Pet Memorials 101
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Dogs in Heaven
Grieving Over Pet Loss
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Why We Love Cats
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What Happens to a Pets Body After It Dies
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Pet Coffins & Pet Caskets
Part Of The Healthy Grieving Process
Pet 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. The burial of a beloved pet is one of the many unspoken traditions in our society, and it is not a recent tradition at that. In the era before video games, internet, and even television, many children experienced the bond that can be created with a companion animal, and upon the passing of their beloved friends, parents would go to any length to help them ease the pain and grief felt. This is partly how the creation of pet cemeterys came about, and it was not uncommon to hold a small funeral service for a pet, with each family member giving a few words about their lost friend. While in those days, a simple cardboard box would usually suffice to inter the companion, our modern age has brought a burial vessel that is as dignified as those intended for a pet's human counterpart. With their meticulously designed, comfortable interiors and luxurious exteriors, pet coffins 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 a pet caskets can bring this legend to life for many pet owners.
As the pet owner buries his or her special friend, pet coffins serve as a reminder that the two will one day be together again forever. Because pet burial caskets can create associations like this, they can be an important part of the healthy grieving process that any animal lover experiences at the death of a beloved pet. 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 pet coffins to be a particular comfort.
Pet coffins come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors with many customizable adornments, and their uses are just as varied as their looks. Pet coffins are, of course, mostly used for beloved cats and dogs, but it’s not uncommon for pet coffins 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 pet coffins.
Many people choose to bury their pets in the yards of their private residences, and pet coffins give this tradition a personal touch. Pet 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 pet coffins. Aside from the comforting touch that pet coffins can provide for any loss of a pet, pet coffins can also make pet burials a clean, sanitary ritual.
While pet coffins 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 pet casket that will be its eternal home.