New Pet Memorial at Kirk Hallam Church
“It was after our cat Florence died last June,” says Rev’d Christine French, “that I learnt that unless you own your house, legally you cannot bury your dead pet companion in your garden, and was a little upset”.
Rev’d Christine says the kindness she was shown after Florence’s death was very moving, with many people sharing with her how upset they were when their dog, or cat, or rabbit or even snake, died.
Currently Church of England churchyards are not allowed to bury pets or scatter their cremated remains.
To help bring a little comfort to someone when their beloved pet scammers over the rainbow bridge, the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church agreed to Rev’d Christine’s suggestion of a Pet Memorial in the churchyard.
“Hopefully it can be a place of prayer and comfort to people,” she said.
Thanks were extended to Martyn Bailey Stone Masons on East Street in Ilkeston for completing such a dignified and sensitive memorial with the Bible verse from Isaiah ‘The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.’
Pictured are representatives of Martyn Bailey Stone Masons, the memorial and Pippin, housemate of Florence who died last year.