st. francis meditation and pet memorial garden


First in the Region!


All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore has received a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to transform its small church courtyard into a multi-use space – a contemplative meditation and pet memorial garden located at the very heart of our church.  

Landscape contracting proposals are currently being invited. See below.

Our St. Francis garden – a first-of-its-kind -- will be a space that welcomes all to come to pray and seek inner peace and – for pet parents who have lost beloved animal companions --  a place to honor their beloved deceased animal friends with a plaque or by interring their cremated remains in hermetically sealed above-ground stone urns. 

Our garden will offer an environment of comfort and peace to families, who can gather privately to grieve, pray, remember, and seek solace surrounded by the confides of the calming church buildings. 

The St. Francis Meditation and Pet Memorial Garden It will be open from 

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment, and humans seeking spiritual counsel and support may do so through our priest and our on-site pet chaplain and Certified Pet Loss Bereavement Counselor.

All Saints is the home of the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry, which provides love and support for all those who love animals, offering a monthly service for people and their animals (the third Sunday of each month, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in Parish Hall), certified pet loss bereavement counseling, and – from our Pet Chaplain – companioning humans through difficult life transitions with their animal companions, including euthanasia. Perfect Paws also offers Pet Ministry Therapy Dogs -- a partnership with Dog B.O.N.E.S. Therapy Dogs of MA – certifying teams and deploying them throughout the north shore.

Landscaper Contractors: to receive a copy of our request for proposals, and make an appointment to see the space, please contact the parish office at