After a losing a beloved animal companion, you inevitably have to face the practical matter of figuring out what to do with the remains of your pet. Many people opt for the traditional burial, a fitting option if you would like a formal, outdoor place to visit over and over again to remember the fond memories of your pet.
Many people choose to bury their pet in the backyard and this option is fine if you understand the correct process to do so. It is important to check with both your county and your state for rules and regulations for pet burial. Others choose to bury their pet in a pet cemetery to ensure that the burial process goes smoothly and correctly and that the remains of your pets are taken care of and the graveside tended to as necessary.
There are many benefits to laying a pet to rest in a pet cemetery. The professional staff at a pet cemetery can walk you through much of the burial process, from choosing a casket for your pet to planning a graveside service. This is help when you might otherwise need to plan a service alone. Also professional lawn services generally care for the grass at a pet cemetery, assuring it will always be a beautiful space.
Another benefit to using the services of a pet cemetery is the fact that you don’t have to handle the remains of your pet, which can be very, very painful to some. You can turn the remains over from the vet to the pet cemetery and let them do the rest, including the placement of your pet memorial stone, which serves as a great relief for many pet owners. You can then focus on your grief and know that the service will still be beautiful.
However, there are some cons to using a pet cemetery. The main con is that the pet cemetery might not be located in close proximity to your home, making it an inconvenience to visit your pet’s grave and pet head stone. This can be a deterrent to some, who want to be able to visit the burial site anytime they are feeling sad or nostalgic about their dear pet companion. This is a particularly poignant point to consider in the first initial months after the loss of a pet.
Another significant consideration with a pet cemetery is the expense. There will be the cost of the plot, the pet headstone, the burial vessel and often some other incidental expenses.
Either way, the decision is yours and comes down to a matter of personal preference. Some want to feel as though their pet is nearby, which is why they would prefer a pet memorial stone to be placed someplace closer than a cemetery. Others, however, prefer the ability to put the burial services in the hands of a trained professional as they grapple with their grief over the loss of their beloved pet. This is where a pet cemetery serves its truest purpose, as the professionals operating them step in to assist a pet owner in his or her time of need as they say goodbye to a loving, trusted pet companion.