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Pet Chaplain, Reverend Karen Orr

In 2016 Karen trained at the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine to become an ordained interfaith minister. During her training she completed an internship as an animal chaplain, working with local veterinarians and a local pet cemetery to provide burial and memorial services. She also completed an internship at the Southern ME Medical Center as part of the palliative care services during which she created a program to offer emotional and spiritual support for patients. At Jones, Rich and Barnes funeral home, Karen served as a funeral officiant. She is a certified End-of-Life Practitioner (commonly known as an End of Life Doula) which has trained her to assist the non-medical aspect to the end of life. Karen has volunteered as a group facilitator for the Center of Grieving Children and for the past five years been a volunteer with the Hospice of Southern Maine.

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