Cherished animals honored at DeJohn Pet Services’ Blessing of Animals and Memorial service – News-Herald


After a 12 months off, DeJohn Pet Services’ annual Blessing of the Animals and Memorial Service returned on Oct.10, as group members introduced their furry mates to obtain a blessing from a minister, and honor different pets who’ve handed away.

DeJohn Pet Services is positioned on the campus of DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home at 28890 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills. The pet companies division presents memorial, cremation and burial companies for pets of all types.

According to Sherri DiPietro, supervisor of DeJohn Pet Services, the Blessing of the Animals has been a yearly custom for over a decade. This 12 months, the out of doors service supplied pet house owners an opportunity to return out and have their pets obtain a blessing prayer from Eric Leissa, a pastor from Body of Christ Community church in Willoughby.

“We are gathered here to give thanks for our animal companions that are with us today,” Leissa instructed the gang. “May we appreciate the warmth, humor, and loyalty that touches our hearts in ways beyond compare. We come together today to ask for God’s grace as we care for our pets who sometimes struggle with illness or age.”

Community members introduced their canines and cats to the annual Blessing of the Animals service that was held outside on Oct. 10 at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home in Willoughby Hills.(Sheena Holland Dolan –The News-Herald)

Leissa and DiPietro learn scriptures from the Bible associated to animals, numerous pet remembrance poems and the The Fransiscan Blessing, impressed by St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Along with the blessings, attendees have been additionally in a position to honor the reminiscence of beloved pets whom that they had misplaced. DiPietro and her group wrote down the names of pets who had handed away on a rainbow balloon, which was launched at the conclusion of the service.

Many of the pet mother and father in attendance at the service, corresponding to Sue Handley-Stavar, had utilized DeJohn Pet Services previously for memorials and burial or cremation companies. Handley-Stavar mentioned she appreciated all of the non-public touches the DeJohn Pet Services workers put into the care of her beloved “heart dog” Cody, who handed away earlier this 12 months.

DiPietro defined that DeJohn Pet Services was began in 2009 by CEO Ross DeJohn Jr., and her personal canine was one of the primary pets to obtain memorial companies when the division was simply starting to get off the bottom. DiPietro mentioned she felt the thought of providing pet house owners many of the identical choices as human funerals need to look after and memorialize their animals after they die was a well-needed service.

“I was so inspired by how different this was than traditional veterinary services for death, so I said ‘I want to work for you,’” she recalled.

Many group members, such because the Koenig household and their husky Neela, welcomed the return of the annual Blessing of the Animals service. The service allowed households to take part in a gaggle blessing and additionally give pets a non-public blessing from a neighborhood minister.(Sheena Holland Dolan — The News-Herald)

Over the years, DiPietro has provide you with many various memento concepts, together with making memorial movies, pawprint and nose-print impressions in clay or with ink or creating angel wings out of fur.

“I look at them as kids — when I take care of somebody’s baby, it’s a child in a furry coat,” she mentioned.

Of course, the companies aren’t restricted to simply canines and cats– DiPietro mentioned she has cared for birds, turtles and different much less conventional pets as nicely. She mentioned all types of pets are welcomed, and their companies are all given a private contact.

“The things we have here are a mirror image of the human side,” DiPietro mentioned.