Death of a Pet



The loss of a pet can be as traumatic to some as the loss of a human being.  For all of us losing a beloved pet is difficult and we go through the same stages of grief.  Click here for a good web site we have found to explain what you are feeling and how to help children and others to better understand.

Pet Funeral Options

A dignified burial or cremation for a pet is an important part of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. This is a very important act of closure that is similar to that of a human. Being able to view, touch, and say farewell to a pet’s body can help one accept that the pet is really dead and that it is not suffering in any way. It is important that your pet’s remains are treated with the same concern and care that you gave your pet during its life and therefore you should look into home burial, pet cemetery burial, or cremation through a pet crematory.

1) Home Burial. Many people choose to bury a pet at home as a way of keeping it close — a part of one’s world, even if it isn’t a part of one’s life. This can also provide a way for you and your family to celebrate a funeral and memorial service, which in themselves can be powerful coping tools. Some pet owners have also reported that their surviving pets seem to understand that their companion is still “present”, and report that those pets may spend time visiting the gravesite. Home burial provides the opportunity to create a permanent memorial to one’s pet — a grave marker, a statue, or perhaps a tree planted over the pet’s grave to serve as a living memorial. (Others choose to bury a pet under an existing shrub or tree that the pet liked to sleep under.)

In some circumstances, however, home burial may not be an appropriate option. The most obvious is if you have no place in which to bury a pet. You must also be sure that you can dig a deep enough grave to ensure that your pet’s remains will not be disturbed or become a health hazard. Many cities prohibit home burials so you may wish to check. If you rent or are planning on moving this is something to consider. Cremation or Cemetery Burial are good options.

2) Cremation. If you would still like to keep your pet’s remains on your property, but don’t have a place to bury an actual body, consider having your pet’s remains cremated and returned to you for burial. Contact your local funeral home about having your pet cremated. This offers you to keep your pet “at home,” and bypasses any concern that the pet’s remains might be disturbed later. After the cremation, most people keep the pet’s ashes in a decorative urn or container; you’ll find a wide range of such products offered on this site.

3) Cemetery Burial. You’ll find pet cemeteries in nearly every state; some have literally dozens. For most, a formal cemetery burial seems a more appropriate tribute than an informal “backyard burial”. Burial in a pet cemetery also ensures that your pet’s remains will remain undisturbed, and cared for, “in perpetuity.” You will not have to worry about what will happen to your pet if you have to leave the property on which it is buried; it will be cared for, no matter where you go or what happens to you. Cemetery burial will require the purchase of a plot, but many find it a comforting, secure way to handle a pet’s remains. A pet cemetery will usually be able to pick up your pet from your home or from a veterinarian’s office. If you wish, you can make arrangements for a complete funeral and memorial service that is customized to your personal preferences and if there are children, a special time to help everyone better deal with the grief that is associated with the loss of a beloved pet.

Listed below are some pet burial options we looked up for you.  We do not have any first hand knowledge of these organizations.

All Pets Great and Small
1110 S Horne Ste 103

Arizona Pet Mortuary and Cremation
929 E Juanita Ste 112