Are more pets cremated or buried today?
For several reasons, the majority of pets are cremated today. First, in many urban communities, ordinances or space prohibit owners from burying their pets in the backyard. Now, cremation is an affordable and simple option that did not exist in the past. Finally, with our society becoming more mobile, choosing cremation gives you the ability to take your pet’s cremated remains with you if you move to another home. This trend of cremation becoming the preferred method of disposition also is common to the human funeral business, where it is predicted that more than 50% of all human deaths will involve cremation as soon as 2025. Thus, you are making the right choice by selecting a funeral home that specializes in pet cremations.
What is cremation?
Cremation is the process using the application of intense heat. Following a sufficient period of cool down, the ashes are retrieved from the cremation equipment and then processed into a fine, consistent granular quality. The fine granular matter is placed in the urn and returned to you for final memorialization in your home or at a pet cremation garden like Companion Meadow.
Can my veterinarian help me with cremation for my pet?
Yes. People typically chose veterinarians for their heroic life prolonging or sustaining capabilities. Many veterinarians have some knowledge of the cremation process.
Do I have to purchase a casket for my pet’s cremation?
No. Often family members will wrap their pet in a favorite blanket or some other personal article of meaning to the pet or family members.
Are all pet crematories alike?
No. Most states do not regulate pet crematories. Thus, the quality of facilities, services, and staff can vary widely. What most pet owners don’t realize is that the majority of pet cremation providers are not even located in their community. We operate our own local crematory.
Is there only one type of pet cremation?
Unlike the human cremation industry, there is very little or no regulations when it comes to pet cremations. Thus, different providers might be using the same terminology but for different types of cremation services. Basically, there are two types of pet cremations.
Since there is very little regulation in the pet cremation industry, what should I be doing to make sure that my pet is being treated with respect and dignity?
We advise that you ask your veterinarian, or the cremation provider directly if possible, three very important questions:
Do most pet owners choose a “private” or “communal” cremation?
oday, research indicates about 70% of all pet families choosing cremation want their pet’s cremated remains back.
Is an urn required and where do I get one?
Many pet cremation providers return the pet’s cremated remains in a temporary container, often a tin can or cardboard box. However, as a funeral profession, we understand the dignity your pet’s cremated remains deserve. Accordingly, we use a very simple, yet dignified urn in all of our cremation offerings. Additionally, many families choose to upgrade to an urn that speaks of their pet’s life. We offer an assortment of memorial urns, jewelry, garden stones, and other products. Contact us about the personalize options available to you or visit our Pet Urns page to see a few of the options.