BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Linda Sumrall is the co-owner of A Pet's Memory. The choice of wanting a memorial service and cremation, along with the traditional burial of beloved pets is rising.
"More and more people are starting to look at their babies as being part of the family," Sumrall explained. "Many people could not have children. Therefore, their dogs or their kitties are their children."
Lacey Schlegal is an assistant caretaker for the company. She was picking up two cats that had to be euthanized, and their owners wanted to keep the ashes.
What do other clients say about this service?
"They are very thankful. Very, very thankful. They're able to get peace of mind in the time of need of these things like this," Schlegal said.
A Pet's Memory is now four years old. In fact, it's celebrating its fourth year in business this July.
As for Sumrall, she explains why the business is succeeding and why the trend seems to be growing.
"They're in residential rental properties. A lot of people don't have places to bury pets. Of course, we've got our military here that don't want to have to move and leave their babies behind. Of course, you have older people who don't have the health to get out there and properly bury their loved one," Sumrall said.
Even veterinarians, like Dr. Chris Duke, use the service. He lost his dog a few weeks.
"I chose to get the custom, what we call cremation ashes, back. My particular dog's ashes and I had a memorial service back at the house after I received them back," Duke said.
Having your pet close to you, even after death, can sometimes take away some of the painful sting that losing a pet can bring.
In addition to offering cremation services, A Pet's Memory also provides burial caskets, a private viewing room, as well as memorial monuments and markers.