They Bring A Therapy Dog To A Funeral, Then Everybody’s Mood Changes For The Better

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

Studies show that dogs and cats reduce stress and make us healthier and happier. As a lifelong dog lover, I wholeheartedly agree! Dogs just make everything better.

Matthew Fiorillo, owner of Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services in Westchester County, New York, knows first hand the power of dogs to comfort and heal. His goldendoodle Lulu is a certified therapy dog who provides grieving families with support, cuddles, and even a few smiles during difficult memorial services.

Affectionately known as the firm’s “Comfort Companion,” Lulu is especially comforting to children who may be frightened or confused by what is going on around them.

“Lulu has an uncanny knack for knowing who needs her most. It amazes me, but she always knows who to walk right up to, who to stay by, who needs her help,” Matthew said.

The majority of Fiorillo’s clients now request Lulu’s presence during the memorial service and many even come back to visit her later.

But at the end of the day when her therapy vest comes off, Lulu loves to run, play fetch and just be a regular dog.

Watch this inspiring video and see Lulu’s therapy work in action. Clearly, she is a natural at making a huge difference to those in need.

Dogs truly make everything better.

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