The grief of losing a beloved pet can be profoundly deep, comparable to the death of a human friend or relative. Perhaps there is no better way to express this sense of loss than by holding a funeral for the pet who was a member of the family for so long. A pet cemetery and crematory can provide funeral and memorial services as well as a final resting place for the pet. Below are some common terms used when dealing with animal deaths.
Funeral Home – In a pet funeral home, a place is provided for private viewing hours and a small memorial service for your pet. Often funeral homes are located by the cemetery and crematory.
Pet Cemetery – A burial place for animals that once belonged to humans. Only pets, such as dogs and cats, can be buried here. Burials are handled much like their human counterparts.
Pet Casket – Much like it's human counterpart, this is a box for the body to be buried in. Styles vary, from a highly expensive oak casket to simple plywood or plastic.
Monument – For most burials, a small monument or headstone marks the grave site. The monument lists the pet's name, dates and sometimes a brief message. They are traditionally made of stone and some, like large marble monuments, can be quite expensive.
Crematory – For those who do not want to bury their pets, using a crematory can be the best option. Here the body is turned into ashes. The ashes can be kept in a ceremonial urn, or they can be scattered where the owner chooses.
"Our cat morris past away back in dec 07 and we took him here to be cremated....Of course I was devistated andthey understood..."
- Theresa (CA)
Every pet cemetery and crematory, provides its customers with a somber service. These companies put family pets and other animals in their final resting place. They do this by gathering up their ashes in an elegant urn or by burying the remains in a grave. They often also hold memorial services for these pets.
If you'd like to give your deceased dog, cat or other pet a funeral of sorts, you ought to contact one of these cemetery and crematory companies. However, do some research first. Go online to get a better sense of the services provided by these companies. Do they offer to put the ashes of pets in urns? Do they also offer to put them in coffins and caskets? Do they bury these coffins and caskets below ground? Or do they leave them above ground? Are they marked my a head stone? You'll want to be able to answer all of these questions before you contact one of these companies about the death of a pet.
You will also want to compare the special services a few of these companies offer. Does one company offer to help children deal with the feeling of loss or grief they may encounter after the death of a pet? Does another company offer to hold somber funeral services for these deceased pets? Once you've compared a few of these companies, you can call them to ask for a list of references. A list of references ought to help make your ultimate decision a little easier.