recently introduced us to Basil the Beagle, who has a 'starring role as a Comfort Companion' at Clive Pugh Funeral Directors in Shrewsbury.
Beautiful Basil is eleven years old, having joined the family business aged six back in 2016. As a natural healer, Basil sits beside families as they make funeral plans, accompanies families to the Chapel of Rest when they visit their loved ones and attends funerals in churches and crematoriums; sitting beside the entrance in the hope his presence will calm mourners as they say their final farewell to their loved one.
Basil's owner Rosalinda told The Mirror:
“Human beings can, understandably, feel uncomfortable when dealing with grief and loss. Basil follows the lead of service dogs often used in health care settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.
“When families are arranging the funeral of their loved, their minds tend to be all over the place. Basil is very perceptive and seems to know that they need to be comforted and as such will sit beside them letting them pat him and stroke him. You can really feel the tension leaving the room."
"This kind of support is vital and families often remark on how helpful having Basil has been for them."