The goal of a hospice is to provide emotional support, comfort, and care for patients during the final stage of life. The patient's quality of life is maintained for as long as the patient can receive it. Making a patient comfortable and reducing the stress of the situation as they are in the final stages of life is the gift that therapy dogs bring.
When grieving families feel overwhelmed with emotions, many cannot cope with the loss of a family member or friend. Therapy dogs provide comfort and support to families and friends trying to manage their grief. Therapy dogs allow those grieving to receive some comfort and relieve their stress and anxiety for a bit.
What a great idea! Heather Leigh, general manager at Greenhaven Memorial Gardens and Life Tribute Center in Elgin, SC allows families of veterans, law enforcement and emergency service personnel to pay to fly their flags on days of their choice on a special flagpole at the front of the cemetery.