Therapeutic Pets

By: Brooke Colby-Dubuque
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

I worked in Healthcare for eight years, before making the decision to pursue a career as a Funeral Director. While serving in a Nursing Home setting, I witnessed firsthand the therapeutic effect furry friends can have on our most vulnerable. Animals never failed to cheer people up and lift their spirts. Some of the residents, who did not verbalize much, would suddenly talk all about their visit with the animals and share stories of the pets they had growing up.

Not many cats came to visit and one of our residents at the time loved cats more than I did. I brought my own cat, Misfit, in to visit with her. I do not think I ever saw her smile so much. My dog Molly loved going to visit as well. Staff and residents would always “sneak” her treats and Molly would simply sit there and let them pet her to their heart’s content.

Transitioning from work in a Nursing Home to the Funeral Home, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the therapeutic effect of animals. Funeral homes have started to incorporate therapeutic pets into their teams, in order to help grieving families wade through tough times. Animals can bring comfort and provide a calming presence during moments of decision making, helping to stave off feelings of loneliness. I know when I have a had a tough or emotional day the first thing I want to do is curl up with my cats!

Pets are the perfect ice breaker and allow us to connect with others on common ground. They open doors to new friendships, and lead to impromptu conversations with someone while out for a stroll. Animals allow us to trust and love them openly. They may well be the confidant we need, while we are the companion they require. Take time to snuggle your own pets, volunteer at a local animal shelter, or reach out to a local pet therapy group. Enrich your life with a new furry friend.     

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Good Grief

'Good Grief' is the go-to expression of frustration in the world of Peanuts, from that loveable Charlie Brown.  Well maybe it should have been Charlie Brown in Lucy’s Counselling Booth.  ...

New Year, New Outlooks to Life!

A new year brings new outlooks to life.  The ever changing world around us can seem very unsettling.  Depressing news, COVID updates, lockdowns, loss of loved ones, and the list goes on.&...

Live Streaming

As Covid-19 restrictions continue to fluctuate, the need for a funeral remains constant. Funeral Homes have been tasked with acquiring the appropriate technologies to allow for families to take par...

New Years Resolution

Reading the news is as cemented in my morning routine as a cup (or two) of coffee. Without fail the lingering days of the closing year, and the first week of the new, are embodied by articles about...

Turn, turn, turn

In the summer of 2005, on a Sunday morning, my grandfather passed away. As we were making arrangements for a Wednesday funeral, that Tuesday afternoon, my grandmother, on my Mom’s side, died too. H...

We Must Remember Them

We MUST Remember Them… For Funeral Directors across Canada, Remembrance Day is one of the most significant days of the year. It is a time where we can come together as a nation to reflect on ...