In July of 2017, Reeves and Baskerville funeral homes welcomed Katie, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel to their family of staff as a grief therapy companion. Over the past 2 years, Katie has definitely become one of the most popular members of the team at all of the Reeves and Baskerville funeral home locations.
In a survey commissioned by the National Funeral Directors Association, more than half of respondents said they would be somewhat, very or extremely interested in having a therapy dog present at a funeral or memorial service. To date, Reeves and Baskerville Funeral Homes can attest to that survey as the request for Katie is made at nearly all of the services held at the local funeral homes.
Therapy dogs are becoming more and more commonly found in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. They cheer up the lives of people of all ages, bring comfort when needed, show unconditional love, and provide healing and companionship to those in need.
“Katie’s presence during arrangement conferences and also during visitations and services, has an impact beyond words.” stated Matt Baskerville
The journey of Katie's training is still far from over, but her appearances at funeral arrangements, visitations and funeral services has put smiles on faces, and definitely reinforced our decision to bring on a therapy dog. King Charles Cavalier Spaniels are known for their docile demeanor, and with only just under two years on the job, Katie is definitely making impressions. We welcome families to ask for Katie when they are visiting the funeral home.
Reeves and Baskerville Funeral Homes have locations in Coal City, Gardner, Morris and Wilmington. We have been voted Best Funeral Service Provider by the Reader's Choice Awards; honored annually in Coal City and Wilmington by the National Funeral Directors Association, earning the Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award, and also have received the Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction.