Experiencing the loss of a pet can be a difficult time. No matter what the circumstances of their passing are, everyone grieves over the loss of their beloved fur friend. Knowing what to do with your pet’s body after their passing can provide some peace and comfort.
Keeping your pet’s memory alive is important and can help the grieving process. Many people choose between cremating their pets or burying them. Below is everything you need to know to choose the right option for your pet.
Every pet is special in the life of their owner, which is why it is only right to celebrate the life of your pet. However, the celebration of your pet’s life does not stop with the way you choose to put them to rest.
Pet owners can continue to celebrate their pets in special ways for years to come. One of those ways is by having an anniversary date of their passing or celebrating their birthday every year. On those dates, pet owners can review pictures or video memories of their animals as a way to remember them.
Other options for celebrating the life of your pet can include:
- Creating a memory book or photo book
- Getting a tattoo
- Keeping a box of their favorite toys, collar, and other items
- Donate to a local pet shelter in your pet’s name
- Visiting your pet’s favorite place and have a few moments of silence
Losing a pet is a very heartbreaking time. Having ideas in place to celebrate their life can make the process easier.
Deciding how you and your family will put your pet to rest is a personal choice. While pet cremation and burial are the most popular choices, you can make the decision based on how you want to honor the life of your pet.
What Is Pet Cremation?
When it comes to putting a pet to rest, many pet owners decide cremation may be the best answer. Pet cremation allows owners to find personalized pet urns to hold their pet’s ashes and sit beautifully in their house. Another option for the owners is to have a diamond from ashes so they can turn it into a necklace to feel close to their pet at all times. Many pet owners are choosing this option to lay their pet to rest to help them feel connected to their animal after their fur friend’s passing.
Pet cremation is an affordable option, and there are several options for going about this process.
Pet cremation is typically a cheaper option for pet owners. On average, pet owners with bigger dogs can expect to pay around $250 for the cremation of their pets. The bigger your animal is, the more you will have to pay for cremation, but overall, it is still much cheaper than burying your pet.
If your pet passed away at the veterinary clinic, your trusted veterinarian might offer to take care of the remains and deliver the ashes to you once the process is complete. If your pet passed away in your home, you can contact a pet cremation service directly and inquire about their process.
Personalized pet urns can be a great way to keep the memory of your pet alive in your home. You can find pet urns that reflect your pet’s personality in terms of color and design of the urn, and you can also find an elegant piece that compliments and blends in with your home decor nicely.
Some pet urns have an option for you to include a picture of your pet on the front of the box and engrave their name or leave a sweet message.
The cremation of your animal is also an ecological option, so if you were very active outside with your animal, this could be a great way to honor them. Some pet owners who cremate their pets use the personalized pet urn to host the ashes until they wish to scatter the remains at their pet’s favorite spot, whether that is the backyard, the beach, or a favorite hiking trail.
Pet burial is another common option for laying your pet to rest, but it may require you to check with local guidelines before you do it.
Some pet owners feel more comfortable burying their pet in their backyard or somewhere on their property and keep the burial site as a place to visit frequently. However, if you live in a neighborhood or within the city limits, there may be restrictions that do not allow for this to take place since some areas of your home may have certain pipes underground.
If you decide to bury your pet, you have a few options of locations to choose from. Your area may have a pet cemetery you can contact to find a spot for your pet, or you can bury it on your own property.
Burying your pet does come with expenses you want to consider if you are burying them outside of the home. There is a casket to choose, which can be more expensive depending on the size of your animal, and the plot of land to purchase. However, if you are burying at your home, there is usually no expense required.
How you decide to put your pet to rest is a decision that is entirely up to you and your family and should be done as to how you see fit. Choosing between a pet urn or burying your animal can depend on how you would like to honor your pet after their passing.
Either way you decide, both are wonderful options for honoring your pet’s life and having a beautiful memorial to visit and cherish over time.