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All of the cemeteries in the Forest Lawn Group are now accepting the incidental burial of cremated domestic pets in our cemeteries.
Following the passage of New York State’s Pet Burial Law in September, 2016 the Forest Lawn Group of Cemeteries have become the first New York State regulated not-for-profit cemeteries to allow pet owners to inter the cremated remains of their domestic pets with them in a cemetery. Prior to the enactment of the new legislation, New York’s cemetery regulations had prohibited the interment of pets in human cemeteries. The new law does not require cemeteries to allow pet interments, but rather gives them the option to do so.
At the Forest Lawn Group, we are pleased to be able to take the important step of permitting pet burials, which will allow us to better meet the emotional needs of the many families and individuals who have a strong bond with their pets.
Pet burials will also support the Forest Lawn Group’s promise of perpetual care made to all those people who are interred in our cemeteries. Under the new law, all fees associated with the burial of cremated domestic pets must be deposited into the cemetery’s permanent maintenance fund. So, any revenue derived from pet burials will go directly to the maintenance of our cemeteries, which helps us to keep our solemn promise to provide the finest in perpetual care to all those who rest within our gates.