Grief Support

Grief is a powerful emotion that can lead to serious depression if it is not properly dealt with, according to experts. A burial in a pet cemetery gives pet owners a chance to properly say goodbye to a beloved pet, which is a healthy part of the grieving process.

Pine Rest has certified grief counselors on staff, including an ordained minister to help you through your grief.

“Near this part lied the remains of one who possessed beauty without insolence, courage without ferocity, and the virtues of man without his vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but just tribute to the memory of Boatswain — a dog.”

This was a tribute paid by the poet Lord Byron to his dog, but it echoes the sentiment and loss of anyone who has ever shared the love and compassion of a pet.

Things to take into consideration . . .

  • The death of a service animal is an extremely difficult time for its owner, as the bond between the two tends to be greater than that between pets kept as companions. In dedication to their service, we can provide special services that highlight their efforts and importance to others.
  • Experts say the stages of mourning are no different when a pet dies. The five stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Burying our pets can help with the stages of mourning by providing an outlet for grief.
  • Grief counselors say that the emotions pet owners feel when they lose a pet are very similar to the grief of losing a family member. It is vital to properly deal with those emotions and a funeral is a great emotional outlet for distraught pet owners.
  • Why is it so painful when a beloved pet dies? Experts say that unlike most any relationship between spouses or close friends, a pet is completely dependent on its owner. It is the unique nature of the relationship that can produce so much grief when the pet dies. Finding an outlet for that grief is important, and burial in a pet cemetery is helpful to many pet owners.
  • Your pet was no less a member of your family than your spouse and your children. Having a funeral and burial at a pet cemetery is a good way for family members to deal with their grief and to say goodbye to a beloved family member, according to experts.
  • Ever faced the reality of moving, only to realize that all of your family pets are interred in the yard of the home you grew up in? It can be a sad realization- and all too common today. A pet cemetery can be a great way to prevent that last heart wrenching loss.
  • With researchers saying many people feel nearly the same grief when a beloved pet dies, compared to a family member, it only makes sense for many people to have a traditional funeral and burial at a pet cemetery. It’s also possible to get headstones as a memorial to your pet.