Arrangements for Your Pet’s Final Resting Place
By Kathie Sucidlo
When you lose a pet, what are your final resting place arrangement options?
We all know that if we own a pet, sooner or later we will have to deal with losing it. Not so many years ago, the only option open to pet owners was to dig a grave in the backyard. While that is still an option today—and one that many people still turn to—there are now other choices for how you can put your pet to rest.
Pet cemeteries have started appearing in many of the larger cities around the country. The easiest way to find pet cemeteries is to check online. Search for “Pet Cemeteries” for a list of current links. Narrow the results to your local area by including your city or town in the search box. If you’re not comfortable working online, check the yellow pages or ask your vet for recommendations.
Pet burial is expensive. If you plan to inter your pet, do some research to find the right company. Once you’ve determined the site and the basic costs of the burial, you may want to set aside funds to pay for the service when the time comes. This will allow you to memorialize your pet without putting a strain on your finances.
Pet cemeteries usually offer not only burial plots, but also a wide selection of caskets, services, and specialty memorial items. Prices vary from one business to another, so do some research before settling on one.
If a cemetery isn’t an option, you may want to create a small spot in your yard or garden to memorialize your pet. You can purchase a pet casket, make one, or use a simple box that you have available. Having your pet close by can provide some solace as you work through your grief. You can create a lovely memorial for your pet by planting flowers or a small tree near the grave. You can include a stone with your pet’s name on it, and a small garden bench would be a nice touch.
Some pet owners prefer cremation to burial. People who have their pets cremated often scatter the ashes in a spot they shared with their pets—near the ocean, or along a river, or favorite trail. Cremation is less expensive than burial, and allows the option of keeping your pet with you should you relocate. There are many companies that offer decorative urns sized for pets. Like caskets, pet urns may be plain or decorative—and come in a wide variety of styles and prices. A pet urn can be purchased while your pet is young and packed away until it is needed.
One important Footnote
If you have your pet cremated and plan to scatter the ashes, inform your vet ahead of time so your pet can be kept isolated and properly prepared. If you feel you can’t deal with these details, have your veterinarian take care of your pet after death.
There is no right or wrong way to choose a final resting place for your pet. It’s just a matter of your personal preferences. Make your decisions with love, and they will always be the right ones.
Written by Senior Report