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Helping cope with grief over man's best friend

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Patrick Pendville, founder of Animatrans, adjusts a cat statue in his shop in Brussels September 30, 2011. A Belgian company called Animatrans has been organizing funerals for pets and other animals since 1995, and recently the company has been providing more personalised services. Owners, who want to keep lasting mementos of their pets, could choose to keep their ashes or erect tombs in a dedicated cemetery for animals. Clients could also have their dead pets stuffed by a taxidermist and even request to create resin masks depicting the faces of their pets.

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Belgian taxidermist Cathy Vertongen works on a dead cat in her workshop in Sint Levens Houtem on Oct. 7.

Belgian company Animatrans has been helping pet lovers cope with their grief over the past 15 years. Their services include organizing pet funerals, cremations, taxidermy, and creating resin masks of a pet's face.

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A resin mask depicts the face of a dead pet dog in a shop in Brussels, Belgium Sept. 30.

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Aurelia Dekers, 86, mourns her 13-year-old cat Titine before her cremation at a crematorium in Boom Sept. 30.

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Aurelia Dekers, 86, visits a cemetery for animals after attending the cremation of her 13-year-old cat Titine in Boom, Belgium in Sept. 30.