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In Memory of
Lilly
The Wonder Dog
2007 -
2017

Obituary for Lilly The Wonder Dog

Lilly  The Wonder Dog
People who attend wakes at Central Chapel or live in the vicinity of Central, are well familiar with LILLY THE WONDER DOG. Lilly died Monday, April 24, at the age of 9 ½ after a month long battle with pulmonary lung disease.

Central Chapel owner and Funeral Director, Robert Moynihan, bought Central in late 2010 and adopted Lilly a few weeks after. Lilly was a rescue dog from Chicago Canine Rescue. Moynihan lives upstairs from the funeral home and had never intended for Lilly to be involved in the funeral home itself. In her earliest days at Central, she happened to be in the office with Moynihan when bereaved families came in without an appointment. Moynihan quickly offered to take Lilly upstairs when the families asked that she remain. Over time, Lilly remained with the families when they made funeral arrangements, often seeking out people who were particularly distraught to comfort them. Moynihan always offered to not have Lilly present but in this very dog friendly community, over 95% of families asked her to stay. Lilly was not a trained grief therapy dog but was a grief companion dog by instinct. Two years ago, Lilly was joined by another rescue dog, Dolly the Beagle, who is now 11, to whom the torch has now passed.

A simple burial service was held for Lilly on Tuesday, April 25. Lilly has the distinction of being the first dog buried in a human cemetery that plans to expand to allow for dogs to be buried with their human loved ones.

A public Memorial Service will be held for Lilly on Tuesday, May 3, 2017, at Central Chapel, 6158 S. Central Ave., Chicago. Gathering and Refreshments at 6 p.m, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m.

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Life Story for Lilly The Wonder Dog

By Michele Johnson

Rest in Peace
Lilly The Wonder Dog
Our friend and fellow in grief care, Lilly T. Wonderdog, departed this earth Monday, April 24, 2017 in the arms of her favorite person in the world, her daddy, Robert Moynihan. She is also survived by her darling sister, Dolly, doting mom, Ann Jedlowski, caretaker to the stars, Patti Lyons Grzenia and throes of fans, friends, and loved ones whom she has comforted in their time of need.

Lilly began her grief counseling career when she adopted Bob, who needed lots of counseling! Because he was so easily trained, she set her sights on all those who would come to Central Chapel, deep in the sadness of loss. She had a gift. Lilly was a quiet, calming presence, a soft place to lay ones hand, a loving eye to look to when nothing else made sense. Two years ago a rough situation put a sweet beagle in jeopardy and Lilly decided "we need a sister" so Dolly became the apprentice. The torch is passed.

To say that Lilly won the lotto is an understatement. Our favorite quote is from uncle Marc "You gave that dog a life I hope my dog never finds out about" we love this! Because we know Bob so well, we'll share a secret: it is Bob who really won the lotto. Lilly offered our friend a view of the world free of judgement, with unconditional love and devotion that knew no bounds. He learned how to love himself more fully from her example.

We will miss our Lilly but will see her everyday in the kindness of others. Please keep our friends in your thoughts and prayers. When more than one heart bears the weight of a sorrow, all hearts shall find their way to peace.
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