Spending Eternity with your Pet

by A-Badgero

Many people today want to spend eternity with their pets and are looking for cemeteries that are open to burying them together.

The practise of being buried with animals is nothing new, it has been a large part of Egyptian burial rituals for centuries. Egyptians believed that animals shared the same after life as humans, it was very common to be buried with cats, monkeys and birds. In England, warriors of the Anglo-Saxon nobility were buried with their horses but the practice lost popularity as Christianity became more prominent.

Today, it seems, this ancient custom is making a come back. Many people have been paying big money for burial plots that will allow them to be buried with their pet(s).

With more people wishing to have their fury friends accompany them to the grave, cemeteries now have to decide where they stand on this subject. It is not illegal to have pets buried in cemeteries meant for humans but some have policies against the practice while others have set aside some of the grounds for pet burials. Seeing the growing trend, many pet cemeteries have jumped on board and have begun accepting human remains. Hillcrest Memorial Center in Pennsylvania has divided their cemetery into two sections, one for pets and one for human and pets together.

The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematory has been adding pet owners’ ashes to their pet’s plots since 1925; an estimated 700 people have been laid to rest there among the thousands of animals. Last year New York implemented a statewide ban on burying humans in pet cemeteries, to the dismay of many who had already made plans to join their lost pets. The state declared that only non-profit corporations can accept human remains and accepting payment would violate not-for-profit laws.

Thomas Ryan who passed away in April had already pre-paid and arranged to join his wife and their two dogs in Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, however, this new state law prevented this from happening. Ryan’s ashes remain on a shelf at his sister’s home. Rhona Levy has planned on joining her pets in the Hartsdale cemetery for years, she wishes to have her ashes split up between the graves of her dog and four cats that are buried there. “These are my children” said Rhona, they are preventing me from joining my family.” The tombstone for her cats has already been inscripted with “my beautiful children Mommy’s home”.

Recently New York lifted the ban on burying human remains in pet cemeteries as long as cemeteries do not advertise this service and do not charge an extra fee for it. Pet owners throughout New York, including Ryan’s family, are thrilled they can now proceed with their wishes to join their beloved animals upon their passing.

When you agree to have your remains placed in a pet cemetery you are giving up some of the protections that usually go along with purchasing a plot such as mandatory record keeping or basic restrictions on removal. Human remains can only be accepted into pet cemeteries if they are cremated and since the chances of dying the same day as your pet is slim, there is a charge of approximately $250 for reopening the grave.

If you wish to be buried with a deceased pet the first step is to speak to your local funeral home. They should be able to direct you to a cemetery that will accommodate your wishes or they will work with you to figure out the best possible way to carry out your proposal.

Read more:

Owners pay to buried with their pets | Telegraph

New York overturns ban on burying human ashes in pet cemeteries | Mail Online

 

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