Pet Owners Turn Caskets into Resting Places for Two

September 24, 2009
Advertisement

SPRINGFIELD — Baby boomers have made an impact on every part of American culture from the crib to, now, the funeral. We spotted one part of this trend by taking a closer look at an obituary photo. It seems pets are now starting to stay by their owners’ sides, even when the owners are six feet under.

We all end up alone in the end. A casket is built for one, and we go down in the ground with hopes of reaching the other side. Not Audrey Swigert. Her obituary photo includes her dog, Molly. These two were a team in life — and in death.

Swigert never went anywhere without Molly; that includes when she moved to Magnolia Square nursing facility. She demanded that she be able to take Molly along — and Molly had already been cremated.

Advertisement

“Having her ashes here and demanding that they be here, that was a different request than we had ever dealt with before,” said Dawn Jones of Magnolia Square.

It didn’t take long for the staff to see Swigert’s love for all things, from the fish in the aquarium to visiting dogs.

“When the folks come in with poodles, oh boy, that was just Audrey’s greatest thing,” said Jones.

As it turns out, a man’s or a lady’s best friend is more and more often a best friend forever.

“They feel as strongly about having that pet with them as they do about having their spouse buried next to them,” said Lenny Cope.

At Magnolia Square, the staff’s biggest worry was knocking the box over and spilling Molly’s ashes. It was more valuable than all the diamonds in the world to Swigert.

“The housekeepers were very, very careful in cleaning around the room,” said Jones.

Nobody doubted Swigert’s intentions: Molly would go with her.

“Wherever Molly ended up, that’s where Audrey wanted to be as well,” said Jones.

The National Funeral Director’s Association is seeing other trends develop. Green funerals are on the rise, cremation requests are increasing and more people want video memorials played at the visitation.

Source: Ky3.com

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

Blog Archives Decedent’s Final Tweets… And They are Heartbreaking
Humor
35 views
Humor
35 views

Blog Archives Decedent’s Final Tweets… And They are Heartbreaking

Justin Crowe - January 16, 2018

The digital age has created some fascinating unprecedented scenarios concerning legacy. Facebook chronicles our lives, so when my kids are…

5 Ways to Build Your Business
News
21 views
News
21 views

5 Ways to Build Your Business

CDFuneralNews - January 16, 2018

Ask a business in this industry what differentiates them from their competitor and the answer is usually “service.” But to…

FBI Investigates Funeral Home Running “Remains Dealing” Side-Business
News
901 views
News
901 views

FBI Investigates Funeral Home Running “Remains Dealing” Side-Business

Justin Crowe - January 15, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is checking into Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in Montrose, CO, where owner Megan Hess is…

Comments