________________
Phone Number __________________________
Will you be able to climb 20 steps?            Yes                   No
How many adults will be in attendance? __________
How many children will be in attendance? _________
Pet's Name __________________________________________
Date of Birth, if known (xx-xx-xxxx): __________________________
Date of Death, if known (xx-xx-xxxx): ____________________________
Words for the slideshow_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Parking and entrance for the Remembrance Ceremony:

parking and entrance for the Remembrance Ceremony