When a pet dies, the grief is just as real as it would be with the loss of any other loved one and, while the steps we go through in our grief may be similar for both, some parts of the burial and cremation process are different to that of having a human cremated. Fortunately, pet cremation services are evolving every year and you have a wide variety of options to consider when you are researching what to do with your beloved family friend after their death.
Decide if you would like your pet to be picked up. When you lose a pet, whether it’s sudden or as the result of old age, one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make is whether you would like to handle the body and transport it to the pet funeral home or crematory, or you would like to take advantage of their pet cremation services by allowing them to come pick up your pet’s body. It can be an emotional decision and most homes and crematories charge a pick up fee if you elect to have them handle the remains.
Make the choice to have a memorial service or not. Your pet was a part of the family, so there is no reason to feel guilty about wanting a memorial service for them. It can be small or large; that is up to you. There are no rules when it comes to memorial services, but they do cost extra since they are out of the normal pet cremation services spectrum.
Choose between individual and communal cremation. This can be a huge money saver in terms of pet cremation services. Pet funeral homes and crematories typically charge for cremation on a sliding scale based on the size and weight of your pet, meaning you can pay upwards of $400 if you own a giant breed dog. To reduce the cost of your pet’s cremation, opt for communal cremation. This is a process in which several pets are cremated at the same time and the ashes are a mixture of several pets. It’s an option that is not for everyone, so don’t feel pressured to go either way.
Let the funeral home know if you want to watch the cremation. Another extra cost that you may choose to add to your pet cremation services is to view the cremation itself. Many pet funeral homes and crematories are amenable to owners watching their pet being cremated, but they do charge extra for this option.
Purchase an urn that suits your beloved pet. After your pet’s cremation, you will be given either a bag or a cardboard box with your pet’s ashes. You can opt to purchase a pet urn from the funeral home or crematory, or you can look online for an urn that you think is perfect for your pet’s cremains.
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