Mourning Your Pet: Owners Provide Japanese Buddhist Funeral For Their Cat [Photos]

For many animal owners, losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. Sometimes, the mourning of your pet can be similar to mourning the death a friend or loved one in that the realization that they’re really gone is hard to handle and the grieving process can be similar.

Well for Imgur user meowmeowstar, the mourning process for his family’s beloved cat involved a proper Japanese Buddhist Funeral, seemingly down to the last detail.

Detailing the entire ceremony with photographs, the process can be seen below along with the owners captions.

Be warned, there are images containing the cat before and after the cremation process so if this is too much for you, please move on.

Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Funeral home for pets.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Public funeral service parlor is held on the ground floor.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Ours was carried out privately inside this cremation room.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Altar in front of the cremation chamber.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
After long chanting and prayers by the monk, we were asked to light the incense.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
The monk placed our cat on the cremation bed and recited a lot more prayers.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
During the cremation we waited in a room full of communal shrines for pets.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Part of the shrines.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
When we returned to the cremation room, we had a choice of the case for the urn.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Our cat's bones.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
The monk picked out the main ones on the tray to show us.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Skull, toes, and tail bones.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
We transferred the rest of the bones on the cremation bed into the urn using chopsticks.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
While we were hard at work, the monk painstakingly rearranged the tail bones into a tail!
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
He picked up the really small bits of bone fragments left by us with great care.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Then he used a pair of thick chopsticks to squish the bones.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
To make room for the skull and the rest of the bones carefully in their anatomically correct order.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
When he finished, we were asked to put the tail bones in the urn by hand.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Then he swept the fine powdery bits into the urn with chopsticks and a brush.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
He sealed the urn with tapes and tied the cover and placed it in a carry bag for us to take home.
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
Cat receives full Japanese Buddhist Funeral
We miss you.

[Images via Imgur user meowmeowstar]