One relative did not look happy to see us. He was a pre-pubescent boy. He looked at me and at Maeve, made an expression of confusion mixed with distress and quickly went across the room to his mother. He kept looking at us while they talked. I was ready to leave, but his mom seemed to handle the situation. I went through the line, talked to Carol and her relatives, and was in the corridor on my way out when I encountered the boy again. I couldn't tell if Maeve was any part of the cause, but it was clear he was tired and upset.
I asked him if he was confused as to why I brought my dog to his grandmother's wake. He looked surprised I had asked and said he was confused. I explained that I am disabled, Maeve is specially trained to help me with my disability and that she goes everywhere with me. I specifically told him I meant no disrespect to him or his grandmother. The distress was gone from his face; he was interested. He asked questions. He asked to pet the dog. Maeve, contentedly rolled over on her back and lay completely still except for her wagging tail. He petted her, called his big sister over to meet the dog and kept asking questions. It was clear that the dog was a welcome relief from the stress of being a young boy at his grandmother's wake. It seemed to do his sister good as well. I stood there for 20 minutes while they petted the dog, but I didn't mind. The purpose of attending a wake is to comfort the bereaved and that's what Maeve had done.
Joanne Shortell, Maeve's Service Human
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