Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it normal to grieve over the loss of a pet?

It is just as normal to grieve over the loss of a beloved animal companion as it is to grieve over the loss of a human family member. There is no normal when it comes to the magnitude or longevity of grief. Different people react in different ways. Most importantly, don't be ashamed of your grief or try to hide it. Your emotions are a wonderful tribute to the meaning of your companion's life. Planning your pet's post-life care in advance and having the chance to say your final good-byes when the time finally comes are important to achieving closure to this significant loss. We understand this.
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What should I do if my pet dies at home?

Until decisions and preparations can be made, place your pet in the coldest part of your home. You can lay down plastic, then newspaper to place your pet's body on and gently cover them with a blanket or towel. Contact us as soon as you're able. We are here to help. If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
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What should I do if my pet dies while at the veterinary clinic?

There is no hurry. Most clinics that work with Abbey Glen will have a storage facility where your pet can be safely held. You can use our Find a Vet tool to locate a clinic that can assist you with our services. If your veterinarian works with another service, you can contact us directly. If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
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Why choose Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park?

Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park has led the industry with an uncompromising reputation for integrity and excellence since 1975. Second-generation family-owned, Abbey Glen operates full-service facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; additionally, our 14 acre deed-restricted cemetery located in Lafayette, New Jersey is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. We welcome visits to our grounds or any of our facilities during business hours. Abbey Glen will provide transportation services for your pet from any veterinarian hospital in the tri-state area. Abbey Glen offers private viewings for clients to be present for their beloved pet's cremation. Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park is a member of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC) and adheres strictly to its Code of Ethics.
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Can I take my pet's body home?

Your pet belongs to you. You always have the right to take your pet home with you.
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Can I see my pet again?

You are invited and encouraged to arrange for a proper viewing at Abbey Glen prior to cremation or burial. However, you can rest assured that our services for your pet will be conducted in the same caring way, whether you are present or not.
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What options are available to me through Abbey Glen?

Abbey Glen offers burial arrangements in our beautiful pet memorial park, cremation services at one of our two state-of-the-art facilities, or you may opt for burial at home (where allowed by law). If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
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Can I be sure that I have my pet's cremains?

At Abbey Glen we know that your pet is an important part of your family, and we provide the same level of integrity for every pet received. We understand the importance of receiving only your pet's cremains back, and assure the authenticity by following a rigurous process. Every private cremation takes place in its own stainless steel compartment, and is tracked throughout the process with a unique pet identification system. Your loved pet's cremains will be returned in a unique custom wooden chest which includes a cremation certificate with the Rainbow Bridge poem.
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Can I prepare in advance?

It is always wise to prepare for your pet's disposition in advance. It allows you to make better choices in a time of calm rather than during the stress of a very emotional time. Planning ahead can also afford the opportunity to prepare financially. We offer the opportunity to purchase pre-need cemetery plots, as well as pre-need cremation services. If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
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Are there pet grief counseling groups available?

Yes. Please see the Grief Support page for a selection of valuable resources.
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