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Pet Friendly Services

Your best friend should be at your funeral too

You consider your pet part of the family. We do too. Which is why we offer pet-friendly funeral services so that every member of the family can say goodbye.

Pets form deep bonds with the people they share their lives with. The ‘owner’ is often the centre of their pet’s universe. Research shows that pets can experience mourning and show signs of depression and listlessness with the loss of a loved one. We share a few tips below on ways to include a loved one’s pet in a funeral service.

If you would like to know more about how you can involve your loved one’s ‘best friend’ in the funeral service, please contact us.

A few things to consider

Before bringing a pet to a funeral, speak to your consultant who will help with all the little details. 

  • Be prepared. For dogs bring along some dog snacks, a leash and collar, water, a favourite toy (no noisy toys) and the all-important ‘poop bags’.
  • Worried about disruption? If your pet is likely to disturb the service or remove your focus from the service, consider alternative ways of including them on the day.
  • Allergies? Please check with your guests that none of them have pet allergies.

You can’t bring your loved one’s ‘best friend’?

In some instances bringing your loved one’s pet may not be possible, however, that does not mean they can’t be included in the service. Here are some ways to include pets:

  1. Prepare a memento using photos of the pet with your loved one.
  2. Include photos in a tribute video showing the special relationship between the pet and the deceased.
  3. Talk about the relationship between the pet and your loved one in the eulogy.

Sincere thanks for the highly professional, courteous, and thoughtful service you and your team have provided.


On Behalf of our family we thank your company for their attention to detail, professional service and caring manner. In particular Anna and Kevin were outstanding. Thank you.


I was impressed and appreciated the prompt and courteous manner of staff at Bowra & O’Dea.