Funeral home provides resting place for both pets and owners

Losing a pet is hard, but one Mississippi funeral is offering a shared space for pet and pet owners to live for eternity

MADISON, Miss. -- Losing a pet is hard, but one Mississippi funeral is offering a shared space for pet and pet owners to live for eternity.

Natchez Trace Funeral Home said they are the first to own a columbarium where the ashes of a pet and their owner can be laid to rest side by side, WLBT-TV reported.

“We’ve actually called it the footprints and paws," said funeral home consultant Brittany Maugh, while introducing the newly installed columbarium.

Funeral director Michael Hudgins said there's been a long time demand for a co-existing area. He said he thought it would be a great idea to set aside a place where the home could accommodate those wishes.

Maugh said she's happy to bring it to the funeral home.

“My cats are, and extension to, they’re exactly like my children. I take care of them, I feed them, I give them water, so therefore they need to be memorialized the same way you would a human,” Maugh said.