Pet Loss and Bereavement – Should I Have a Funeral Or Memorial For My Pet?
Most people feel strongly that their pets are as much a member of the family as the humans residing in the home. When a cherished pet dies, it can affect everyone in the household – it is normal to want to take time to confront and mourn the death, express your love, and say a final good-bye.
In fact, records show that pets have been buried as far back as 2,000 years ago. National Geographic states that the oldest known pet cat was found in a 9,500 year old grave on the island of Cyprus, buried with a human.
Making a decision to have a funeral can assist in the grieving process and help to commemorate your pet’s life. If there are children in the household, a funeral can help them say good-bye to their pet. Many of us probably had little pet burials in the backyard as we were growing up – be it a fish, turtle, hamster, or