Beloved Pets

Beloved Pets

They are faithful companions. They are members or our family. They are our pets. At Rafferty Funeral Home we know how difficult it can be to lose a cherished pet. We bring the same caring and professional service to the honoring of your pet as we do with our other funeral families. As you remember the lifetime of love of devotion, our family is honored to assist your family in celebrating your pet’s life.

We believe that our pets are an important part of our lives and want to help you honor that life. From basic funeral services, to cemetery gardens, to individual cremations, flowers, monuments, and more, we offer a complete range of funeral services to meet your needs. Please visit our website at Black Hawk Pet Crematory or email us at blackhawkcrematory1@gmail.com or call us at (309) 283-7747 for more information.

Decisions Regarding Your Pet

In addition to the grief, the death of a pet brings with it a difficult decision - how to handle your pet's remains. Before making any decisions, consider your thoughts and feelings about death and how to honor the memory of your beloved pet. Whether you choose burial or cremation, it is important to remember that this is not only the final act of love but also an important means of closure. And no matter what option you select, it is important that your pet's remains are treated with dignity and care.

Home Burial

While burying your pet at home keeps it close and gives you the opportunity to create a permanent memorial such as a grave marker or tree planted over the pet's grave, it may not be appropriate because you live in an apartment, or it is prohibited by law. Also, you should consider what would happen if you moved.

Professional Burial

More and more pet cemeteries are being established and while more costly, this options ensures that your pet's remains will remain undisturbed, and cared for, in perpetuity. Knowing that a professional is taking care of your pet’s final arrangements can help alleviate some of the stress and worry at this difficult time.

Professional Cremation

If you would like to keep your pet's remains but don't have a place to bury the body, cremation may a better alternative. You can keep your pet at home without the concern of a home burial or scatter your pet's ashes rather than preserve them.


Whether you choose burial or cremation, you must also decide how you want to honor your pet’s life. Whether it is an informal gathering or an elaborate service, it is important to conduct some type of ceremony to provide you with closure.

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Phone: (309) 797-1900
2111 First Street A, Moline, IL 61265

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