Kates-Boylston Publications is proud to announce the publication of “The Funeral Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss,” a full-color book that provides tools and strategies to help funeral professionals start a pet loss operation or make an existing one more effective.
This week we provided services for a local law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Now, every funeral director I know has had that feeling in the pit of their stomach when the evening news announces that an officer has been killed in their community.
The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), a group of about 400 pet loss providers and related businesses, released the findings of its 2013 Pet Loss Profession Survey. This is the second annual survey of the pet loss profession and has become an annual measure of breadth of the profession.
CG Labs, Inc. of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada announces the launch of their newest brand, Pet DNA Memorial www.petdnamemorial.com. CG Labs is a DNA services company that has perfected the process of extracting DNA from a cheek swab or hair sample (no blood draw required) and binding the DNA to a substance that allows for room temperature storage indefinitely.
The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) has announced a worldwide Accreditation Program for Pet Crematory facilities, the first and only Accreditation Program ever to be established for the pet aftercare industry.
In 2013, American’s spent more than $55 billion on their pets and the market is expected to grow even more.
Dogs and cats have become part of the American family’s inner circle over the past 20 years, sleeping in their own beds or yours, eating food bought specially to help their digestive tracts, drinking purified water and cuddling up in chairs on heated pads made to fend off arthritis. In the past, children were a reflection of us, and people are now extending that to their pets.
Pinky was “a member of our family” and brought it a “holy joie de vivre,” Black wrote in a 2011 essay in The Christian Century magazine titled, “Unexpected grief: Elegy for a border collie.”
Pinky taught his family about selfless dedication and focusing on the moment, rather than “an unfetchable past and an uncertain future,” Black wrote.
And, the theology professor added, he hopes to see Pinky in heaven: If the biblical Psalms call for all creatures to sing praise, “Who’s to say that God does not accept the bark of a border collie as praise?”
It might surprise you to find out that humans are not the only animals that grieve the loss of their loved ones or hold vigils. Many members of the wild animal kingdom celebrate the lives of their loved ones in ways that would put us as a society to shame.
FrontRunner has brought together some of the most highly respected and leading experts in the field of pet loss. These appointments will form the new advisory board for “An Unforgettable Friend” Pet Loss Business System.
Orlando Creative Services to Collaborate with FrontRunner Professional on Creation of Pet Loss Coloring Book for Children
The book is the brainchild of Kevin Montroy, CEO/Founder of FrontRunner Professional. “After reviewing all of the existing materials out there, we decided that we could make a significant contribution to the pet loss for kids’ cause” said Kevin. “We are thrilled that we can offer materials to help children make some sense of the loss they feel.” Kevin also has written a poem that’s included in the coloring book.