Maggie's Comfort Corner
As Maggie’s handlers in this ministry of presence, we strive to follow the lead of Maggie’s visitors on what to say, when to say it, and how much to say. Sometimes our job is to “show up and shut up,” as was the case on Monday, November 26th when we deployed along with three other Lutheran Church Charities comfort dogs to Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Brookville, NY at the request of LCC. There was an unexpected death of one of their sophomore students, and the principal requested comfort dogs to be there all day Monday to help ease the transition back to school from the funeral and the Thanksgiving break weekend.
We got the invitation the day before Thanksgiving. Four days later, on Sunday, we had not just one, but two of Maggie’s handlers, Lori Flandreau and Bev Thompson, heading down to Long Island with Maggie for a preparatory comfort dog team meeting and a night in a hotel so they could be in the school bright and early the next day. We have such a dedicated team!
Back to “showing up and shutting up.” We didn’t know the circumstances around the death, and we’re not trained counselors, so our job was to let the dogs do the talking—don’t ask prying questions, don’t try to provide answers to questions we can’t answer, etc. And we can direct the students to the school’s counselors if/when needed. As is typical of these types of visits, the counselors don’t get much work—the students spend their time with the dogs. Bev and Lori said they could see how the dogs brightened the students’ day, and the staff was very appreciative and astonished to witness the comforting power of the dogs.
When we head out with Maggie, we never know what we might be faced with, what we might have to deal with, even on our routine scheduled visits, but we trust that the Lord will help us find just the right thing to say (or not say), and he does.
In addition to our regularly scheduled visits over the past couple months, here are some more special invitations we fulfilled with Maggie.
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