Hal Atkins

About Hal Atkins

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.

NC IDEA Grant Winner

We're thrilled to announce that Companah has been chosen to receive a funding grant from NC IDEA,  a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in North Carolina. Micro-grant recipients were chosen from 30 finalists that had been selected from 208 submissions. Applications were accepted from NC-based startups with innovative products or business [...]

By |2018-06-21T17:43:56+00:00June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Discount for Active Duty Military Personnel

As a measure of our support for those who are actively serving in the Armed Forces, Companah is happy to extend a 10% discount on all our services and memorial products. The men and women of the U.S. Military are devoted to giving their all in the line of duty. In recognition of your service, this [...]

By |2018-05-28T22:09:10+00:00May 28th, 2018|Sandhills|0 Comments

Bringing Your Pal Home From the Bus

Not sure where this video originates from - but it doesn't really matter. This kind of greeting is universal no matter what language, school or even country. Watching the video to the end, it's impossible to tell if the kid is happier or his dog! The companionship of a family pet is one [...]

By |2018-09-04T01:24:35+00:00May 18th, 2018|Spotlight on Pets|0 Comments

So That’s How Chocolate Labs Are Made

My daughter makes the absolute best cookies in the world. I know she follows the standard Toll House cookie recipe that's printed on the bag for all the world to see, and I know that the only thing she does differently is to add butterscotch chips. Nonetheless, to me they are the best cookies in [...]

By |2018-09-04T01:33:48+00:00April 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yes, Grieving Over the Loss of a Pet is Legit

Grief happens when we lose something so important to us that it has become a part of us. For sure, everyone understands that losing a friend or a family member results in strong feelings of grief for those who are left behind. But what about when we lose something else? A job? Our ability to [...]

By |2018-09-04T01:31:32+00:00April 16th, 2018|Grief and Loss, Planning Ahead, Spotlight on Pets|0 Comments

Police Dogs All Business (Until They’re Not)

Every time you see a police dog on duty - they are laser focused on the task they have at hand. Tracking, following a target, investigating - whatever job they've been given, that's what they are doing. That is, until they are off duty. Then they turn back in to puppies just like any [...]

By |2018-09-04T01:42:13+00:00April 7th, 2018|Spotlight on Pets|0 Comments

Bullied for how he looks, boy adopts a special cat who shares his differences

It's all too common for schoolkids who don't look the same as the other kids to find themselves as a target for others who bully them or make fun of their appearance. For a child who may have unique features that are immediately noticeable - like a cleft lip and eyes that have different colors [...]

By |2018-04-03T18:10:39+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Spotlight on Pets|0 Comments

German Shepherd Reunites with his Soldier

Soldiers coming home and surprising their families are must-watch videos - but here's a bit of a different one. This video is of a German Shepherd coming outside on a walk, only to see his soldier coming home to him after a deployment. It's a great (short) video of a pet reuniting with his owner. [...]

The Story of Floyd and Cool-B

What happens when one pet passes away? Do animals have their own way of grieving the loss of each other? This article explores the idea of pets and grief by telling the story of a young game developer who wrote his first game, sharing the story of one cat on the journey to find the friend he lost.

By |2018-08-05T23:11:48+00:00March 28th, 2018|Grief and Loss, Spotlight on Pets, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Private Cremation or Communal Cremation

There are basically two approaches to consider when deciding to cremate the remains of your pet: private or communal. Essentially, which approach you and your family choose will depend on whether you do, or do not, want your pet’s ashes back, as well as the cost of cremation. Private Cremation In a private cremation, the [...]

By |2018-03-20T20:48:20+00:00March 20th, 2018|Planning Ahead|0 Comments

Cost of Water Cremation

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