Krossing Over

 |  Feb 13th 2009  |   9 Contributions


Kross Monsta Giles, RIP

Kross Monsta Giles, 9, of Saugus, MA passed on February 3, 2009, with his loving family by his side.

Kross (is) survived by his loving parents, Kris & Scott Giles, his human sister, Taylor, 7, and his canine sisters Bella Boo, 3, and his late-canine sister Shoei. He (is) also survived by his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Camponescki of Wakefield and Mr. & Mrs. William Giles of Melrose.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, Kross was a beautiful German Shepherd who lost his fight with cancer. What's unusual about this story is that the obituary above ran on the Gately Funeral Home website, normally reserved for humans.

Kross was a beloved family member in the Giles' household, his passing has left a big void. For those that aren't dog lovers, they just don't get the importance of being able to say a proper goodbye. Which is why when the Giles' approached John Gately, owner of Gately Funeral Home, he couldn't turn them away. Being a dog lover himself he generously donated space for a service to be held in honor of Kross.

Giles, who was turned away by one funeral home owner worried about "public backlash," said the wake will bring closure to her, her husband and 7-year-old daughter.

"It just felt so good having something for him," she said. "It's making me feel better. It's making the loss a little bit easier."

While this may be a first in Massachusetts, funeral homes across the country are increasingly servicing grieving pet owners, holding services and funerals. Also springing up across the country are pet memorial centers, specifically to help guide grieving pet owners in a dignified and loving manner when a pet dies. The memorial centers offer a wide range of products and services so you can customize the arrangements, from wakes to burials.

Locally we have a pet memorial center Dream Land, it is a wonderful place where you know your beloved pet will be in good hands after passing. A place your pet will be treated in a dignified and caring manner.

What do you think about having a memorial service for your pet? Would you use a pet memorial center to handle arrangements when your pet passes? Give me a bark.

* Pic of Kross courtesy BostonHerald.com

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