On 23 Oct 2007, we officially opened the EcoEternity Forest at Camp Highroad, a new type of Green Cemetery for the cremated remains of humans. As we started to communicate the new idea to customers and funeral homes, we received positive feedback and many questions. Every other customer asked, “My pet is part of my family, can it go under my tree too?” People were surprised to learn cremated pets could be interred with their family under a dedicated EcoEternity Family Reunion Tree.
We also received feedback from customers that liked the EcoEternity Forest concept but had not made a personal cremation decision. Many thought the Pet EcoForest could be a meaningful alternative to “other means of disposal”. The emotional importance of pets to Americans has always been important. Treating pets with respect and dignity during their lifetime and beyond is a major concern for owners.
Consequently, EcoEternity selected a picturesque setting in the Camp Highroad forest that overlooks a pond for a Pet EcoForest. All trees are easy to access and inventoried. People may visit during daylight hours. An information board at the entrance to the forest path informs families of the layout. A tree may be dedicated exclusively to the pets of one family or a tree may be shared with other families’ pets. A small name plaque can be attached to the tree in memory of the lost pet.
In our discussions with pet owners we learned that many have several urns of ashes at home. For those that are looking for a beautiful natural setting in which to bury all of their pets, the Pet EcoForest in Loudoun County, Virginia, may be the right alternative. Please call (888) 435 1869 and visit www.PetEcoForest.com.