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“My dog just died — what do I do?” Part 1

If your pet just passed away or you anticipate they’ll pass away soon, you may be feeling lost about what to do. Here we address the two options almost everyone has at their hands: cremation and burial. We talk about how to choose between them or combine the parts that best fit your circumstances and values. Hopefully this post provides a guide in what can be a really difficult period of time.

 

Burial 

Burying your pet directly into the ground is, in our opinion, the simplest and most natural way to say goodbye to a pet. The physical labor of digging the earth and personally resting your pet in the ground can be extremely cathartic, as described by one of our adopters, Judd.

Judd burying Hallie

Judd burying his dear dog, Hallie

Another enormous benefit to burying your pet, particularly on your own property, is being able to visit them. If you cannot find a friend or family member willing to volunteer space on their land, you can bury your pet at a cemetery. We have found that burial plots at pet cemeteries cost between $300 and $800. For some pet owners, having a permanent place to visit is worth every penny. There are also a few places where you can be buried with your pet, called “whole family” cemeteries.

Regardless of where your bury your pet, it is good to have about 2 feet of earth above them. This is shallow enough for effective decomposition to take place. It is also deep enough for the smell of your pet to be masked from scavengers and other animals. Sometimes there are regulations pertaining how far you must bury your pet from a water source (e.g. at least 25 feet from ponds and streams and 100 ft from the water line). If you can’t find the local laws in your county or province online, call your local Animal Control department — they usually know the answer.

Pet-Shroud

If want to bury your pet, The Forever Spot Pet Shroud is your best option. Made of organic cotton and biomaterial, the Shroud is a soft, warm, and eco-friendly option for wrapping your pet. The same mushrooms and organisms in our human suits are in this Shroud to return your pet to the earth beautifully, simply, and without harm to the environment.

 

Click here to read Part 2 on Cremation

 

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