When it’s time to say good-bye to our beloved pets, cremation is becoming a popular choice for pet owners. Pet cremation is a respectful and dignified choice. While some families choose cremation for their pet as an alternative to burial only, many others create unique memorials or services to honor their pet. We’ve compiled a list of things you may wish to consider.
Who offers pet cremation?
In addition to independent pet cremation services, a growing number of funeral homes have begun offering pet cremation. Use the search box on the right to find a pet cremation provider in your area.
Do they offer private cremation?
As a way to save costs, some firms offer communal cremation. This means that more than one pet is cremated at the same time. Your pet’s cremated remains cannot be returned to you because there is no way to separate the ashes. If having your pet’s cremated remains returned to you is important, or if you are just uncomfortable with communal cremation, specify that you want private cremation.
What is the cost?
The size of your pet and the choice of communal or private cremation are the two largest factors in determining the price for a pet cremation. Most prices do not include removal fees. Prices also vary by area but a general idea is between $75-150 as a starting point.
Is your crematory on site?
Some funeral homes that offer cremation do not own or operate their own crematory, rather they rely on a third party to perform cremations. This is not an indication of poor service and should not be seen as a negative. Some families find comfort in knowing that their loved one, or loved pet, is cremated on-site as opposed to using a third party.
Is there a private family room where you can say a final good-bye?
After your pet is at the facility where the cremation will take place, is there a private place for your family to spend some time and say a final good-bye?
Do they offer removal services?
Most pet cremation services will offer a removal service and usually there is an additional fee. If your pet dies at the veterinarian clinic, there may not be a charge as veterinarian clinics often have relationships with pet cremation services.
What happens after the cremation service?
After the pet cremation service, your pet’s remains are returned to you generally in a temporary container. Although some firms add a nice touch like a final paw print, a personalized message or some other kind of remembrance item. Most firms offer pet urns, pet memorialization items like plaques or garden stones that are used to honor your pet and help in the healing process.