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This Funeral Home Therapy Dog is Helping Grieving Families Heal, One Smile at a Time

Published: July 7, 2016
by Ballard-Blog

JULY 7, 2016 – Featured on

“Everyone deals with grief differently, and for many it’s all about the healing process. At Ballard Durand Funeral & Cremation Services, in White Plains, NY, they understand the importance of honoring lost loved ones, and in order to help grieving families heal, they’ve brought in a special helper.

Lulu, an adorable two-year-old Goldendoodle, has been the funeral home’s certified therapy dog since May 2015.

Dogs like Lulu offer a certain healing power; called a “Comfort Companion,” she provides affection and support to those in need.

“Humans need to touch,” funeral home president Matthew Fiorillo told TODAY. “Even just petting her can be a subtle distraction from the tremendous amount of grief people are going through.”‘

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