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North Carolina funeral home uses puppy to help grieving families

Mochi is an eight-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog who loves people and loves to sleep.
Credit: Macon Funeral Home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina funeral home just announced the newest member to their team, and she has four legs. Meet Mochi, a therapy dog for grieving families. 

Macon Funeral Home announced Mochi's arrival on their Facebook page last week. According to staff, Mochi is an eight-week-old Bernese Mountain Dog who loves people and loves to sleep. 

"We hope she will become a member of our grief support team and make therapy visits to those in need with her mom, Tori McKay," the Facebook post said. 

Joseph B. Moses, 84, of Franklin, passed away Monday, January 20, 20... 20. Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Lorenz T. Moses and Edna Bowman Moses. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar and Harry and...

A blog on the funeral home's website said Mochi will make visits to the funeral home when families request her and will also make visits to nursing homes in the evenings every couple weeks or so. 

"There is just so much research to support the benefits of having animals available during times of grief, and our community is very much in need of grief support," the blog read.

According to her handler, between the age of 6 months old and one year, Mochi will go to Asheville for proper therapy dog training. 

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