Funeral home welcomes comfort dog

Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home has announced that a comfort dog named Willow will be serving mourners at its Chestertown location. Willow is shown here with Liz Meekins, who won a contest to name the comfort dog.

CHESTERTOWN — Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown has announced that its comfort dog Willow has received Emotional Support Animal and Community Emergency Response Team certification.

According to a news release, John Bellocchio of Fetch and More Dog Training Services in Hackensack, N.J. trained and certified Willow in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.

Willow’s job will be to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one during funeral services and to mix and mingle with mourners at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam site in Chestertown.

“Science has proven that the presence of a dog in a difficult emotional situation can cause lower blood pressure, less depression and less anxiety. We hope that Willow will serve Chestertown and the surrounding communities well,” the funeral home said in a statement.

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