If you've never had a pet cremated before, you should know ahead of time that you will often have four options. Make sure you understand these options before you drop off your deceased friend. That way, you'll make an informed decision based on more than numb shock.
Private Pet Cremation Services
When you choose private cremation, your pet is placed in a cremation chamber by himself or herself. The cremains are then transferred from the chamber to an urn so you can keep a memento of your furry friend .
Communal Pet Cremation
Communal cremation, also known as mass cremation, doesn't separate your pet from other animals in the cremation chamber. This is often an easier, less-expensive option, but your pet's cremains will get mixed with those of others.
If you get cremains back, know that it likely has the ashes of other animals mixed in with yours. The remains are usually disposed of like any other commercial material.
If you're uncomfortable with communal cremation, but you also can't afford the higher cost of private cremation, consider the advantages of individual cremation. This process places your beloved pet in the same cremation chamber as other animals, but your pet has is separated from the group.
This lets you get the cremains back so you can keep them as a reminder of how much you loved your pet.
Some crematories allow the pet's owners, friends, and family members to observe the cremation process. The people usually sit in a viewing room during the process. This gives people a final chance to say "good-bye" to an animal they loved.
Any of these cremation options could work well. It's up to you to decide which one gives you the greatest satisfaction and honors the relationship you shared with your pet.
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