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Is a pet cemetery a good option?

I don’t know if you saw this story reported, but the Associated Press had a small item about a pet cemetery in New York recently:


Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery



A travel guide’s list of the best places in the world to be entombed includes a cemetery for animals in a New York City suburb.

“Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2009” includes the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery with the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids among the 10 “best places of rest.”

A spokesman for Hartsdale says it’s “delighted to be in such esteemed company.”

The guide says the headstones at the pet cemetery are fascinating to read. One says, “Sport: Born a dog, died a gentleman.”

There are 70,000 creatures and several bereaved humans in the 112-year-old pet cemetery, which is 20 miles north of New York City.

A spokeswoman for the publisher says the book tries to include “a variety of travel experiences.”


I would definitely say it would make an unusual travel experience, but I suppose I can see why pet lovers might be tempted to visit.


In many places it’s harder to find nice pet cemeteries.  Bereaved owners are faced with allowing their vets to dispose of their pets or of burying their pets at home themselves.  Some people prefer the closure that comes with a burial at home.  But, if you prefer to look for a pet cemetery they should offer caskets, monuments, maintenance, flowers – all the services that a human cemetery would offer. Pet cemeteries often offer cremation services as well. You can opt for a “single” cremation for your pet, in which he or she is cremated alone, or you can choose to have your pet cremated along with some other pets. In the better cremation businesses you can ask to watch the cremation process and are guaranteed to get back your pet’s remains rather than some other pet’s ashes.


Many people also choose an appropriate urn for their pet’s ashes to be kept in their home or scatter the ashes in a place that the pet loved during life. They may also include their pet in online virtual cemeteries and memorial sites so others can read about them and pay their respects.


I know it’s not an easy subject but it’s one we all have to face at some point.  I’ve always been able to give my pets burials where I lived.  That appeals to me, but it’s a highly personal decision.  Everyone is different and mourns their beloved pet in his or her own way.  What’s most important is that you are able to say goodbye and find peace after losing your loved one.


November 20, 2008 - Posted by | General | , ,

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