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Pet funerals: Saying goodbye to your four-legged friends

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URBANA, Md. (CIRCA) – Pets have become part of many families and after they die, owners also mourn their loss.

It’s now not out of the ordinary to give your four-legged friend a proper goodbye.

Pet cremation and memorialization is one of the fastest-growing death care markets in the United States, according to the Cremation Association of North of America.

Linda Buel, owner of Heavenly Days Animal Crematory, first opened the pet crematory in 1979. Since then, she’s seen a big increase in owners interested in cremating their pets.

Heavenly Days has cremated animals ranging from dogs and cats to larger animals like horses. Owners have the option of an individual cremation or a communal cremation.

It doesn’t stop at cremation; some pet owners may choose to have a memorial service or purchase a special artifact to remember their pet’s life with.

Heavenly Days offers memorial bricks and plaques on a tree of life.

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Updated 6/18/18
Originally published 6/12/18

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