Planning a Pet Funeral

Posted on April 25, 2022 by Karen Reardon under Funeral Home
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Planning for the death of a loved one is never an easy task and pets are no exception. More than ever pets are regarded and treated as members of the family, and their death can be just as traumatic and impactful as the death of a human member for many. For this reason, holding a funeral for your furry, feathered, or scaly friend can be a critical step in the grieving process just as it would be for another family member. Consider cremation services in Indian Trail, NC for the future.

Pet funerals have increased dramatically in popularity over the past several decades and now people have more options than ever before when deciding how they’d like to say their last goodbye. Not that there’s anything wrong with going the traditional route; many people still prefer to bury their pets themselves. But what if you lack the land to bury a pet? Or what if traditional burial isn’t the option for you? Don’t worry, friend, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn about some of the most popular options today to ensure you’re prepared to part with your friend on your terms.


For the traditionalist, burial is always a solid option. Many people prefer to bury their pets on their own land, usually accompanied by a homemade grave marker and improvised service. This can be a great, meaningful, personalized way to say your final goodbye to your friend, but this isn’t a viable option for everyone. If you don’t own any land, or if you’re looking for something a bit more formal or ceremonial, there’s always the option of utilizing a pet cemetery.

The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, formed in 1971, states that it’s difficult to pin down the exact number of pet cemeteries that currently exist in the United States as they’re largely unregulated, but offered an uneducated guess of 750 currently in operation. Chances are there’s one relatively close to your location, or possibly even one incorporated into one of your local human cemeteries – a trend that’s becoming more and more popular. Some cemeteries even offer you the option to be buried with your pet.


Pet cremations are another viable option. In fact, pet cremations are estimated to comprise up to 90% of all pet funerals. Pet cremations are performed in much the same way human cremationscremation services in Indian Trail, NC are, but there are a few unique differences. First, the crematorium will request the size and weight of your pet, and the price of cremation is more expensive for larger pets. Second, most pet crematoriums offer two options to pet owners: personal or communal cremation. A personal cremation is performed solely for your pet but is definitely the costlier option. Communal cremation is much cheaper, but with the drawback that your pet is cremated with other pets at the same time. You can still request your pet’s ashes, just as you could with a standard cremation, though the ashes you receive will be a mixture of all the pets cremated.

Whatever option you decide is the most appropriate for you and your pet, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place before the inevitable happens. Trying to organize a funeral for a loved one while also enduring the pain of their passing can be extremely difficult. Take the steps to prepare yourself today – contact professionals, like those at cremation services to receive expert assistance today.

You can learn more about cremation services in Indian Trail, NC. Talk to us at Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services to schedule a consultation and learn more about cremation services/funeral home services. Visit our offices in North Carolina or call one of our locations.