The ceremony will be offered by Rev. Karla. Rev. Karla’s entire life has been spent in the company of animals. Rescuing the homeless and the hurting since a small child, she founded a non-profit spay/neuter clinic in 2005 to address pet overpopulation. That clinic has spayed or neutered almost 150,000 cats and dogs in almost 15 years of operation.
In addition to her work with spay/neuter, she and her husband have rescued hundreds of cats and dogs over the years, many of which they adopted. Through her own experience of holding space for the dying pets and her grief connected with each death, Karla saw how little was known about pet grief and how ill-equipped our society was to comfort those grieving the loss of pets.
Karla’s years of spiritual care and companioning with those seeking to find joy and peace in their lives gives her the experience to bring empathy, compassion and gentleness to this ceremony. Rev. Karla will also draw on the abundant teachers of wisdom in spirituality and her end-of-life doula training that have been the foundation of her 5 years of study, culminating with her 2 years in seminary.
These gatherings are free, but registration is required. They Were Here, and They Mattered is held periodically throughout the year.