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Funeral home recruits therapy puppy to provide comfort to grieving families

Bernese mountain grief therapy dog dog-happy
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A funeral home in North Carolina has found a very unique way to support grieving families with the help of the newest member of its grief support team.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 09/03/2020, 22:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


The funeral industry is now starting to embrace the therapeutic benefits of therapy dogs for clients who have lost a loved one. Macon Funeral Home in North Carolina has recently taken on a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy to provide comfort to people who are grieving.

Meet Mochi

Mochi, a 9-week-old puppy has recently been enlisted as the funeral home's grief-support dog and she has already had a positive impact on visitors.


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When she is between 6 months to a year old, she will begin her therapy dog training to become a licensed therapy dog.

The home chose a Bernese Mountain Dog because they are well known to be very affectionate dogs with a lovely, relaxed disposition.

Grief therapy

The funeral home is hoping that once Mochi has completed her training, she will be available to families who request her support. She will also visit local nursing homes and spend time with the residents.


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Until then, Mochi will continue to meet guests and visitors to the funeral home until she gets used to being around strangers.