LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Respond to Emergency Visits in Illinois and Wisconsin for the Tragic Deaths of Loved Ones
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry responded to two emergency visits in Illinois and Wisconsin to bring the mercy, compassion, and presence of Jesus Christ to those mourning their loved ones and friends who died tragically.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry received a request for the Comfort Dogs to be at the "Time to Remember" event at Washington Community High School, Illinois, for three students and a parent who tragically died in a car accident.
Students, staff, parents, and family members gathered together on Sunday, July 11 to remember and mourn their loved ones. People were encouraged to share pictures and written stories with the victims' families.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bethany (Trinity - Danville, Illinois), Dinah (Trinity - Auburn, Illinois), Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Asa and Hagar, along with their teams were there to bring comfort, hugs, and a quiet presence to all those mourning the loss of their loved ones. Many of the students, parents, and staff remembered the Comfort Dogs from their time spent in Washington after the tornado that devastated their community in 2013.
On Friday, July 9, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Candace (LCC Staff), Kye & Bekah (Immanuel - Belvidere, Illinois), and Samson (Zion - Marengo, Illinois) attended the visitation of a 51-year-old woman who passed on July 3rd from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on June 13. The Comfort Dogs and their handlers spent time with her grieving family and friends and brought many smiles to those shedding tears that afternoon. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wisconsin, presented the family with a Heart of Mercy & Compassion and a marker.
The family learned of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at a memorial service the previous week in Janesville and had received one of the dog’s business cards at that visit. Because of the peace and comfort that the dogs brought to that family, the brother contacted LCC to see if the dogs would be available for his sister’s visitation. His sister was dearly loved and cherished by many in the community.