Lombard Veterinary Hospital to hold pet blessing
LOMBARD – A special pet blessing ceremony will be held Saturday by the Lombard Veterinary Hospital to celebrate local pets in the community and to remember any pets who have died. The ceremony is at 3 p.m. at the Lombard Veterinary Hospital, 244 E. St. Charles Road.
This annual event was started after Pastor Emily Mellott of Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard lost her 14-year-old cat. When she received a sympathy card from the Lombard Veterinary Hospital, she began working with the organization to provide a service for people to celebrate the lives of their pets or mourn their passings.
"We decided to offer a memorial service and a blessing," Mellott said. "Losing a pet can be a very painful experience, and there are not a lot of ways to acknowledge that hurt in a community. And many people do their grieving while caring for other pets, or welcome new pets into their homes, so it was important to us to offer blessings for all pets at the same time."
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