When we lose a loved one, we are comforted by the civil and commemorating ritual of a funeral. Likewise, when a beloved family pet dies, we can find some consolation by conducting a pet burial to find closure and to show respect and dignity for a loyal companion. As difficult as it may be to lose a pet, you will have to consider what to do with the body after it has died. In particular young children, who are often confronted with mortality for the first time, need help with understanding the finality of death. You can make this distressing experience easier for them to deal with by arranging a small pet funeral.
The perfect venue for a pet burial
In most countries, it is legal to perform pet funerals in your back garden as long as they fall within the local laws and regulations. The details for specific restrictions on the depth of the burial hole, the material the pet is buried in and how the grave site is marked afterwards should be sought out at your local authorities or discussed with your vet. For those who do not have a garden or simply decide they dont want the pet burial to take place at home, there are pet cemeteries which specialise in funeral services for pets.
Burial vs Cremation
Pet burials for small pets like a goldfish or a hamster can be carried out at home without much difficulty. Services for anything larger than a cat, however, is more arduous and complex. In this case, you may want to consider having your pet cremated at a pet crematorium instead. Afterwards, you can take the remaining ashes with you and conduct a pet funeral at home by burying the ashes in your back garden, or setting up a memorial site.