Owners Giving Pets Elaborate Funerals
THE owners of lizards, alpacas, guinea pigs and rats are spending $1500 for pet grief specialists as mourning families do away with backyard burials for the religious traditions of a human send-off.
Animal cremation companies said the number of families giving their loved ones a “proper burial” had spiked from 10 to more than 80 a week – and some even went to the effort of half-week ceremonies.
The packages, ranging from $330 for a scatter box to $850 for the deluxe, also include cremation, urn, lock of fur, paw print, candle and a certificate.
Alison Moore, managing director at animal cremation company Pets Eternal, said: “We have Buddhist puppies that can’t be cremated for three days so they have to stay. We even have a Buddhist chanting machine with an animal prayer that plays.”
Ms Moore said another tradition, often preferred by the Japanese parents of pets, required special attention.
“They often like a full bone kept so we will stop the cremation slightly earlier so we can do that for them,” she said.
Since launching 12 years ago, the company has expanded its cremation services to cope with the 320 animals they cremate each month — with the average family spending about $400.
“I have been here for nine years and when I first took over I was doing just about everything myself, cremating 10 to 15 animals a week,” she said.
“We now see up to 80 animals a week and we have eight staff.”
[Read Full Article Here: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/11/07/461266_gold-coast-news.html]
Latest posts by CDFuneralNews (see all)
- IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038 - February 5, 2018
- Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding Achievement - February 5, 2018
- NFDA Introduces the 2018 Meet the Mentors Program Participants - January 30, 2018
You may be interested
IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038CDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018
Are you ready to fight...!? Ready to FIGHT those recent Facebook Newsfeed changes?! You're in luck with this week's brand…
Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding AchievementCDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018
West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, held its national sales meeting and recognition…
We are Building Something Exciting for You… and We Need Your Help!Justin Crowe - January 31, 2018
We want to make your deathcare job easier. Tell us what you want in this 2-minute survey and get entered to win $100! The Connecting Directors and Disrupt Media teams are excited to be planning some new free funeral home marketing content and products for you in 2018 and we want to know what you need most! We want to know your biggest business wins of 2017, the tasks in your day that you hate, and what you feel is holding you back!