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A Practical Suggestion for Pet Funerals

Dr. Howard Bennett
Author Dr. Howard Bennett
Submitted 01-11-2007

When a pet dies, parents often want to give the animal a funeral so their
children can “memorialize” the pet as a member of the family. In many parts of
the country, it is illegal to bury a pet because the body may attract scavengers
such as rats. In these jurisdictions, the family’s veterinarian disposes of the
body.

Because I live in an area that prohibits animal burials, I encourage families to
still have a memorial service, only in this case they bury a memento instead of
the pet. Children can pick a favorite toy, a picture, or even write a poem or
heartwarming anecdote about the animal. This approach follows community rules,
but lets children have some closure regarding their pet’s death.

Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

1 comments
Robin
Robin

You could have a beautiful marker or stone created with a picture of your pet and an inscription and place it in the garden. A wonderful way for you and your child to cherish memories of a beloved pet. Visit website ArtfulPetMemorials to see personalized pet memorials