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When pet loss occurs there are several details that must be attended to. In addition to thinking of ways to memorialize your pet, you must also make a decision on what to do with the body of your deceased pet. While this certainly seems like the worst decision to make, it is a necessary one. Many people opt to bury their pet in a pet cemetery or in another special outdoor spot, such as a backyard area or garden.

While burying your pet is a difficult thing to do, when you do it properly, it can actually be a very healing way to memorialize your pet. Many pet owners opt to put pet grave markers in the spot where their precious companion is buried to ensure there is always a spot to visit and remember the joyous times you shared. There are however, some things to keep in mind when burying your pet to ensure they are buried in the proper manner.

To start, decide if you are going to bury your pet in a casket or not. There are a number of fairly inexpensive pet caskets available online for those that can't stand the thought of handling the remains of their pet in any other manner. Some pet owners opt to wrap the remains in a blanket or cloth, sometimes even the pet's favourite blanket (if they had one) and others choose to remain as natural as possible and bury the remains with nothing at all. Be sure to dig deep enough so that the remains are not affected by weather conditions or other animals scavenging for food. If you have opted to bury your pet in a pet cemetery, there is staff on hand that will usually take of these details for you. Also be sure to check both with your state and county to find out what their rules and regulations are regarding pet burial.

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Once you've placed your pet in the grave, you, and whoever you invited to the burial, might opt to say a few words or share some thoughts about your pet and what they meant in your life. This is a shortened pet memorial, which can be an accompaniment to the larger, more elaborate service. Once you've covered the grave, place a pet marker of some sort on the space so you will always know it's there. Some pet owners purchase an official pet grave marker engraved with their pet's name, date of birth, date of death and a favourite saying or quote about their pet. Others choose something more natural, like planting a tree or plant over the space to symbolize the great circle of life. This part of the pet memorial is a personal choice and should be decided according to whatever you feel comfortable doing.

Pet loss and the subsequent burying of your pet can be such a traumatic process. By conducting a proper burial, you ensure the remains are ensconced deep in the earth and not accessible to other scavengers to dig up. Moreover, using a pet headstone or plant or tree of some sort as a pet memorial is a great way to have a constant and positive reminder of the profound impact your pet had on your life.


About the Author:

Colleen Mihelich Owner, Peternity . . . honouring your pet for eternity


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