Your pets are part of your family. It makes sense why you would want to bring them to a funeral, especially if the deceased was close to the animals as well. Some families would be okay with a pet at the service while others would view it as horribly rude.
There are many reasons why you might want to bring an animal to a funeral service in Daytona Beach, FL. The animal might be a service animal who travels everywhere with you. Or the animal may have been the pet of the deceased. Lately, people have been turning to emotional support animals as well.
Before you show up with your pet in tow, however, you need to make sure that the family is okay with it. In some cultures, bringing a pet to a funeral would never be allowed. If you can’t bring your animal to the service itself, there’s a chance that you might be able to bring it to the reception.
If you get permission from the family to bring your pet, you need to take extra precautions. Think about the temperament of your pet. Don’t bring an aggressive, hyper pet around people. Make sure your animal knows how to behave itself before you trust it in such a sacred environment.
When you’re at the funeral, try to sit in the back. You don’t want to become a spectacle. Allow your pet to sit quietly by your side.
Certain pets should always be left at home. Even the most outgoing cat would likely struggle in such a crowded environment. Likewise, pet birds would be too loud and distracting. Really, the only pets that you can even begin to think about bringing with you are friendly dogs.
Funerals can be very troubling experiences. Your emotions can feel so wild that you don’t know what to do. Bringing your pet to the funeral might be enough to help calm you. It’s unfortunate that you still have to think about decorum at a moment when you feel so turbulent, but it can’t be avoided.
Check with both the funeral home and the cemetery before you show up with your pet. Some have strict rules regarding animals on the premises. Cemetaries need to keep their areas clean which is why some ban pets. Too many owners refuse to pick up after their animals.
If you can’t bring your animal to the funeral and don’t want to attend on your own, you can choose your own way to honor the deceased’s memory. You don’t have to go to the funeral to pay your respects.
At Baldauff Family Funeral Home and Crematory, we can help guide you through the difficult part of your experience. Our staff is highly experienced and can answer any questions that you may have. Visit us at 1233 Saxon Blvd, Orange City, FL 32763, or give us a call at (386) 775-2101.