Pets Riding in Hearses: Welcome to the 21st Century

August 26, 2008 | | Comments 0

A crematorium in the UK is using hearses to bring in animal companions before giving them a respectful sendoff. The Dignity Pet Crematorium in Winchfield specializes in collecting deceased pets in special animal hearses and then giving them a proper funeral with everything you’d expect from a human funeral.

In addition to a funeral, the facility also offers customers a special garden where they can bury the ashes of their beloved pets. They even offer memorial headstones complete with markings and engravings for an immortalization of Fido, Spike or Meow-Gi.

Kevin Spurgeon, one of the co-owners of the Dignity Pet Crematorium, explains this type of service is necessary because “we all grieve” when there is a loss, “whether that be a relative or a cat, cog or a hamster – or even a snake.”

Kevin’s father created the Dignity Pet Crematorium in 1992 as a way to serve this special need. He got inspired after watching a documentary about how dead pets are collected and thrown into mass graves with no respect at all.

We all know that England is typically first in cultural firsts. How long do you think it will be before we see deceased pets riding around in hearses and funeral cars in the United States? I wouldn’t be surprised if it has happened already. And if that’s what helps a person grieve the loss, I’m all for it.

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