Meet Roxie, our bereavement dog

Roxie is our gorgeous black labrador. She was born in June 2011 and spends at least three days a week at one of our offices.

As she has grown up, Roxie has developed her role as a bereavement dog, in much the same way that pat dogs visit nursing homes and hospices. Her presence has encouraged noticeable changes in many people.

We believe very strongly in the therapeutic qualities of dogs, and many of our clients have met Roxie and now come in specifically to see her. There is something about the innocence and friendliness of dogs that helps enormously when we experience bereavement. Their love never falters.

Of course, if you don’t like dogs, there is no problem at all. Roxie stays out of the way until you want to meet her, and she’s very used to that.

What is a bereavement dog?

Pet therapy is common in care homes, hospitals and schools and bereavement dogs can really help people feel companionship after the loss of their loved one. Roxie provides a calming presence for people, especially children, who are attending a funeral home. She can also relax people who have never attended one before and don’t know what happens.