Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy. After all, pets for most people are no longer just pets. Many are considered as a part of the family. This is why when they pass away for whatever reason, the grief and mourning is just like that with the loss of a human. But aside from the sadness, most pet owners are also burdened with the crucial decision: do they bury their pet, or go for a more modern option of pet cremation?
Although most communities these days have pet cemeteries, burial in a pet cemetery tends to be a very pricey option. A lot of pet owners still choose to have their pet buried in the backyard but health departments in most communities are currently implementing strict pet burial zoning restrictions. It is also well known that modern families are getting more mobile, and they want to be able to take the remains of their pet with them every time they relocate, while some feel more assured and comfortable when they can see a tangible and visible memorial of their beloved pet.
These are the reasons why pet owners now choose pet cremation, with 70% of them opting to receive the ashes of their pet after the cremation process. Just a decade ago, only 25% went for the option of receiving the ashes after the cremation.
Categories of Pet Cremation
Identifying pet cremation as a good option is not yet the final step in this crucial decision. Most pet owners don’t realize that pet cremation itself comes with several options, and being familiar with them as well as the various terms associated for them is a vital aspect of the whole process.
Pet cremation is primarily broken down into three categories, namely individual cremation, private cremation, and mass cremation.
- Individual Cremation
Individual cremation has become the cause of confusion for most pet owners as many of them are often left uninformed by service providers. When you speak of individual cremation, it means that the pet’s ashes will be given back to the owner. In general, in this form of cremation, the deceased animal is being tagged with the metal tag and put in their designated metal tray inside the cremator.
Depending on the volume of a specific crematory, there could be several animals in a single session but the animals are separated and identified. Once the session is finished, the ashes in every individual tray will be processed, bagged, then prepared to be shipped back to the pet owner or pet care provider, which depends on the specific circumstance during its arrival at the crematory. Most pet owners assume that individual cremation simply means that their beloved pet will be cremated in just one session all alone and will be returned to them as an assurance that the ashes are that of their pet alone. The best way to be completely sure that this is the case is by going for the next option, which is private cremation.
- Private Cremation
Private cremation offers the option for pets to be cremated alone within the cremator or cremation chamber ensuring that there aren’t any ashes mixed in with singular pet ashes. Oftentimes, there’ll be a tag with some identifying numbers that are placed on the pet and would go through the process of crematory with him and returned with the characteristics of crematory process on the tag as extra assurance. A lot of items the crematorium facilities will enable a special toy or blanket to accompany the pet and several crematoriums have waiting room facilities, which enable witnessed private cremation.
- Communal or Mass Cremation
As its name implies, it’s the cremation of several animals at one time within a cremation session. The pet cremators can be big with a capacity of some thousands of pounds of weight. The included animals in a mass cremation might come from different clinics and animal shelters and once the cremation session is done, the ashes are taken away and gathered to be disposed of by a crematory company in their landfill. This option must be the least expensive choice for pet owners and a decent and sanitary way to dispose pet once retaining ashes isn’t desired.
Most of the pet funeral homes also offer great viewing areas and set up to conduct a private memorial service. The private cremations are more popular as a pet funeral home is starting to pop up across the landscape. More often than not, pet funeral homes may arrange for pick of pet at private home or vet facility. While every pet funeral home would make arrangements with an individual pet owner, 65% of the private cremations are actually veterinary affiliates so it’s essential to discuss with your vet what a crematory company he is working with and does he has a pet funeral home to recommend if what you need is an absolute assurance that private cremation would take place.
The costs of pet cremation differ greatly and highly dependent upon the different kinds of cremation services for pets and whether the arrangements were scheduled through intermediate source like a pet care provider. Generally, communal or mass cremation costs from $75 to $125. The individual cremation costs a hundred to two hundred dollars and the witnessed private cremation may cost up to $500 or even more as it depends on whether the family wants private pick up, memorial service or private viewing. Some pet funeral homes are providing prepayment and preplanning options to pet community like what are being offered in human funeral business.
While it’s a hard subject to contemplate for all pet owners, it’s ideal to prepare with as much understanding or knowledge as possible before the need for pet cremation comes. Take some time to determine your options for crematory with your pet care service provider or through the nearest pet funeral home around you. See to it that everything is clear on what they are offering and have them describe the process in detail and ensure that such services meet all of your expectations.