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Would You Want to Be Buried With Your Pet?

Would You Want to Be Buried With Your Pet?

Pet lovers celebrate their animals’ birthdays, take them on family vacations and even include them in their wills. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people would want to spend the afterlife with their furry friends.

However, in most cemeteries, pet remains aren’t welcome. But a bill on its way to Virginia’s House of Delegates could change that, at least in one state. Republican lawmaker Israel D. O’Quinn has submitted a bill to Virginia’s General Assembly that would allow pets and their owners to be buried together. Currently, the state’s code defines a cemetery as “any land or structure used or intended to be used for the interment of human remains.”

Recognizing that some people wouldn’t want to be buried alongside an animal, O’Quinn’s bill specifies that human-pet burials would be segregated from traditional gravesites. “Some people have an extreme aversion to animals, and others have a strong affection for them,” he told The Washington Post. “There are some people who do not want pets or any furry animal buried near them, and that is their right.”

The places a person can be buried with their pet in the U.S. are few. Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pennsylvania allows it, as Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Baltimore, Md. New York only recently allowed human ashes to buried in pet cemeteries, a practice that’s also legal in New Jersey.

The trend of pet burials has grown over the past decade. There are about 700 pet aftercare facilities, including funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries, in the country. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it’s a growing segment of the pet care industry, which brought in $52.87 billion in 2011.

Industry experts say allowing people to be buried with their cats, dogs and other beloved companion animals is simply the next logical step.

Article by Laura Moss


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12:51AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Thank you!

12:50PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Why not? Awesome.... But I prefer cremation

5:46PM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

I'd prefer to be cremated, it's more cost effective and don't use up land. I wouldn't mind having my ashes mixed with my pets.

11:43AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

My property has a little pet cemetery which houses the two dogs so far that have died of old age. They are not put in urns or anything else, because our bodies are meant to be used to nourish the earth when we're done. I'll be cremated, and the ashes spread on the land, as well. It just makes no sense to me to set up a place where people feel obligated to return to see your headstone. My legacy is who I loved and what I did during life, not after.

4:00AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

I would like to be cremated if you have pets, I liked someone to take care of them for me and then they die if they are better cremated, the ashes are like fertilizer for the land, the body being in a cemetery has no logic we are much more than body (bones after a while), our spirit is energy and animals too.

2:33AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

ty

2:22AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

i WANT TO BE CREMATED AND MY FUR BABIES THAT HAVE GONE BEFORE ME ARE IN URN'S AND WILL GO WITH ME!

12:06PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

My pets are cremated and there urns will be buried with me. My children know to do this without making a announcement about it so know one would even know. I want a closed casket anyway. I don't get why some people make such a big issue about it.

5:04PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Why not, Providing the pet has died, naturally.

9:30AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

I see no problem.

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