Pets in Peace
The popularity of cremation has extended to pets, a service Arborcrest provides thorough a vendor. The cemetery also sells urns, mausoleums, and other final resting places for pet cremains, including within the caskets and urns of family members. In one recent interment, the ashes of two dogs who had died earlier were tucked in with their owner's.
Hagan says that she's seen music played, words spoken, and clergy in attendance at pet funerals. At one memorable service for the canine companion of an Ann Arbor professional man, "over fifty people attended," she says. "The man was recognized ... for the constant companionship of his dog as much as his success."
"Lots of people grieve the loss of a pet as much as they do any other family member,'' Hagan says. "It's the end of a life, and we take it very seriously that someone has chosen us to serve them."
[Originally published in November, 2013.]