Workers unload and install the new pet cremation machine at Gent Funeral Home in Alton last Monday. The new service will be offered in a matter of weeks.
ALTON – Demand for a proper resting place for those who clients consider family has inspired Gent Funeral Home to offer services for pets.
“We’ve had so many calls asking us if we could cremate pets for people over the years, and because we needed a separate cremation machine, we had to turn them away,” Ralph Bowles with Gent said.
Andrew J. Pfleger said the preparations for a pet crematory have been in the works for the last four to five years.
“We have seen a trend where pets have become more important to families,” Pfleger said. “So many people, including us here at the funeral home, consider their pets close companions and we want to provide those families with a way to say good-bye in a dignified way.”
The new cremator is the latest generation of “low-emission” units designed by Matthew’s Cremation of Orlando, Fla.
Gent will work directly with both families and veterinarians. Families also can alert their veterinarian that they wish to use the “Pets at Peace” process through Gent.
“To understand the love people have for their pets, one man specifically said that his dog sleeps in the same bed as him but his kids sleep down the hall,” Bowles said.
Gent plans to have the new service up and running within the next two weeks.
For more information, call (618) 466-5544.