At the Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia, where veterans receive long-term and hospice care, death will occasionally darken a doorway. Which is why it's especially important to have someone living there who's very good at brightening the corners.
Like Tom, a former shelter cat who is now an official caregiver at the hospital, offering companionship, counseling ... but please, no cuddles.
Tom doesn't like to get all touchy-feely, but prefers instead to curl up alongside a patient. In fact, even hospital staff know when Tom's too busy for chitchat.