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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ”

Anatole France 

Disposition Options

The options available for proper disposition of your pet are much the same as the disposition for humans. For centuries people have chosen to bury their pets, either in cemeteries or on private land. To some, a grave becomes a comforting "place of memorial", a place to visit their lost companion.

In more recent years, cremation has become a popular choice by many. Cremation can be an affordable, yet dignified option and the ashes can be kept by the family, placed in a special setting or buried in a grave which still allows that "place of memorial".

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Memorialization Options

The term "Memorialization" can imply any number of ideas which help you cope with your loss and embrace the memory of a special relationship. To some people, memorialization means to hold a service such as a funeral or memorial service: saying "Good Bye" can be done in many ways. To others, memorialization could mean a place to visit, such as a grave, or a special place in the garden. Making a memorial contribution to a charity in memory of your pet can be a fitting tribute for some, yet others find their comfort having the ashes in an urn that symbolizes their companions life. Memories are one of the best legacies following the death of a pet companion.  

Some Remembrance Ideas

Remembrance may be as individual and unique as the pets themselves. Only you and your family will know what feels right. Below are some remembrance ideas that may help you decide what you would like to do:

  • A memorial service for your family
  • Home or cemetery burial with a casket and grave marker
  • A contribution to a charity (humane societies, animal shelters, emergency animal hospitals or guide dogs for the blind)
  • An urn engraved with your companion's picture
  • Completing a journal or photo album
  • Creating a memorial garden for all of you companions
  • Keepsake jewelry

What ever you decide, Gray's West Co. & Pioneer Chapel has many remembrance options available for you.

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