Upstate funeral home hires grief therapy puppy - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate funeral home hires grief therapy puppy

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Staff at an Upstate funeral home has hired some extra help, a grief therapy puppy to help people manage the pain and grief they may be feeling with the loss of a loved one.

Westville Funerals and Cremation says their new golden retriever named Moses is the first grief therapy dog working at a funeral home in the state. He's a fully certified service dog who is just 7 months old.

"When people are hurting, a pet really does help with anxiety and just kind of a backup mode of having someone to love if that loved one's not there," said Andrew Weatherford, of Westville.

Client Roddin Brome lost his mother a few weeks ago, and says Moses helped his family deal with the stress and pain.

"It broke the ice, it broke the anxiety and it made us get our thoughts away from what was really going on," said Brome.

When Moses isn't at the funeral home, he lives with various staff members. He also visits nursing homes and hospices during the week.

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