Anyone who has ever lost a pet knows how hard it is. When pets join our families, they become an integral part of our daily lives. When they pass on, it is very similar to losing a family member or best friend. Once the shock of losing them begins to wane, we want to think of a way to honor and memorialize them and the important place they held in our hearts. A memorial service in a pet cemetery can help relieve the pain and feeling of loss. While our facilities at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery are not equipped to handle pet cremation nor interment, we understand how difficult it is to lose a pet. Here is some information that you may find helpful:
You may choose to have a home memorial service followed by burial in a pet cemetery. In a pet cemetery, you can be assured that the property and gravesite will be well maintained. The stone marking the pet’s burial site can be engraved with the name and dates. When in a pet cemetery, there will always be a place to visit when you want to feel close to your pet. The grave can also be marked with favorite toys.
Many people choose to cremate their pets so that the remains can be stored in an urn in a prominent place in the house. Along with a special urn, you can have a beautiful plaque engraved with the pet’s name, dates and other information. With an urn and a plaque as a backdrop, you can set a time for everyone who knew your pet to get together for a memorial service. The remains can stay in an urn in your home, be scattered in its favorite spots or divided among family members.
Pet Photos, Portraits, and Pawprints
Making an album of photos of your pet from the time it was a puppy through its life is a comforting way to memorialize it. You can put photographs in an album with your pet’s name and picture on the cover. You can also give a photo to a portrait artist and commission a beautiful painting of your pet. And, finally, many veterinary clinics offer to make a final pawprint cast in clay. This is one more way that you can remember your pet.
Although we are not a pet cemetery, we do understand the grief that comes when losing a beloved animal. The care and comfort that you need then is the same as we provide when you lose a human loved one. Contact us at Mountain View Funeral Home if there is anything we can do to help you.