When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.
– Marc Bekoff
I am a life-long animal lover and pet owner (I currently have 3 dogs). I know the many joys of having a furry companion and what they bring daily to our lives. I also know the devastation of losing a dear, much loved family pet. Our pets become family members and are often treated like kings or queens. They can be with us for many years and quickly become our best friends, they are always there for us through life's trials and tribulations; a constant companion. When a human loved one dies, we have the love and support of our loved ones but the same isn’t always true when we lose a pet – ‘it’s just a dog’ and ‘a pet funeral is just a gimmick’ or somebody trivialising our grief can be very hurtful. Losing a pet can be just as heart-breaking as losing a family member because they are just that.
Saying your last goodbyes in a personal and meaningful way gives you the chance to mourn your furry friend’s passing and importantly celebrate your companion's life.
I adopt the same methods for a pet funeral that I do for a human. You may have the funeral or memorial wherever you wish, there are pet crematoriums and cemeteries (where permission is granted) or you may want to scatter their ashes. The content is totally up to you and I can guide you through that and support you every step of the way. You can have a religious or non-religious ceremony, you may want to say a few words or ask somebody to do that for you, we could have readings or poems and even music. Alongside you and other friends and family who loved your pet I will take time to learn about your companion, what their likes and dislikes were, who they got on the best with, their best toy, their favourite walk, their much-loved treat and your happiest memories. I will write a funeral or memorial service and deliver it with compassion and sensitivity.
I have no doubt your pet meant the world to you. I will write a beautiful story of your baby's life and everything they meant to you and I will write a bespoke service that will honour them.
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For ceremonies within a 25-mile radius of CA2.
Additional mileage of 45p a mile is charged for ceremonies further afield.