Arkansas Pet Services|
Gentry, AR 72734
Phone: (479) 233-0359
Contact: Paul Lemke
Grieving for Pets
Loss of a pet can leave an empty place in our lives as much as the loss of a family member. Grief is expressed in many ways and is healed by facing the grief and sharing feelings with a trusted friend. Sources that can help provide comfort and options for walking through this journey are available at:
Memorial CustomsAs pets become more valued parts of our families, most people appreciate a small, family ceremony to commemorate the passing of their beloved companion. Children in particular, are fond of private ceremonies in which they say goodbye and remember the good times they shared with their little friend. Creating a memorial tribute can be an effective way to help people of all ages cope with grief. It's tangible and it's creative -- both ways that we process our emotions and share them.
Photos, drawings, poems and stories can be collected and arranged in a photo album as a tangible reminder of the loving impact the pet had on a family or special friend.
Living memorials such as planting a tree or garden can provide a lesson about life -- and help remember your relationship with your pet as a changing part of life. A memorial stone or marker helps tell the story of your tribute.
Ashes from the cremation of a pet's remains can be placed in an attractive urn and placed in a favorite location in the home or great outdoors.
Companion remembrance cards can help a friend by knowing that the beloved pet was part of others' lives, as well. Heartfelt emotional expressions can sooth pain and grief. A simple heartfelt card expresses caring thoughts in a loving way.
A framed photo or photo montage can capture many happy moments shared during the adventures of living together.
History of Pet MemorialsIn Ancient Egypt household cats were regarded as sacred and were embalmed after death and buried in sacred repositories. Cats were also ritually cremated, and there is much evidence of this at the cat temple of Pakhet at Beni Hassan, where also quite recently a new seam of cat mummies was discovered. One theory held is that in general males were mummified and females cremated. Many wild, deified cats were kept in temples and this might be perceived as the true beginnings of cat domestication.
Indian legend that at the end of the evening friends gathered around the fire to share their thoughts and speak of each others good qualities. As the embers faded, friendships were sealed.
Cremation ServicesFacing the death of a beloved pet can be difficult in many ways. The emotional loss makes it hard to know how to handle the practical details effectively. Your vetrinarian has experience with both birth and death, as well as respect for the human emotions involved in this painful event.
Arkansas Pet Services works both with veterinarians and directly with families who need pet cremation services. We provide pick-up services, quality crematorium services, and rapid return of the remains to the veterinarian or pet's family. Just call your vet or us for service.
What To Do When Your Pet DiesWhen a pet dies at home, there are several things you can do to provide for dignified services.
Choices for After CarePet Cremation
Pet cremation is offered by most veterinary clinics, even if there is no crematorium availale. NOTE: Arkansas Pet Services will pick up your deceased pet from any veterinarian in our service area.
Prices for cremation services vary based on choice of shared or private service, and by weight. Shared cremation is less expensive, and you will not be able to receive your pet's ashes for private disposal. Private services return your pet's ashes to you for burial, placement in an urn, or for spreading.
Urns and Memory Boxes for Ashes
Pet Burial / Funeral Whole body burial is another method of disposal. Whether in nature, your own backyard, or at a designated pet cemetery, many families derive comfort from interring their friend in a place they will be able to visit. As health and enviromental regulations have become stricter, a home or nature burial may not be possible where you live. Please check your local animal control office or state laws for guidelines and restrictions.
Pet Taxidermy and Freeze-Drying
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