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How to Have a Pet Funeral

The loss of a pet can be as devastating as the loss of any other good friend. Having a funeral for the pet can help bring closure to the loss.


  • Step 1: Consider holding a funeral service to mark the pet's passing on. The service will help address your feelings of mourning and loss. Have the service a few days after the pet's death.
  • Step 2: Consider holding a memorial service after more time has passed. This service will be more uplifting than the earlier one, and will help you move on from your loss.
  • FACT: In 2009, Gidget, also known as the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" chihuahua, died from a stroke at the age of 15.
  • TIP: Some veterinarians provide cremation services.
  • Step 3: Have your pet's remains cremated and returned to you if you do not wish to dig a grave. You can spread them at home or keep them in an attractive urn.
  • TIP: Check local ordinances about restrictions on home burials. If they are not permitted, consider burying your pet in a pet cemetery.
  • Step 4: Plant some flowers or a bush on top of the grave to help you remember your pet.
  • Step 5: Prepare a grave. Dig a grave that can be covered with 1 to 3 feet of dirt if you plan to bury your pet. This will keep other animals from disturbing the body and will prevent it from washing away in heavy storms.

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