One of the last things you want to think about when you have a pet is their passing. Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to decide how to deal with the pet’s remains. Here are some different options for dealing with the remains and choosing a funeral option.
Bury the Pet at Home
The first thing you can do is bury your pet at home. This is an ideal choice if you own your home and plan to have that home in your family for a long period of time. The main disadvantage is that if you ever move and sell your home, you will no longer be close to your pet. However, when you want your home to remain in the family, it can be a great option. You can find a quiet, peaceful spot in your backyard to bury the pet. Make sure it is placed inside a small box or casket first so bugs don’t find the remains. Choosing an area like underneath the pet’s favorite tree or near the garden where you can have a nice grave marker is a good idea for a home burial.
Use a Local Pet Cemetery
Some areas have cemeteries for the sole purpose of burying people’s pets, which is another option. If you rent your home or don’t want to risk selling your home in the future, this may be a good option. It makes it easy for your family to visit the pet’s grave site at any time in the future. Some traditional cemeteries have areas of the cemetery for pets, so you might want to contact a local funeral home and see if they know of any in your area. These grave sites are often similar to those for humans, with a real casket and burial service as well.
Have the Pet Cremated
If you don’t want to bury the pet, or you want to use the remains for memorial purposes, you can have the pet cremated. The easiest way is to bring the pet to your veterinarian and have them take care of the cremation. They will either dispose of the remains on their own or give you the remains if you want to keep them in an urn. You can also take the remains and create memorial items to cherish your pet, such as putting some of the ashes in lockets with the pet’s name engraved on them. This is a good option for children who are having a hard time dealing with the loss of their childhood pet. To learn more about cremation, turn to resources like American Cremation Society.