Growing up, I watched a lot of our pets leave us and pass over into their next life. With five cats and two dogs for most of my childhood, there were many animals who eventually became sick, chronically ill or died from old age.
It was upsetting and usually, the vet would dispose of the body after they were put to sleep or died at the hospital. We never did anything more than remember our cherished members of the family and keep them in our hearts.
But today, many pet owners are treating their beloved pets to full-sized funerals. From burial and cremations to urns and memorial services, the pet funeral business is a becoming a big industry. It makes sense because our pets are our family and there are so many options for what we can do when the time comes for our pets to leave us.
Just a decade ago, there were only a handful of pet funeral services and now there are over 700 throughout the United States. In fact, some of funeral businesses for people have expanded to include pets. Marjene Schrader, a cremationist at Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home & Cremator,y performs nearly one thousand pet cremations each year. “There are many, many pet owners and pet lovers within our company, and we thought it would be a great service for our community,” she said.
While cremation is the most popular method, some owners do give their pet a full burial and plot, while others embalm their pets. Many pet owners who do choose cremation either keep the ashes in an urn in their homes spread their ashes over a place that their pet loved.
While no one likes to think about any parts of our family leaving us, human or pet, it is some thing that ultimately must be considered.
Have you had a funeral for your pet? Would you pay for a full burial or cremation? Do you think it’s cold to let your vet dispose of your pet?
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