Death is part of life – but no matter how much we accept this fact, it still does not make things easier for those who are left behind. We turn to different channels to grieve as we try to move on and accept that our loved ones have passed away.
At times we turn to our family for consolation during these tough times – but what if they are also grieving? Then it would be selfish of us to demand comfort from those who need it as badly as we do. If only there are professional comforting individuals for people grieving – but that wouldn’t feel genuine and sincere.
In Windfield funeral home, found in the small town of Smithfield, Rhode Island – there is an employee whose job is to console grieving individuals. Nope, this employee is not human, but an 18-month old Golden Retriever aptly named “Buddy” and since Buddy is a pup, you can guarantee the affection he will give is sincere and genuine.
Buddy is a therapy dog – and his method of treatment is through hugs and companionship. He greets visitors with a warm smile as they come in and it really helps lighten up the mood especially for those who are grieving.
As you probably already know, most dogs can sense grief and are quick to act upon it. They console grieving people with their warm affection and it seriously helps sad people through tough times. Buddy can also quickly distinguish people who want to be consoled and those who don’t want any and he stays away from them.
Tommy Winfield – the owner of the establishment is aware of Buddy’s talent as Buddy was actually trained to comfort grieving people or those who just need some cuddling. There was this one instance that a war veteran who was deployed in Iraq suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), knelt in front of Buddy and he quickly went to the veteran and cuddled with him – giving the war veteran the emotional support that he badly needed.
This only further proves the point that we humans really don’t deserve dogs – and that we can get love and affection from all walks of life and different forms of life.