Definitions of Pet cemeteries and crematories
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.