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Funeral Pro Chat #3: Debra Fry discusses Grief Dog Therapy in Funeral Homes

Aug 27, 2014

ASD recently teamed up with Funeral writer and media consultant, Nancy Burban, to launch Funeral Pro Chat, an exciting new Podcast series for funeral directors. The series will feature directors and experts discussing the latest funeral trends, news and customs.

This month, we are thrilled to feature Debra Fry of Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, IA and Compassionate Paws Grief Therapy. Debra works with Bermese mountain dogs to provide comfort and solace to the bereaved. In this podcast interview, Debra shares her experiences with Nancy and ASD Vice President, Kevin Czachor.

Listen now to hear Debra discuss the type of training her dogs receive and the benefit therapy dogs offer to grieving families. She also provides details on how funeral directors can get involved with this type of work.

Funeral Pro Chat was created to inform and enlighten funeral professionals on a range of subjects that interest them. Every month, two podcasts will be released online and on iTunes. Each podcast consists of an interview with a specially selected guest who will offer insight on a particular topic.

To hear the first Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Caleb Wilde, click here.
To hear the second Funeral Pro Chat podcast featuring Elleanor Davis Starks, click here.

To learn more about FuneralProChat, visit

Thanks for listening. Please leave us a comment and share your thoughts on the podcast with us.

About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD’s company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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