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Protecting Special Memories
Animal caskets come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors with many customizable adornments, and their uses are just as varied as their looks. Animal caskets are, of course, mostly used for beloved cats and dogs, but it’s not uncommon for animal caskets to be used for any number of other pet species: birds, ferrets, pigs, or even snakes. Simply put, any pet that has given a person special memories can be deserving of a beautifully adorned and crafted animal casket.
Many people choose to bury their pets in the yards of their private residences, and animal caskets give this tradition a personal touch. Animal caskets are often used, in these cases, in place of less personal, crude burial containers such as a shoebox. In some areas, local laws, in fact, require that all pet burials be done with professionally made animal caskets. Aside from the comforting touch that animal caskets can provide for any loss of a pet, pet coffins can also make pet burials a clean, sanitary ritual.
While animal caskets are usually buried at private residences, they can also become part of sometimes elaborate pet cemeteries. One of the most famous pet cemeteries in America is the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in southern California, and, like others of its kind, this park has special buildings that house special viewings just before burial. During these special times, a pet’s body is displayed in the animal casket that will be its eternal home.
Animal caskets, among their many special functions, are part of the healthy grieving process that any animal lover experiences at the death of a beloved pet. With their meticulously designed, comfortable interiors and luxurious exteriors, animal caskets can serve as a comforting reminder of what many believe is the afterlife world of all pets.
Tradition has it that, when a pet dies, it travels across the legendary Rainbow Bridge, and ends up in a beautiful meadow where it frolics endlessly with all of the world’s other deceased pets. When the pet’s owner dies, then, his or her first stop on the way to heaven is across this same rainbow to the same meadow, where he or she is reunited with the pet. The two companions travel to heaven where they live together for eternity. The plush comfort of animal caskets can bring this legend to life for many pet owners.
As the pet owner buries his or her special friend, animal caskets serve as a reminder that the two will one day be together again forever. Experts say it is important to recognize that the difficult emotions associated with losing a pet are as valid as any other human feeling, and dealing with them is important for healthy living. Accordingly, many pet owners have found animal caskets to be a particular comfort.