While the concept of a pet funeral is relatively new, the value of holding a commemorative event to aid the healing process goes back to our most primitive roots. Whether you choose burial or cremation, your approach can be true to your religious views or environmental concerns. The only right approach is the one that helps you and your family say farewell to your pet.
Pet Funeral Services
More frequently pet funeral homes are helping families plan meaningful services. These funeral homes are staffed by people who understand that pet loss may be just as painful as losing a human family member. They offer burial and cremation services, and for a fee, provide caskets, urns and grave markers designed especially for pets.
If you don’t have a pet funeral home located near you, contact a traditional funeral home. Many accommodate requests for pets given their schedules and the family’s needs. Whether you hold your service in a funeral home designed especially for pets or simply read a poem in your back yard, you’ll want to celebrate your pet’s life.
To plan the most meaningful event, consider the people who were significant in your pet’s life. Invite them to participate. Think about your pet’s favorite places. Was the backyard or window seat the spot where you were most likely to find him or her? Hold the event in that spot or bring photos of their special place to the funeral home. Gather additional photos and memorabilia, like pet toys, so guests can recall favorite memories. Was there a favorite food that held your pet’s attention? Consider making that food part of your service.
Activities can include lighting a candle and inviting friends and family to write down their memories and share them with the group. Take a walk along a favorite route your pet enjoyed. Plant a tree or shrub to honor your pet’s life. In honor of your pet, encourage donations to an organization that benefits animals.
Preplanning Pet Funerals
You may even consider preplanning for your pet’s funeral, just as many people do for themselves. This saves precious energy and time just when you feel the most grief. Preplanning can also offer financial advantages. Also remember that, just as preplanning funeral arrangements is easier to accomplish before a loved one passes, the same is true for preplanning a service for a cherished pet.