Whole-Family Cemetery Directory – USA

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Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, Attachment.  1829. Oil on canvas. 39 7/8 x 32 7/8 in. Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Table of Contents

All U.S. cemeteries listed below allow for the interment of human and pet remains.
(Click HERE for our list of International Providers.)

I.   Conservation Whole-Family Cemeteries
II.  Non-Green Whole-Family Cemeteries

III. Cemeteries with Separate / Adjacent Pet Sections (Green and Non-Green)
IV. Other Arrangements


I.  Conservation Whole-Family Cemeteries
Counter: 6 states | 9 cemeteries

These green cemeteries are wildlife preserves which allow an animal’s remains to be buried in a family’s cemetery plot (as tiered or adjacent graves).



  • *Cedar Brook Burial Ground, Limington, ME (The cemetery operates as a tree farm. A tree is planted on each grave, to be harvested in 30-40 years.)

New Jersey


South Carolina


* Certified by the Green Burial Council.


II.  Non-Green Whole-Family Cemeteries
Counter: 6 states | 8 cemeteries

These cemeteries allow human and pet remains (full-body and/or cremains) to be interred together, some also have a separate pet section. Contact each cemetery for specific policies. When contacting a pet cemetery – always make sure it is deeded in perpetuity.



  • Rolling Acres Complex in Lincoln, NE. Tom and Pat manage their cemetery, will be flexible to meet requests. Area C allows for green burials which currently accounts for about 5% of requests, with growing interest among those under 40.

New Mexico

  • Best Friends Forever at Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, NM. They provide full-body burials of pets’ remains as well as cremains. In this pet cemetery, only human cremains may be buried. For those seeking a ‘green burial’, a biodegradable casket is laid directly upon the earth – but all caskets are covered with a domed polyurethane vault (as of 12/20/15).

New York

Human Cemeteries: New York allows pet cremains to be buried in human cemeteries.

  • Vale Cemetery, Schenectady, NY. They also have a small green burial section, but can only bury pet cremains. (added 10/16/17) – news article.

Pet Cemeteries: New York allows human cremains to be buried with the remains of a pet in pet cemeteries. Contact cemeteries for their policies and check to see if the pet cemetery is deeded in perpetuity.

  • Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY. America’s oldest pet cemetery. They are deeded in perpetuity, allow human cremains to be buried in a pet’s grave, and will allow you to use a green casket. (added 7/4/15)
  • Rush Inter Pet Cemetery, Rush, New York. They are not deeded in perpetuity, yet allow human cremains to be buried in a pet’s grave. All caskets offered are made from styrene. (added 7/4/15)


  • People and Pet Gardens at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, PA. They inter pets and humans, but they don’t provide green burial options at this time.



III.  Cemeteries with Separate / Adjacent Pet Sections (Green and Non-Green)

not a complete list





  • Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA. – Interment of pet cremains only. (added 12/24/15).


  • Pet Haven at Highview Memorial Gardens, Fallston, MD. – this is not a green cemetery. (added 6/23/15)
  •  Petland at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick MD. Resthaven also has a whole-family burial section, Garden of Faithful Friends. (added 6/7/17)


New Mexico



  • Rainbow Bridge Garden at Eloise Woods Community Natural Burial Park, Cedars Creek, TX (they are also a green whole-family cemetery, see above)

IV.  Other Arrangements

*Eternal Reefs – “An Eternal Reef is a designed reef of 100% natural cast concrete that can include the cremated remains of a loved one and/or pets. Eternal Reefs create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life…Including pets with their two legged family members is the single most frequent request that we get…It is rare that we have a placement that does not include a pet with their family member.”

* Certified by the Green Burial Council.

updated October 16, 2017


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  1. Pingback: Virginia General Assembly to Consider Bill allowing Pets to be Buried beside Humans | Green Pet-Burial Society

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