There are good reasons why humans, and even some animals, hold funeral or memorial services when deaths occur. It's respectful to gather with other people who knew a recently deceased person and acknowledge what he or she meant to us. Our pets deserve the same respect. Take the time to gather as many family and friends as you wish to eulogize your pet together. The ritual can be as understated or as elaborate as you like. There are even funeral homes that specialize in pet "aftercare."