What is the difference between private and communal (community) cremation?

The commonly accepted definition of private cremation states that the body of only one pet is placed into the cremation chamber and cremated, with the ashes then returned to the owner. In a communal (community) cremation, the bodies of several pets may be cremated together at the same time, and the ashes of all the pets are mingled in the process. No ashes are returned to the owner following a communal cremation.

However, in the pet cremation industry, there are no absolutely standardized definitions of these terms, so it is important to be sure you understand what the pet cremation provider means when they use these definitions.