Many people view their pets as members of their families, with just as much importance as their human family members. More and more of them, are even wanting to be buried with their beloved pets.
For a long time, perhaps forever, humans have often desired to be buried with their loved ones. There might not seem objectively to be a good reason for this to some people, but it has always given them the comfort to know that they will rest beside their loved ones for eternity.
In the past, these loved ones usually included spouses or children who passed away at a young age. Wealthy people might have been buried with more extended family members in family mausoleums.
It would have been extremely unusual for someone to be buried with a pet. However, today many people think of pets differently.
Pets are now viewed by many as having equal importance as human loved ones. That has led to an increase the desire to be buried with those pets, as Legacy.com discusses in "Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die?"
A couple of states now allow people and their pets to be buried in the same cemetery with some conditions. A few other states are considering legislation that would also allow it.
This is not just a U.S. phenomenon, since a few foreign countries now also allow the practice.
If you love your pet that much, you should also know there are other legal things you can do to show that love.
An estate planning attorney can help to make sure that if anything happens to you before your beloved pet passes away, you can provide legal means to have your pet taken care of appropriately, such as with a pet trust.
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Reference: Legacy.com (Feb. 16, 2017) "Can You Bury Your Pet With You After You Die?"