Martin Hopp - Owner
Bev and Martin Hopp were both human funeral directors before starting Pets in Peace in 1999. Together they have utilised their human funeral experience to build two fully licensed and professionally designed pet crematoriums. In order to provide you with a high level of individual service they use the same procedures as human crematoriums. Martin's approach to assisting people to deal the loss of a special pet is revealed in the story recounted below.
I remember vividly sitting in the living room at the house talking with Brian who had just lost his mate of 14 years Jay. Jay was a big strong German Shepherd who had been part of Brian's family since he was a pup. Not just the family pet but also a much-loved member of the family.
Brian shed a tear as he reminisced about all of the memories and times that Jay had shared with his family. Having work in the funeral industry for many years and through my own life experiences I believed I shared Brian's feelings and thought I understood his pain and grief.
Then Brian said something to me that I will always remember. He said, " this is harder than when my mother died. " as I sat with Brian my mind racing with responses from my years of being a Funeral Director, he continued, " I never had to make the decision to put my mother down ".
Our pets are part of our family, they are our companions as we travel the ups and downs of life, and we should always honor them in the manner that we want to.
I know that death is not a subject that we want to talk about, but I started thinking that there is no real information that can help families prepare for this heart-wrenching situation. We hope that you will never have to face the loss of your special family pet. If you do find yourself in this sad situation we hope that the information we have provided on our web site will assists you in your time of need.
Martin Hopp - Owner
Pets in Peace Pty Ltd