Funeral Financials Comments on Emerging Trend: Burial with Pets

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A June 6 report from conveyed that an emerging trend in the funeral industry is that more and more people are choosing to be buried near their beloved family pets. highlights some of the ways a person can include their pets in their plans for their final resting place.

Most people want to be buried next to their loved ones after death. For some individuals, their pets are akin to beloved family members. It's not surprising, then, that a new trend is cropping up in the funeral industry. Many people are choosing to be buried with or near their pets, reports this week (June 6, 2013). Coleen Ellis, co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), stated "When we consider our final resting place, many pet parents say they want to be with them." comments on this new trend and the ways people can plan for burial with a beloved pet.

In many cases, state laws prohibit burying pets in human cemeteries and there is not yet a family burial insurance policy that covers both person and pets alike. Still, many funeral directors have discretion over what types of personal objects can be placed in a person's coffin. Placing an urn of a beloved pet's ashes is something many funeral directors will agree to do. While one may be forbidden to have his favorite pet buried next to him at a human cemetery, humans are permitted to have their cremains interred in a pet cemetery. Because cremation is deemed a final disposition, families are free to bury their loved one’s ashes within a pet cemetery if they wish.

Funeral Financials would be remiss to not discuss the plot cost for these types of funeral arrangements. At Hamilton Pet Meadow Memorial Park and Crematory, body burials (body of pet and remains of owner) are $1,650. Burying cremains of both pet and owner are $500, which includes perpetual care fees. Perpetual care fees ensure that the cemetery will always be maintained. People should be sure to do appropriate research to ensure that their wishes follow appropriate laws so that they may rest next to their beloved family pets.

Many people share a special bond with their pets during their lifetimes and are choosing to be buried with or next to their deceased pets. Funeral Financials noted the different options people have to make these burial wishes a reality.

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