By Abby Walton
Many people are as emotionally attached to their pets as they are to people. When our pets die, it’s natural to grieve for them as we do with people. That’s where Jane Rose’s business, Rose Pet Memorial Center, wants to help out.
“As pet parents, and losing four of our dogs over the past four years, we were not finding the kind of place or the level of service that we wanted for our own pets when they died,” Jane stated. She and her husband, John, decided to create a place where pet parents could come to grieve.
“We have a private remembrance room where a pet parent can say their last good bye and also receive their pet in privacy. We created a sanctuary where pet parents can have a memorial service, funeral, celebration of life, however they want to memorialize their pet,” Jane stated.
Open since July, the couple said they haven’t done a full funeral service yet, but have helped several people say goodbye to their “fur kids.”
“We did have a client whose dog passed away while he was out of town, and he wanted the opportunity to say goodbye to her and had a private viewing with her. He was so appreciative of being able to see her one last time,” Jane stated.
Once your pet has passed away, someone from the center will pick up your pet and bring them back to the center. There, a lock of hair is taken from the pet and a paw print is made as a keepsake for the family. The family can visit the center to say their goodbyes. The pet is then cremated and ashes are given back to the family within 48 hours. The center also has different types of markers, urns or headstones to memorialize your pet.
Rose Pet Memorial Center Open House
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26
Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 27
9595 Valparaiso Ct., Indianapolis
For more information call 872-4500 or visit www.rosepetmemorialcenter.com.