Pet cremation becoming increasingly popularDetroit Lakes, MN(WDAY TV) - Your pets - they're certainly a part of your family, but how much money would you spend on them after they pass away?
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN(WDAY TV) - Your pets - they're certainly a part of your family, but how much money would you spend on them after they pass away?
Turns out a lot of people are turning to animal cremation.
Including a new business that opened its doors in Lakes Country.
Just outside of Detroit Lakes - tucked away in the trees, is “Forever in Our Hearts.”
It's where Terry Hiney brought her beloved Boxer.
Terry Hiney- Pet Owner: "Zeus was actually my first cremation of a pet."
To peacefully ending his battle with cancer.
Hiney: "The cremation part of it was actually a nice closing to a sad situation anyway."
Within days Zeus was back home with Terry, right where he belonged.
Hiney: "To have your pet back, means everything.'
That's why Owner Cheryl Behlme opened 'Forever in our Hearts".
Cheryl Behlmer- Forever In Our Hearts Owner: "I just want to be able to give people back their pets as soon as possible."
Sometimes it's as soon as the next day.
Behlmer: "They go inside here, once they're done everything is white - I pull it down into this tray here. They have to cool off. Once they cool off I put them into here and this is what whips them into ashes. "
Depending upon how much money you want to spend - the ashes can be placed in a simple tin or a decorative urn.
Behlmer: "Even if any owner doesn't want the remains of their animal back after they've been cremated Cheryl makes sure that they're kept in good hands. This flower garden will soon be a rock garden. Underneath every rock will be the remains of these pets - like Mikki or Bear. "
Behlmer: "I can't just toss them. They were somebody's beloved pet."
Once a part of a family.
No matter how you look at it - death is inevitable, but Terry says it's been therapeutic to still have Zeus by her side.
Hiney: "He is actually on the armoire in the bedroom - it is cool, it's kind of soothing, you know where he is."
Cheryl says the biggest reasons for people to consider pet cremation you can take your animals with you wherever you move.
In fact they can even be buried with you. As for prices - they vary between 100 and 200 dollars.