Tara's Touch, our Grief Therapy Dog Program


The primary job of our grief therapy dog is to help people feel calmer -- exactly what is needed where people are grieving the loss of a loved one. Therapy dogs are nonjudgmental listeners who want nothing more than to be petted, and to provide comfort to human companions.


Our grief therapy dog program is named Tara's Touch in memory of our first grief therapy dog, Tara. She was a beautiful black lab that brought comfort to so many people.  Her legacy is carried on by Tara's mentee, Willow. Willow is a white labradoodle who is hypo-allergenic and eager to serve others.

Scientists have proven that petting animals can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and even create a hormonal response that raises serotonin levels which help fight depression.

Willow is a true professional and has undergone extensive training and certification.

Willow is available to be present
- at the time an individual has lost a pet
- when families are making funeral arrangements for a loved one
- during calling hours
- at a children's activity prior to a funeral service
- during a funeral service

If you would like Willow to be present at an event or service, call Roberta Knauf at 614-224-0010 or email rknauf@schoedinger.com.