Monday, 29 January 2018

What Pet Cremation Entails

The loss of a loved one can be such a draining experience for the bereaved. It doesn’t matter that the departed was a quadruped; if they have been in your life long enough, the bond is as strong as the one you share with your family or friends. Pets are a vital part of our lives. They keep us company when we are alone and the loyalty to their owners is incomparable. It, therefore, makes sense that when they pass on, owners try their best to give them a deserving send off. One way that has been embraced by pet lovers is pet cremation.

Pet Cremation Options
For a non-pet owner, planning a cremation for a dying pet might seem like a ridiculous idea; but for the owner, knowing that the choice of cremation is the first step in giving your lost friend a proper final farewell. There are various alternatives for pet cremation and knowing the different terms used in these options is the most crucial aspect of choosing a preferred method. Pet cremation typically falls under three categories:

Communal/Mass Cremation
Just as the name suggests, a mass cremation entails cremating many animals at one go and in one cremation process. The cremation equipment can be large enough to hold hundreds to thousands of pounds in weight. The animals in a mass cremation can come from different animal shelters and clinics. Once the cremation process has ended, the ashes are gathered together by the crematory company which goes ahead to dispose of them in a personal landfill. This is the cheapest choice
for pet owners, and it is recommended if retaining the ashes is something you weren’t keen on.

Individual Cremation
This cremation process implies that the ashes returned to the owner of the pet are intended to be those belonging to his or her pet. Usually, in an individual cremation, the animal is marked with a metal tag and cremated separately in their individual cremation tray inside the cremator. Depending on the capacity of the cremator, there can be many animals in a session, but each animal is tagged and identified separately. Once the cremation is complete, the ashes are sorted and bagged separately then sent out to the individual pet owners or pet care providers. The misconception among pet owners is that each pet had its own cremation session and so the ashes they receive are 100% that of their pets.
However, this is not the case, most probably the ashes are mixed up with other pets ashes.

Private and Witnessed Private Cremation
A private session offers the option of the pet to be cremated completely alone inside the cremator and guarantees that the resultant ashes belong to that particular pet. A tag is used to give extra assurance that after the cremation, the ashes are identified using the metal tag to be entirely those of the particular pet. Some cremation facilities nowadays even allow a witnessed private cremation.

Pet Cremation Urns
Storing the ashes of your beloved pet in an urn is a nice way of ensuring that his remains are handled respectfully and that his/her spirit remains around those closest to him even in death. There is a variety of urns available ranging in size, color, and shape. These include wood urns, which are the most conventional. Some urns are made specifically for dogs whereas some are designed for cat
ashes. You can also find some made of glass, stone, ceramic, metal, and even angel urns, etc. Depending on how you close you were to your departed furry friend, you have the option to personalize an urn with a special message to honor the life of your pet.

Cremation urns are a way of honoring the memories of the departed pet. They enable pet owners to display the memories of their dead pet in the family home with pride. These urns can come in simple or fancy décor. Some even have the names of the respective pets engraved on the surface.

Pet Cremation CostsCremation costs vary depending on the size of the pet. Other aspects that may increase or reduce your expenditure for the cremation procedure include the type of urn chosen and the method of cremation etc.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Pet Cremation

Pet Size
It is clear that the larger the size of the pet, the more you will be required to part with as charges.

Cremation Procedure
The procedure that a pet owner selects for his departed friend to be cremated using will have a different price tag from the other two alternatives. As mentioned earlier, the communal cremation is the cheapest method since it does not require much. The most expensive, however, is the private cremation session. The service is almost specialized, and so the charges are higher.

Type of Urn
The chosen urn will either be high or low in price depending on the design, size and material it was made from. Ceramic urns will naturally cost more compared to wood earns. This is because they require a lot of man hours to complete and the material is also more precious.

Why Pet Cremation Keeps on Rising

More people are opting to cremate their dead pets as opposed to burying them like it used to be a while earlier. This paradigm shift can be credited to some factors. One reason is that families develop such a strong bond with their pets such that they can’t stand not having them around when they die. As a consolation, they opt for cremation where they can store the remains in an urn and put it in the
living room.

In some cases, people have just come to embrace the culture of scattering ashes. This they do symbolically as a way to give the departed pet that sense of freedom they couldn’t find on earth.


If you have a dying pet, it doesn’t have to be a gloomy period for you. Instead of mourning, you can decide to celebrate your four-legged friends last days by preparing a worthy send-off by getting familiar with the above information regarding pet cremation.