Pet Funerals and Burials
Many people feel that providing a dignified burial or cremation for a pet is the last act of love that they can offer a pet. As such, it can be an important act of closure.
Viewing the pet’s body at a funeral can help family and loved ones accept that the pet is really dead and not going to come back. It can also help demonstrate that the pet is no longer suffering in any way. A pet funeral can be held during a home burial, pet cemetery burial, or cremation through a pet crematory
Deciding what you want to do with your pet’s remains while that pet is still alive isn’t morbid; it’s a responsible way of preparing for another painful decision. As difficult as this may be to address, it is something you must do. And he best time to do it is while you pet is still alive so you have the chance to evaluate all the options available and arrive at a well-thought-out decision.The final act of farewell may be the last act of love you can offer your pet and an important act of closure.
Some pet caregivers never even think about their pet’s burial until their veterinarian asks, “What do you want to do with the remains?” Unfortunately, that often leads to a hasty decision made at the height of painful emotion.
Here are some of the options you can consult and discuss with your veterinarian:
- Home burial in your backyard
- Burial in a pet cemetery with a marked grave
- Burial in a common grave, unmarked
- Private cremation and return of ashes
- Community cremation
- Scattering ashes in a way that symbolizes setting the pet “free” for its final journey—such as in the woods or over a body of water, or just into the wind