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Visitors to our website may have noticed that we have added pet obituaries to our services. This idea came about after several people in our circle of family, friends, and neighbors lost their precious pets this summer. We lost our sweet little dog Megan two years ago, so we knew just how painfully sad this is for a family.
This loss is real and to many it’s like losing a family member. Yet, we don’t typically deal with the loss of a pet in the same way. There’s no funeral, no gathering of family and friends, no obituary.
When our dog died at the age of 14, I wrote an obituary for her because writing made me feel a little bit better. I don’t think I even showed the obituary to anyone because I thought it might seem silly. Then, two weeks later, my father-in-law died and our focus shifted. I set Megan’s obituary aside and forgot about it.
On the day of Megan’s death, our veterinarian offered to arrange the cremation, but Tim said he would take care of it himself. He wrapped Megan in a blanket, gently placed her in the back of the car, and drove her to a crematorium.
Our college-aged daughters took Megan's death very hard, after all, Megan had been with them through everything: school, friendships, parties, and holidays. She comforted them through many difficult times. To help them with their loss, Tim had a memorial portrait made and we hung it prominently in the living room. When her ashes were returned, he placed them in an urn decorated with little paw prints. For Christmas we gave the girls silver necklaces with charms embossed with her paw print.
All of these symbols of remembrance helped us very much. Today, I am wondering why we never thought that others might benefit from these services in the same way.
After all, today people treat their dogs and cats much differently than they did in the past. I was raised with dogs – dogs that lived in the house. Our family dog was Cindy, an Old English Sheepdog who never left my mother’s side. My mother’s parents had Barfy, a collie who was the sweet baby of their family and my father’s parents had Fritz, a strong-willed Dachshund who acted like he was the town’s mayor. However, many people I knew had dogs who stayed outside, tied up to a dog house. Many dogs back then were treated like, well, dogs. Now, dogs are treated like children and grandchildren. Their status has been elevated.
Of course, there will always be people who are satisfied with a backyard burial, but maybe there are others who want a little bit more for their pets. With that being said, it seems that these sweet, lovable and faithful companions should be remembered in a special way when they pass, even if it’s just a small remembrance.
Right now, that small remembrance at the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home can be an obituary. An obituary that will give you the opportunity to tell your pet’s story: how they came into your life; what they liked to eat; their special skills and quirks; how they played, and how much they loved. You can write the memorial yourself or you can email us the information so we can write it for you. This complimentary service, which can also include photos, is available to anyone who would like to remember their pet in a special way. Please note, the pet obituaries are listed on an separate page on the website.
Click here to view the obituaries that have already been posted on our website.
If you would like to submit an obituary, please include the following information:
For more information and to submit an obituary, contact the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently working on expanding our pet services to include cremations, pet cremation merchandise that will include urns, memorial portraits and paw print jewelry. This is a service we hope to have available by the end of the 2019.