She’s cute, outgoing, and caring. Walk into a room where she is, and she comes right over to meet you. She makes you feel welcome and special, and she’ll sit next to you as long as you’d like her to.
Willow’s good temperament made her the perfect candidate to undergo extensive training to become a professional grief therapy dog. With a well-trained sense for sniffing out people who are sad, she nuzzles their hand, lays her head in their lap, stands by their side and lets them know that she’s there to comfort them.
Her presence helps mourners feel calmer and know that they’re supported during their grieving. She also lightens an atmosphere that can be challenging for anyone.
Willow is available to be present when families are making funeral arrangements for a loved one, during calling hours and funeral services, and for a special pre-service children’s activity. She can also be there for people who have lost a pet and turn to Schoedinger’s Pet Services division for help with pet memorial services, pet tribute products, pet cemetery arrangements and individual cremation.
Willow is one of the compassionate staff based at Schoedinger Midtown Chapel, located at 229 E. State St. Her workplace, one of my favorite Downtown architectural landmarks, is located on the site that was first purchased in 1809 by Lyne Starling, a founder of Columbus who built Starling Medical College, which stood a block to the east until it was razed to make way for Grant Medical Center. A home was built on the site during the Civil War, and Starling’s descendant, Dr. Starling Loving, bought it in 1884 and lived there until his death in 1911. Philip Schoedinger, a cabinet maker who began an undertaking business in 1855, purchased the home from Loving’s daughter and her husband and incorporated it into a mortuary chapel that he built on the site in 1918.