Murwillumbah resident Wendy Laxton with her dog Molly held a mass pet funeral service at Murwillumbah yesterday to honour pets that had passed away.
Murwillumbah resident Wendy Laxton with her dog Molly held a mass pet funeral service at Murwillumbah yesterday to honour pets that had passed away. John Gass

Sombre farewell for pets

HOW do you say goodbye to your best friend?

Murwillumbah resident Wendy Laxton held a mass pet funeral service yesterday to help grieving pet owners give their pets the send off they deserve.

A handful of people attended the ceremony held at Knox Park in Murwillumbah to honour their beloved pets.

“When my dog Chuffy died at 17 years of age, I grieved heavily,” Ms Laxton said.

“I told Chuffy I would start this unique service in his honour.

“And I decided to have it at Knox Park because Chuffy once scaled the fence and decided to go swimming in the park's pond.

“It took rangers a quarter of an hour to catch him, but every time I look at the pond I think of him.”

The mass funeral service was held for those who didn't have the funds to hold a private service.

“It was to bring those together who wanted to be helped through the grieving process and to honour their pets,” Ms Laxton said.

She said the grieving process was not something you could force.

“You can't rush the grieving process,” she said.

“It's unlike humans where you have to have a funeral.

“You can have a funeral service once the person who has lot their pet is ready.”

Murwillumbah resident Yvonne Michael attended the service yesterday and said it wasn't easy to move on after losing a pet.

“You never get over it,” she said.

“They are such a big part of your life.

“I had two rottweilers who passed away years ago, but I am still grieving the loss.”



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