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More People Asking To Be Buried With Pets

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Woman sits by her dog Rusty's grave (AP File Photo)

Woman sits by her dog Rusty’s grave (AP File Photo)

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WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (WBBM) – It may not be a trend – yet – but the owner of a suburban pet cemetery says more people are not afraid to admit they want to be buried with their dogs or cats.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, at least as far back as the 1950s, people have scattered human ashes at Hinsdale Animal Cemetery in Willowbrook.

And then in the ’60s and ’70s, people wanted their cremated remains to be buried with their pets.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller Reports

“We’ve got a total of about 35 people. Between 35 and 40.”

Hinsdale Animal Cemetery owner Bill Remkus says there may be a trend toward human burial with their pets.

“If it’s increasing, it’s increasing because people aren’t afraid to say they’re going to do it.”

Cost of pet burial: at least 450 dollars.

Cost of burial of already-cremated human remains with your pet: between 50 and 100 dollars.

Remkus says some human cemeteries are opening sections where you can be buried with your pet.

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