History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Loyal Companions is a family-owned Conway pet crematory whose mission is to do everything possible to provide a memorable farewell to your beloved family pet. Our family has been providing quality, dignified, and compassionate pet funeral services to the families of Conway, Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand, and Horry County since 1905 at Goldfinch Funeral Home. In 2013, we began offering the same services to families who have lost a beloved pet. We are a member of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance; the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association; and the Cremation Association of North America.

When death occurs in your pet family, there are many decisions to make. One of the most important is which Conway pet crematory to choose for your pet's final care. We understand the importance of this decision and strive to assist you every step of the way. When you lose your treasured companion, you lose a piece of yourself and we understand that feeling. Providing you with the very best care and pet memorial service in Conway is our way of offering you our condolences, comfort, and peaceful wishes.Type or paste your funeral home history here.

Our Valued Staff

  • Meghan Goldfinch Hayden

    Meghan Goldfinch Hayden Owner

    Meghan is the manager and chief innovator for Loyal Companions, working daily with families who have lost beloved pets. She wears many hats within the family business, working as Manager of Hillcrest Cemetery, Director of Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, and Family Care, and as an Apprentice Funeral Director at Goldfinch Funeral Home.Meghan holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in journalism from Coastal Carolina University and two master's degrees, one from University of South Carolina in integrated mass communication and one from Boston University in health communication."I love working with the community and helping people during their time of need, whether it be with their human family or pet family. When a person is experiencing loss and grief, I want to be there for them and aid them in their journey towards healing," Meghan says. "I thought it was time for pet families to have a premier place to go for pet cremation and memorial services."Meghan has one dog, a Goldendoodle named Murphy. She also has a Canadian Warmblood gelding named Max. Murphy is training to become a grief therapy dog and Max is being schooled in the disciplines of hunter jumping and dressage. Meghan spends free time with her family, flounder fishing, and riding Max.

  • Stephanie Smith

    Stephanie Smith Administrator

    A native of Conway, Stephanie has been with Loyal Companions since 2013. Prior to working at Hillcrest, she worked in finance for 28 years. She currently resides in Conway with her husband Merlin, a mother of two Lonnie Smith and Bethany Cox. She has four grandchildren she loves spending time with and also enjoys traveling and camping.