January 11, 2021

Rise of funerals to give pets a fitting farewell | News

By haziqbinarif

The loss of a loved pet used to mean soberly taking a spade and disturbing a shrub at the bottom of the garden.

Now owners want to give their faithful friends a proper send-off, spending hundreds of pounds in the process.

For the Rev Tara Hellings, helping people through difficult times is one of the most important parts of her job as an Anglican vicar — and that includes the loss of a family pet.

She has officiated at funerals for dogs, cats and even a hamster. She has also been called upon to witness pet cremations, where she says a prayer, and can provide a full service with prayers, hymns and a pet picture.

“We put an awful lot of God in our

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