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Would you or have you ever had a funeral for your deceased pet?

  1. swilliams profile image85
    swilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Would you or have you ever had a funeral for your deceased pet?

    I was recently invited to a pet furneral. The dog  swallowed a penny. This lady friend of mine paid a lot of money for the dog swallow surgery and it still died...and now she is having furneral. The furneral is over a thousand dollars. Am I mean for thinking that  my friend should find pine box or  shoe box. Can't she bury it in the back yard. It's a small dog. The dog was very rude by the way. She did not know that dog for long time. I don't go. I sent  her a sorry that your dog died card, they make those kind of cards nowadays. That should be enough. Right?

  2. SilentMagenta profile image72
    SilentMagentaposted 3 years ago

    Yes I have been to a pet funeral but nothing worth more than $10. If she is still upset after the card, I would try offering to  show her a dog store where she can buy another dog.

    1. swilliams profile image85
      swilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Your friend only paid $10 for her pets funeral? Wow! I knew she was being ripped off. I bet you someone is going sing and everything and that is just not normal to me. However I will try to help her look for a new dog, thanks SilentMagenta.

    2. SilentMagenta profile image72
      SilentMagentaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      She may be paying the right amount. All we had was a very nice wooden box at her funeral. No problem.

  3. goatfury profile image90
    goatfuryposted 3 years ago

    Yep.  I actually wrote a Hub about our miniature Dachshund, Hallie, passing away fairly recently (less than 2 months ago).  It one of the saddest days of my life.

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    Darla Dollmanposted 3 years ago

    I think it is fine to send a card. People do not always attend funerals for humans that they do not know and you did not know the dog.

    As for a funeral, I become emotionally attached to all of my animals, as many people do, and I have a personal ceremony. I usually have my pets cremated and keep them in a box. I do not display the box or place them in fancy urns, but I do have them in a closet along with their collars and favorite toys. When I first heard of cremation I thought it was excessive, but my ex-husband offered to pay for it as a gift for me since we shared the dog while we were married and it seemed like a kind gesture, so I accepted, then we also had her "husband" and daughter cremated when they died a year later. I thought, at the time, that an outside burial would be fine, but then it occurred to me that I was living in a rented house and the owner might find that rude when you bury a large animal, so what do you do? When they are cremated you can take the box with you.

    I have found that it helps with the grieving process to perform a personal ceremony and say goodbye to my pets. My sister is an artist and she made a variety of prayer cards for me that I use when I bury wild animals I have found that died or were killed, such as birds that fly into our window and break their necks, and I leave a prayer card in the grave and say a short prayer.

  5. swilliams profile image85
    swilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Birds hit your window and broke thier neck? Oh my word...you are very brave because I would have fainted. I hit a bird by accident... it was huge though...I did not have a funeral for the bird because I did not know that bird, but I felt bad for the accident. I did not know that pets could be cremated wow some pets have great funerals. Your right it is not a good plan to bury an amimal in the backyard of a rented establishment. It could turn into Stephan Kings Pet Sematary.

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      Darla Dollmanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it is called a "strike," common in spring when male birds see their reflections in windows. It also happens if the windows are too clean. I lived in a round, glass house in the Texas Hill Country surrounded by forest...and birds!

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    sheilamyersposted 3 years ago

    I've never had what I would call a funeral, but I've lovingly wrapped each cat that died at home in a towel and buried them in my backyard. I know some people might just throw them in the trash, but I always considered them a member of my family and thought they deserved the respect of being buried. If a friend or family member planned some big, fancy funeral for their pet, I'd probably go if I was invited. I don't think it's silly or a waste of money because I think it shows how much they really cared about the pet and it's their money to spend.

  7. lisavollrath profile image96
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    My 18 year old rat terrier passed in March. He had a stroke, and I took him to the vet, and said goodbye as she put him to sleep. I felt him leave, and I bawled my eyes out. I let the vet dispose of what was left when he was gone. That wasn't my dog. It was just his very lovely, furry packaging. I didn't feel the need to bury him somewhere. He's in my heart, and photos of him are here and there around the house, and his image appears in some of my artwork. I don't need a place to visit him, because I'll carry his memory with me until I die.

    No doggie funerals. But then, I'm not big on people funerals, either.

    1. swilliams profile image85
      swilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Lisavollrath, I am so sorry to hear of your rat terrier's death. Number # I  I have never heard of a rat terrier and #2 I never knew that they could have a stroke! I like how you said you will carry memories in your heart. Beautiful!

    2. lisavollrath profile image96
      lisavollrathposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, dogs can have strokes. I had a German Shepherd when I was growing up who also died after two strokes. As for rat terriers, they're excellent, small, active, easy to train dogs who like learning new things. I now have a 1 year old rattie mix.

  8. Arachnea profile image77
    Arachneaposted 3 years ago

    Yes. I buried two cats at different times and did a funeral for them. It was an individual effort and provided closure for me.

    1. swilliams profile image85
      swilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry for your loss Arachnea! I do consider that pet funerals bring closure. My friend blew up giant pictures of that strange looking dog. I just wish it looked normal. It looked scary like a  bad Gremlin, I will be supportive. Love is blind.