Tails to Remember
Pet Services Inc.

3036 Peoria Road
Springfield, Illinois 62702


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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Noon - 5:00 PM

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Self Serve Pet Wash
Open Daily

Cremation Services
24-hours/day, 7 days/week

If you are needing to make arrangements for cremation services for your pet, please call 217-725-9511 to schedule an appointment so that we can care for you and your pet with dignity and respect. If we are out, please know that we return all messages.



Our Services

Pet Burial

Tails to Remember offers many options for pet burial, including assisting you with burial on your own property if allowable, as well as burial in a pet cemetery, pet caskets, and grave markers.

Cremation Services

Individual/Private Cremation
Your companion animal is cremated by itself and the cremated remains are returned to you in a locally crafted, wood temporary urn or you may choose another urn available from Tails to Remember and receive 10% off your urn selection if selected at the time of arrangements.

This service also includes our unique two part identification system, ink capture of nose print and paw print (if able), a lock of fur, certificate of cremation and aftercare information.

0-20 lbs $195.00
21-60 Lbs $220.00
61-100 lbs $265.00
101-150 lbs $295.00
150+ lbs $295 + $1 per pound

Group Cremation
(Your companions cremated remains are not returned to you)
The cremated remains of your companion, and those cremated with your companion are disposed of in accordance with the policies and procedures of Tails To Remember. This service also includes our unique two part identification system, ink capture of nose print and paw print (if able) and an aftercare letter mailed to you after cremation is complete.

0-20 lbs $130.00
21-60 Lbs $145.00
61-100 lbs $165.00
101-150 lbs $175.00
150+ lbs $175 + $1 per pound

We are available 24 hours a day

We make every effort to respond within a 3 hour time frame.

Removal (From home or Veterinarian 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m Monday-Saturday within 10 miles of Springfield) $60.00
Removal (From home or Veterinarian Monday-Saturday after hours within 10 miles of Springfield) $95.00
Removal (From home or Veterinarian on Sunday or Holiday within 10 miles of Springfield) Max: $150.00
Bring to our Facility (Monday-Saturday 9-5:00, call to schedule appointment) No Charge
Bring to our Facility (Monday-Saturday after hours, call to schedule appointment) $50.00
Bring to our Facility (Sunday or Holidays, call to schedule appointment) $75.00
Outside of 10 miles any time Call for pricing
Clay Paw Print (each) $13.00

Late Appointment fee-If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment, you may be charged a late appointment fee of $30.00, if you are more than 30 minutes late, you will need to reschedule and the late appointment fee will be applied to your invoice.

Cremation is an irreversible process. There is no way to reverse the process once cremation has began.

Payment required at time of arrangements.
We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. We do not accept Care Credit. If payment is made over the phone a $5.00 fee may apply.


On site professional pet grooming from experienced groomers. We also offer well lit, secure, self-service affordable pet washes. Contact Dames and Sires at 217-361-5733 for an appointment!



Boutique offering not only gifts for your pets, but sympathy gifts for pets and humans including: custom handmade sympathy cards, unique gifts including blankets, totes, charms, Gourmet USA made treats, Pet Head shampoos and products, toys, custom urns, custom made collars and charms, plus many other items. We carry Bowser Beer when in season, ice cream & cheese cake, note pads, and picture frames.


Custom Pet Urns

Most of our urns are custom, handmade containers to hold your cherished animal companions cremated remains. We pride ourselves on providing unique offerings, as well as many standard urns. The real question is why would you want something mass produced, like everyone else has, when you can have a handmade custom pet urn at an affordable price.

Contact us for additional information, or order online here.

We are available 24 hours a day
We make every effort to respond within a 2 hour time frame.

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This is a touching video letter from our beloved pets who have crossed over to the other side.

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Loss.  Such a little word, but so much meaning. 

Words cannot define the meaning of loss for everyone, as each person, and animal, grieves in different ways.  Many feel that they should not be upset, or show they are upset, at the death of their companion animal.  “It’s just a cat” is what they are afraid they will hear.  But to a person, or family, their companion animal, be it a dog, cat, fish, hamster, horse, snake, mouse, or whatever, is a part of their family.  Companion animals are a source of comfort and need. 

We hope the following information helps you understand grief, and processes associated with.  There are many great resources available for you to look at, and of course, should you have any questions, please send us an e-mail.

- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D

The late Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D was a psychiatrist and the author of On Death and Dying.  Elisabeth spent most of her life working with the dying and became one of the most-respected authorities on the subject.

She was born in Switzerland, graduated Medical School at the University of Zurich in 1957 and migrated to the United States in 1958. As she worked, she was appalled by the treatment of those dying. She made it a point to sit with terminal patients, listening. Her first book On Death and Dying was written in 1969.

Below are the five stages of grief according to Kubler-Ross.


The Five Stages of Grief According to Kubler-Ross
(Republished under Creative Commons License)

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance

“Our grief is as individual as our lives.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are not definitive.  They are tools to help us. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order.

The stages, popularly known in its abbreviated form DABDA, include:[1]

  1. Denial — "I feel fine."; "This can't be happening, not to me."
    Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This feeling is generally replaced with heightened awareness of possessions and individuals that will be left behind after death.

  2. Anger — "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"
    Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to care for due to misplaced feelings of rage and envy.

  3. Bargaining — "Just let me live to see my children graduate."; "I'll do anything for a few more years."; "I will give my life savings if..." The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay death. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. Psychologically, the individual is saying, "I understand I will die, but if I could just have more time..."

  4. Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to die... What's the point?"; "I miss my loved one, why go on?"
    During the fourth stage, the dying person begins to understand the certainty of death. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving. This process allows the dying person to disconnect from things of love and affection. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer up an individual who is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be processed.

  5. Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."
    In this last stage, the individual begins to come to terms with her/his mortality or that of a loved one.

Kübler-Ross originally applied these stages to people suffering from terminal illness, later to any form of catastrophic personal loss (job, income, freedom). This may also include significant life events such as the death of a loved one.

Kübler-Ross claimed these steps do not necessarily come in the order noted above, nor are all steps experienced by all patients, though she stated a person will always experience at least two. Often, people will experience several stages in a "roller coaster" effect—switching between two or more stages, returning to one or more several times before working through it.[1]

1.   Santrock, J.W. (2007). A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0073382647


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