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Funeral Home Now Has a Comfort Dog to Assist the Grieving

Funeral Home Now Has a Comfort Dog to Assist the Grieving

admin No Comments June 27, 2017
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A dog at a funeral? Conventional thought would say it’s disrespectful. But a funeral home in Austin, Texas, has discovered how comforting a therapy dog can be to grieving family and friends.

Kermit, a border collie, is a certified therapy dog working his magic at Affordable Burial and Cremation in Austin.

A First

Kermit is the first certified therapy dog in Texas active in the funeral industry. The owner of the service is Melissa Unfred, also the dog’s owner.

She told a reporter that getting Kermit certified was a long journey, but well worth it. He “takes the tension out of the room” and helps people who have lost someone close.

Kermit’s path to certification included passing his Canine Good Citizenship test and completing a series of classes at the Austin Dog Alliance.

The Right Personality

According to Unfred, Kermit has perfect personality for therapy work. Calling it “chill,” she said, “He gravitates to those who seem to need him.”

When a family comes into the funeral home to make arrangements, Kermit is in the room. Time and again, Unfred reports, people reach out automatically to pet him and become less tense.

At funerals, he sits by the register book. He’s in the background, but there for comfort when people need it. The results have been “ very beneficial for those in mourning.”

Unfred asks families before including Kermit, and many are happy to have him there for his ability to bring solace. In his spare time, the dog visits hospitals and hospice centers.

The Importance of Training

The dog has been so helpful that other funeral homes are considering adding a dog for comfort during the funeral process. But not just any dog can do this job.

One thing that sets Kermit apart is his training. Unfred emphasizes, “I think the important thing funeral homes need to realize is they need to go through the proper process in order to call their animal a therapy animal.”

Though many family dogs provide reassurance and comfort during stressful times, they may not be suitable for therapy work. According to experts, the best therapy dogs are born with several essential characteristics.

They should be naturally social and easy to control. Dogs that fit easily into the job enjoy being touched and are comfortable around various types and loudness of sounds. The dog should find it easy to make eye contact and handle strange settings and objects comfortably.

Therapy Dog Registration

Another important step in the process is to officially register a therapy dog. USA Service Dog Registration makes it simple, just three steps. And it’s free.

In addition, the site offers a variety of helpful resources for therapy dog owners. Find out where you can take them and how they differ from service dogs.

The store at USA Service Dog Registration offers a variety of useful products for therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support animals. These include ID tags, vests, collars and leashes.

When it’s time to register your therapy dog, use the simple 3-step process at USA Service Animal Registration.

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SERVICE DOG ID CARD USA Service Animal Registration Your Service Dog ID card will include our convenient QR Code for a quick scan link to our registry lookup. By simply entering your dog\'s registration number your official registered profile will be accessible for quick verification in the event the validity of your service dog is ever questioned. 2054
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THE BEST! - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
THANK YOU! NOW MY DOG CAN ALWAYS BE WITH ME WHERE EVER I GO
Do I get it in the mail? - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
I'm waiting for it in the mail
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5/ 5stars
I’m a satisfied customer
exelente - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
exelente me encanto todo muy buena calidad
Support Registration - by , March 25, 2011
4/ 4stars
It was good, it's just the digital part you pay $ 92.00 and then have to pay to get it printed out. But Thanks for everything.
Excellent - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Easy to apply. Delivered quickly
Return customer - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
USA service dog makes this so easy! The mental health professional got back to me the next day and I had my letter within 2 days !
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5/ 5stars
The process was very simple and everyone was super helpful. I would definitely recommend them!
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5/ 5stars
Easy ordering process, very quick shipping, timely delivery and the product exceeded my expectations for quality and workmanship. Would definitely recommend this to friends and family.
Shipping cost? - by , March 25, 2011
4/ 4stars
The service was fast and the items are exactly as described. I am currently in Mexico and was very pleased that the items were shipped here, however 100 dollars US to ship 1 lb seems excessive. That being said I am thankful to have these much needed items.
- by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
My therapist registered my dog, so I'm not sure how easy it was to do. However, I really love how quickly I received my tag and card. Now I can't be told that "they don't allow pets" at places anymore.
AMAZING! - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Everyone was incredibly responsive and helpful. I am so thankful for this service!
Light vest and cards - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Fast delivery. Quality products
ID card - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
It looks great, haven't used it yet but will be in the near future
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5/ 5stars
I can't believe they came up with the perfect picture from the photo I sent in. Everything was awsome.
Great products - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Amazing experience. Simple, professional and quality. Thank you!
Fantastic customer service - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Fantastic customer service Maddie went above and beyond I made a mistake when purchasing a vest size for Callie I ordered an extra small she saw a picture of Callie and realized the mistake and contacted me and corrected the issuie thank you so much for the fantastic customer service Maddie!!!
Excellent quality, easy use of website and great customer service, - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Perfect. exactly what I needed.
Benji - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
Great except the certificate did not come ? Only the vest and laminate card ?
Document looks unprofessional - by , March 25, 2011
5/ 5stars
The process was fast and smooth, however the letter that was sent to me looked like I created it myself, not professional looking. No official letterhead, font etc.