Study: 1/3 of Us Think Therapy Dogs Are Beneficial to Funeral Services

Lori Ennis
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New research says that canines make the hardest part of life–death–a little bit better, as more funeral homes offer the support of therapy dogs.

A recent study by the National Association of Funeral Directors shows that over a third of Americans would be in favor of having a therapy dog present at funeral services they attended or planned.

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Funeral homes are obviously places where emotions run high, and the grief loved ones feel for their lost family members is palpable. Therapy dogs are keenly sensitive to feelings, and are trained to help comfort and calm people when needed. More funeral homes are incorporating therapy dogs into its services, finding that dogs bring comfort to people when they need it the most.

Many funeral homes incorporate therapy dogs from the pre-planning stage all the way through to the funeral service, and the response from many has overwhelmingly been positive.

Often, the therapy dogs are particularly helpful in family situations where children are grieving, as the apparent lack of words for the grief seems like a bond dogs and children can share.

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One funeral home already implementing the services of a therapy dog is Ballard-Durand Funeral and Cremation Services, located in White Plains, New York. Ballard-Durand employs a Goldendoodle named Lulu as its official Comfort Companion. Lulu comforts the grieving who come to say goodbye to a loved one. Outside of work, she’s a family dog, but at the funeral home, Lulu delivers a special service that can only come from dogs.

Have you ever seen a therapy dog at a funeral home? Would you like more funeral homes offer this service? Comment below!

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