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Honoring Our Furry Friends

Whether we lose our pet to old age, illness or tragically, the physical separation and loss is one of the painful experiences that is feared the moment you fall in love with their endearing eyes and soft fur. Being prepared, however, can help ensure the last moments together are the best they can be.

Honoring your furry friend with a personal ceremony can make the loss a little easier on children and family. Dying to Bloom, a natural burial boutique for humans and pets in Nyack founded by Kerry Potter offers a unique range of earth-friendly products and services for these times such as handwoven wool felt shrouds and farewell kits from Sweet Goodbye. “Sweet Goodbye farewell kits for burial or cremation include a guidebook containing a selection of ceremonial readings and blank goodbye letters that may be included in the burial shroud. Losing a pet may seem unbearable—take time to grieve and memorialize their memory,” suggests Potter.

Additional services through Dying to Bloom include pet shrouding assistance, pick-up for crematory and delivery of ashes. “An eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation known as water cremation also is available. Water cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, uses just 1/8 of the energy and a quarter of the carbon emissions from cremation,” explains Potter. The boutique also has a unique array of urns artistic ceramic, ash pendent jewelry and more.

Location: 48 Burd St., Ste. 101, Nyack. For more information, contact Kerry Potter at or 535-1567 or visit

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