Pet lovers celebrate their animals' birthdays, take them on family vacations and even include them in their wills. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that people would want to spend the afterlife with their furry friends.
However, in most cemeteries, pet remains aren't welcome. But a bill on its way to Virginia's House of Delegates could change that, at least in one state.
Republican lawmaker Israel D. O'Quinn has submitted a bill to Virginia's General Assembly that would allow pets and their owners to be buried together.
Currently, the state's code defines a cemetery as "any land or structure used or intended to be used for the interment of human remains."
Recognizing that some people wouldn't want to be buried alongside an animal, O'Quinn's bill specifies that human-pet burials would be segregated from traditional gravesites.
"Some people have an extreme aversion to animals, and others have a strong affection for them," he told The Washington Post. "There are someRead More »from Together Forever: Law Would Allow Pets, Owners to Be Buried Together