New Bill Would Allow Owners to Have Deceased Pets Buried with Them

“As a pet owner, you want dignity and respect for your pet because they’re part of the family. Are we ready to allow them to be in the same grave together?”

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When we die, many of us and our loved ones prefer to include little trinkets in our caskets – photos, jewelry, etc.  Many would also like to have their previously deceased pets included.  A new bill in Massachusetts would make it legal for pets to be buried alongside their owners.

State Representative Nick Collins has sponsored Bill 3272, which was petitioned by Dorchester resident Bill Trabucco.  Some 5,000 cemeteries in the state would be able to designate land for the “co-internment … of the bodies of humans and their pets.”

In some states, similar laws have already been enacted.  In Virginia, pets may be buried alongside their owners, but not in the same coffin.  In Florida, provided that the pet has died first, remains may be entombed with their human.

“Animals have suffered in silence for far too long. They have amazing qualities that the human race can only aspire to,” Trabucco told the Boston Herald. “Going forward, they will rightfully be protected through effective Massachusetts legislation.”

Thomas Daly, chairman of the Massachusetts Cemetery Association’s Legislative and Consumer Affairs Committee, believes there has been an increased demand for pet/owner burials, and feels that all opinions should be regarded before making it a law.  He also wonders whether or not the law would allow people to be buried with their animals in pet cemeteries.

“We’re trying to get our arms around this very, very quickly,” Daly said. “As a pet owner, you want dignity and respect for your pet because they’re part of the family. Are we ready to allow them to be in the same grave together? There needs to be more discussion. Even though it’d be great, we have to look at it in a much bigger picture.”

To see a listing of human cemeteries that allow pet burials, click here.

188 thoughts on “New Bill Would Allow Owners to Have Deceased Pets Buried with Them

  1. I would have thought this would already be ok! But really to put a pet down because an owner passes on, is pretty abusive to say the least! Maybe this is the reason they feel they need a bill for such a thing!

  2. Good, it should be legal in all states. I have 5 cremated pups that will be coming with me or my husband. It’s what WE want so the govt should butt out

  3. Pass a bill are you serious you pay for the burial site you should be able to take along anything dogs, cats, my brother was buried in the Gulf of Mexico and had to get permission to do so.lot,s of red tape and he fought and died for this country

  4. had a conversation in a store the other day with a lady who said she had to SNEAK the ashes of her mothers deceased pet cat in the casket with her mother because this is against the law. SERIOUSLY?? you better believe i want my cats buried with me.

  5. What would you do if you have multiple pets? I think it’s a good idea. Back home on my mom and dad’s place we have a little pet cemetary for all of our pets over the years.

  6. What would you do if you have multiple pets? I think it’s a good idea. Back home on my mom and dad’s place we have a little pet cemetary for all of our pets over the years.

  7. Wanted to do this for my husband and one of our dogs but here in Illinois it can’t be done. What dif. does it make? Still have her ashes and my previous GSD’s that WILL be with me when it’s my turn.

  8. My folks had their cat creamated and kept the ashes for many years. When my dad died, the cat’s ashes were placed in his casket. This was in Georgia a little over 10 years ago. It never occurred to me that it might have been illegal, but I’m sure the mortuary didn’t care. As for my family, our pets are all buried out back (we live on a small farm), and there they will stay. I believe that, if there’s an afterlife, we will be together no matter where our bodies end up.

  9. If i’ve paid for my funeral expenses and my dog(s) are already deceased and i want their remains buried with me. Exactly whose business is it? NO ones. SMH

  10. Truly – it’s not as if it’s a health issue, it’s a cemetary for goodness sake! I’d like my pets to accompany me (only if they pre-decease me).

  11. My beloved Coco and Candi were cremated and my rescues will be when it’s their time and all put in with me when I’m cremated

  12. My husband and I are being cremated and when buying our resting studios :), we asked if our dogs (some already cremated) could be mixed with our ashes. Though it’s not allowed, we were told that no one would know the difference if someone we knew took possession of our ashes and honored our wishes before the internment. That’s the plan.

  13. Moi je ne demanderai a personne!!!
    Mon sois a moi c’est d’être incinéré et mettre les cendres de mes animaux avec moi!!!
    C’est ma décision et ça sera fait comme ça

  14. I just mentioned to my daughter that if I die b4 my dog, that I wanted my dog to be put down and cremated and then both our ashes put in the ocean. I love my dog and she loves me. There isn’t anyone I would want her to be with after I am gone. She says I’m wrong for this request. What are your thoughts?

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