Most pet owners will/or have dealt with the death of a beloved pet. From the smallest hamster to the largest dog, a decision must made about the body. Will he be buried or cremated? If buried, will he be buried at home or a Pet Cemetery? If cremated, will it be communally with other pets or individually, also known as private cremation.
For many people, choosing cremation or burial comes down to a few simple questions…do you have an area suited for a burial spot, are you physically able to dig deep enough to bury the pet, will you want him to “go” with you if you move, and can you afford the price of cremation?
Cremation has become more popular in the last few years but is not always the most obvious choice for all pet owners. Some pet owners may not feel comfortable with the process. In fact, cremation is still a tough concept for many pet owners. So to better prepare yourself for when that time comes, ask your veterinarian now about the different services they offer. Develop your plan now to help you during that time of grief and despair.
Don’t wait until you are emotionally drained to ask these important questions:
- Do you offer cremation services for my pet?
- If not, do you know where I can have that done?
- Is there a local Pet Cemetery and Crematory?
- Will my pet be cremated individually or communally?
- How will I be sure this is my pet's ashes?
- Can I attend the cremation?
- What will my pet’s ashes be returned in?
- What are your hours of service?
- Will you pick up my pet at my home?
- Can we pre-plan?
- Do you offer home burial services?
- Do you offer caskets for home burial?
- Do you sell monuments?
- Do you have a cemetery? If so, will it always be a cemetery. Can we visit the gravesite?