Sending Your Furry Friend Off In Style: Tips for Planning a Pet Funeral

Pet cemeteryIn modern society, pets are more than furry creatures who look cute and are fun to cuddle. In fact, according to the American Human Association, an overwhelming nine in ten owners view their pets as members of the family.  Pet spending has kept up with change in status, with “The Telegraph” reporting an annual level of spending upward of $43.3 billion.

Given the pet’s prominent in today’s households, it is only natural that pet owners experience a profound sense of grief upon the deaths of their most valued friends. With more owners ditching the backyard cardboard box burial, the pet funeral business is booming – to the tune of 1.9 million pet professional death services according to the Tampa Bay Times. Despite stereotypes surrounding such ceremonies, pet funerals are certainly not limited to so-called crazy cat ladies. It is more than possible to put together a respectful, legitimate ceremony.

Choose An Appropriate Location For The Service

If you are not a homeowner and found yourself frequently on the move during the time of your pet’s lifespan, engaging in the traditional backyard burial may not be an option. Fortunately, alternative options do exist, with pet funeral homes and cemeteries being a particularly popular choice among grieving owners. Pet funeral homes are on the rise, meaning that such an option is likely to exist in your area.

Plan A Touching Ceremony

Give your furry best friend a worthy sendoff with such added touches as sympathy flowers, touching music and memorial photos. If you have any home videos of you and your family interacting with the deceased pet, be sure to play them for attendees. Not only will this serve as an excellent tribute, it can also provide a touch of comic relief.  There’s a reason “America’s Funniest Home Videos” constantly plays cat and dog capers – they’re hilarious tributes to animals who always make us smile.

Tribute Crafts

Are you a fan of scrapbooking? Put that talent to good use by putting together a scrapbook dedicated to your deceased pet. The simple act of creating such a tribute can be very therapeutic.  Additionally, the activity provides you with a touching keepsake for the future. This option is best if you own several photo albums dedicated to Fido, for the most entertaining scrapbooks contain at least a few dozen pictures.  Include a written notes about favorite memories from puppyhood to old age.  Your hard work will create the perfect tribute to the most loyal of friends.

Paw Print Impression

For a truly personal keepsake, consider investing in an impression of your pet’s paw print or nose. Many vets offer this service and they cast the print immediately prior to or after a pet has been put to sleep.  You can also choose to take this process a step further by having an imprint made while your pet is still a kitten or puppy, then repeating the process again in old age.

About Scott Grayson:  is a writer who grew up in Alaska and moved to sunnier pastures. He works in journalism and does wood scorching in his spare time. Scott is currently the Senior Content Advocate at BlueFirePR and can be reached at


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