There are some people that make pets the center of their lives and when that person passes on, you want to incorporate that piece of them and the love they had for their pets into their final service. When you work with funeral homes in Charleston, IL, let the representatives know how much your loved one cared for their pets and they might have ideas for you as to what can be done to incorporate them. You usually can’t just take the pet to the service. Some people in attendance could be allergic and it might be a distraction. But there are creative ways to include the pets your loved one adored. Here are a few examples.
The easiest thing you can do is have photos of the pets present at the service. You can even put a photo of the beloved pet into the casket with your loved one. They could be cremated with a photo as well if you go that direction. You can also just put pictures of them with their pet up around the funeral home so people can see how much loved they had for that pet when they remember them through the pictures.
If you have someone officiating and doing the eulogy, make sure they know about your loved one’s pet. They could perhaps share a few stories that you provide. If others are able to stand and speak, heartwarming stories about the pets to show their relationship are always nice. You could share how they found the pet in the first place, funny things they did with their pet, or how much the pet meant to them.
If you are going to have a memory table included in the service, you might want to add some pet items to the table. You could put a dog collar there to signify the pet your loved one has. You could place a statue of a cat or paintings of animals and other such things to remind people how much your loved one enjoyed animals—and especially their own pet.
There might also be some ways to have pets at the funeral or memorial service, but that depends on the location and whether or not the pet would be a distraction. You also don’t want the pet to be too stressed out with too many people fawning over him. Keep those things in mind as you make plans.
If you want to find a way to incorporate the pets your loved one adored during their lifetime, funeral homes in Charleston, IL can help you come up with appropriate ideas. Contact the professionals at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd and we will help you brainstorm until you hit just the right compromise to include the pets without too much trouble. We’re here to make sure you honor your loved one in whatever way you see fit. If that includes pets, that’s our goal as well. We’ll offer you the compassion you need.
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