Therapy Dogs in Funeral Homes

A canine approach to easing grief.


While some people may consider a funeral service or a viewing to be an inappropriate venue for a dog, more and more funeral homes have a therapy dog on the “staff.” And more people saying a final good-bye to loved ones are opting to have the therapy dog present for the occasion. The presence of a calm, reassuring dog may be particularly helpful for a young child who does not have the words to express his feelings. Dogs do not need words. They can respond to sadness and provide comfort without a conversation.

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