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Healing Hearts for Pet Lovers February 10

bleeding hearts and forget met nots
Bleeding Hearts and Forget-Me-Nots

After the rush of the holidays, in the quiet of winter, the grief of a recent loss can return as we remember the people and the animal companions who’ve left our lives.

“I schedule this healing and nurturing event around Valentine’s Day each year to help mend the hearts of people who may have suffered a recent loss, or for whom an previous loss is somehow fresh,” said  Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation in Bridgeville.

When we lose one of our precious animal companions, our own aftercare is very important. I am comforted to know that Deb Chebatoris of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is there for me, that she will lovingly and respectfully receive the body of each of my cats, knowing that they will be handled and cremated with dignity, and that the cremains I receive will indeed be theirs.

I am also grateful that for the eight years she has been in business, Deb has scheduled this one-afternoon session to provide grieving families with help and resources to work through the trauma of losing a beloved companion.

Guests will be in the company of other families who know the feeling of losing a pet. Families grieving the loss of their pet are welcome whether or not they have worked with Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and are welcome to listen to and to share stories of their animal companions. Any person who is having trouble coming to terms with the loss of a pet, regardless of when the loss occurred, is welcome to attend.

The afternoon will involve both education and remembrance to provide grieving families with help and resources to work through the trauma of losing a beloved companion.

  • Grief Information
  • Grief Resources
  • Tributes
  • Fellowship

Please bring a friend to support you or who also might benefit from attending.

The session is free and will include a speaker, Elizabeth Babcock, LCSW, to provide grieving families with help and resources to work through the trauma of losing a beloved companion.

butterfly in forget me nots
The Butterfly

Where and When

Healing Hearts for Pet Lovers is on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at LaBella Bean Café in Bridgeville, 609 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017, just two blocks away from Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. LaBella Bean will be closed to the public during this session.

So that Deb and LaBella Bean may properly prepare and also contact you in the event of bad weather, please RSVP if you are planning to attend by calling 412-220-7800.

For any updates about Healing Hearts you can either check sign up to receive blog posts from Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation or friend them on Facebook using the links at left to automatically receive notices.

And please visit our website at to read about our services and other pet-related resources we offer.

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As an aside, the photo of the bleeding hearts and forget-me-nots at the top are from my own garden; they are planted around the sleeping cat figure I have under the trees as a memorial to the felines who shared my life to the ends of their days. The Butterfly has a story, related to Cookie.

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