One question that we get asked by our families is, 'can we bring the dog to the funeral? For those who want their furry family members at the funeral we feel that this should be allowed which is why all of our natural burial grounds are pet friendly, so our answer to this is, ‘Yes of course’.
We understand that having a pet at a funeral is just one of the ways that you can plan a personal and meaningful funeral. We all grieve in our own way and it has been highlighted how much therapy dogs help with grief. There no reason that this does not extend to our own animals and pets. They help to relieve stress, provide comfort and when we are grieving they may be the one we turn to for a cuddle or companionship because they don’t mind if we are not having a ‘strong day', and for some remaining strong around everyone else is important.
Pets help relieve anxiety and help children who are grieving because cuddling up with a furry friend can make it ok for a little while. When we have our pets at funerals they can also help bring back happy memories. Reminding us that the the things we shared and loved, and the people we love are still very much a part of our lives. This does not just include dogs, it can be any pet. If your family member or friend was a horse lover why not bring the horse. It’s a wonderful way to lead the congregation over to the graveside. We know that not all places are able to offer pet friendly funerals, but it’s something we can do at our natural burial grounds and we are pleased that this is something we can offer our families.
In fact, we have permissive walks at our burial grounds because we understand that being able to visit and take the dog for a walk in peaceful, relaxed and beautiful surroundings gives us the chance to stop, reflect and remember good memories which can be very therapeutic and help with grief. It allows the focus of the visit to be on life, not death. It’s a way we can be close to the people we love while remembering some of the things they loved and the life that was shared. Sometimes it just gives us a moment away from the hustle and bustle of modern life which we all need now and then.
If you want to plan a funeral that includes your pets and want any advice we would be more than happy to help. If you want to visit and walk the dogs we would love to see you there. We know they enjoying the meadow as much as we do, we just ask that owners clean up after them, keep them on the lead when requested and respect that it's a place people have chosen to rest peacefully resting with us.
Our love of pets is also one of the reasons we have made sure that pets ashes can be included as part of a burial at some of our burial grounds. It's also why we offer pet burials at some of our natural burial grounds. We understand that pets are a part of our family and that it is important that we are allowed to grieve for them because they bring so much meaning to our lives.
If you want to find out more about any of the topics we have discussed in this blog give us a call, we would be happy to help.
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