Companah is a small business founded in Central North Carolina, owned and operated by Hal and Shannon Atkins. Caring for others, living and loving the natural beauty of our state, and having careers in science and technology are the reasons they have built this practice. Hal spent his childhood in the mountains of North Carolina enjoying the natural splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shannon spent her younger years down east on the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Knowing the importance of our natural environment, they are excited to bring a technology that will significantly reduce the environmental impact of traditional animal cremation methods while returning a better overall product to your family.
Hal and Shannon have always enjoyed having dogs and cats as a part of their family – experiencing the joy of their companionship and knowing full well the pain of their loss. They recognize that the first experiences of grief and loss for young children often occur around the death of a family pet. Shannon and Hal believe very strongly that they can provide resources of healing that may serve them as they grow and mature – all the while showing that science can afford us advancements that reduce our impact while returning and even better product.
Feel free to call us any time. We’re available 24 hours a day to answer questions as you pre-plan aftercare for your pet or to arrange a time to pick up your companion at your home or veterinary clinic of your choosing.
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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” – Anatole France
Pets are beloved members of our family, providing years of companionship and joy. As they pass on, they deserve the same love in death as they had in life. The pets that are in our care are treated with dignity as we handle their disposition.
The grace, care, and respect given in the funeral industry is replicated in how we care for the pets in our care.
Companah offers an innovative concept for animal disposition. Water cremation is a gentle, environmentally responsible alternative to fire-based cremation. This process accelerates the natural decomposition process using 95% less energy without the harmful emissions of fire-based cremation. There are zero emissions of greenhouse gasses, very low energy consumption, and 1/20th the carbon footprint of flame-based cremation.
With Companah, honor and respect begins the moment we receive your loved one. All pets in our care are treated with dignity as we handle their disposition. We carefully employ pet stretchers and blankets as we transport your pet and any special items you’d like to accompany them. Our system assigns a unique identifier that follows your pet from start to finish and is checked and re-checked, beginning when we receive your pet and ending upon return to you. This careful process provides assurance that your pet’s remains are returned to you at the end of the process.