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Grief Therapy Dogs

We are happy to welcome Monroe and her handler, Karen Keller, for arrangement meetings, visitations and services

Join us in recognition of International Dog Day August 26, 2022 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm and meet Monroe!  Click here for details.

Monroe is certified by Therapy Dogs International and is trained to provide companionship and comfort. As the Therapy Dog International website says, “…understand and experience the joy of what it means to benefit from the all-encompassing love of dogs!” Karen and Monroe generously offer their time to bring this love to families experiencing the loss of a loved one. 

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Benefits of Therapy Dogs

Studies have shown what many have intrinsically known, petting a therapy dog lowers anxiety, stress and depression; it makes you feel better. Your heart rate and blood pressure go down, your muscles relax and your levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin increase.

Words often fall short after a death, but comfort can be found simply by spending time with a therapy dog.  The mood of the room can change with a dog’s presence. These benefits have been realized in hospitals, nursing homes, other institutions and more recently in funeral homes.

We invite you to experience the unconditional love of Monroe!