Purdue community takes comfort in Day of Healing

Therapy dogs, counselors help during crisis

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University community took time on Friday to reflect on the death of a student who was fatally shot on campus last week.

Friday was a Day of Healing for students, staff and faculty just 10 days after 21-year-old Andrew Boldt was killed.

With the funeral over and the student suspect in custody, many felt it was time to begin the healing process and start working to move forward.

Grief counselors and therapy dogs were on hand for the day. The dogs are part of a state-sponsored team that helps groups during crises.

"People are stressed out, you know, tired dealing with all the emotions. The dogs really help them to kind of work through that.There's a lot of studies that show how they can lower the blood pressure, lower the heart rate, lower the stress levels and just in general help people cope," Julie Miller with Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team said.

Siobahn Heiden said she took comfort from the dogs only 10 days after the shooting on campus.

"We're pretty positive people so we kind of don't understand why we're so upset because we're like what's hanging over me and then we finally realized it was this," Heiden said.

As part of the Day of Healing, Purdue hosted cooking and yoga classes to help students cope with last week’s tragedy.

See more pictures of the therapy dogs helping students cope below.

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