Cremation is storming our
funeral industry as more and more Americans choose cremation for their
final disposition. The cremation rate in the U.S. has risen from
around 20% in the mid-1990s to over 42% in 2013. Forecasts expect
it to reach over 60% by 2020.
Pet Cremation: A convenient
final disposition for lost furry loved ones!
Cremation has been widely accepted
as a means of conducting a final disposition for an animal for some time
now, due to a smaller number of pet cemeteries around the country and the
lack of green space for many families in metro areas to bury their furry
departed. With over 62% of American households owning at least one
pet, this market presents a huge opportunity as a revenue generating business.
As funeral profits are declining from traditional funerals, some funeral
homes are expanding into the pet cremation market. A number of funeral
homes are even focusing on the funeral services that they can offer pet-loving
families who may wish to conduct services to memorialize their departed
As dogs and cats do not live
the lifespan of an average adult, those of us who have furry members of
our family, are likely to see several pass within our lifetime. The
ability to cremate a pet and then keep the cremated remains with the family,
even if the family should move around, makes cremation an ideal option
for pet owners.
There are also many memorialization
options for pet cremated remains today. You can have the ashes made
into jewelry, a portrait or some other memorabilia that helps you keep
the memory of a faithful departed pet close.
Legalities of interring human
remains with pet remains
Until recently we had separate
human and pet cemeteries, but it appears this law is in the process of
change. A new enactment by the New York Department of State will
allow pet owners cremated remains to be interred with their beloved furry
friends in pet cemeteries in the state. This law came into place
with effect from August 2nd 2014 and is a unique move to facilitate those
pet-lovers who really want to rest for all eternity with their furry departed.
As a huge animal-loving nation this seems a very profitable strategy for
New York’s pet cemeteries.
There are only a handful
of states that have attempted to address the issue of the legalities of
interring human cremated remains with pet remains. “It's very much a state
of flux right now," states Poul Lemasters, an attorney and funeral director
based in Cincinnati, Ohio is a consultant for the International Cemetery
Cremation and Funeral Association and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance.
Virginia is proposing a similar
regulation at present to allow pet cemeteries to be added to existing human
cemeteries and Pennsylvania is one of the few states that will allow human
bodies to be buried on pet cemeteries without having to be cremated, according
to Lemasters. In Florida it is legal to bury humans and non-humans
together, yet in Washington a bill was rejected to allow animals to be
buried in human cemeteries.
The ‘secret’ interment of pet
cremains with their human master
According to Coleen Ellis, co-chair
of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, this practice happens far more
frequently than we are probably aware of. The funeral director has
the role of sealing a casket prior to burial, and Ellis reports that a
number of funeral directors acknowledge that they have been asked by family
to place a pet urn inside a casket prior to its final disposition.
With 62% of American families
owning pets, many of whom would prefer to be laid to rest with their faithful
furry friends, the laws relating to interring human and animal remains
together is likely to hot topic in the coming years.
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
Published: August 12th 2014
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