Final Resting for Your Pet
Dignified Caring Service
Body care options are important to consider in advance. Choice to consider are home burial, burial at a pet cemetery, cremation arranged by owner, or cremation arranged by the veterinarian. Special arrangements are best made in advance.
I’m currently working with Pet Passages in Southbury, CT. They pick up your pet from my home and return the ashes to my home within the week. Your pet’s ashes can be shipped directly to your home by the crematorium for an additional $45-$50.
- Home Burial: The law requires that you dig a hole minimum 3 feet and preferably 4 feet deep to accommodate your pet’s body. Check the zoning laws in your town. You must avoid septic systems, flood plains, and proximity to rivers, streams, and lakes. Wintertime burials may require the use of a backhoe if the ground is frozen.
- Communal Cremation: Your pet will be cremated with other pets without any means of separation. You will not receive your pets ashes back. They are lovingly spread off the coast of Maine.
- Semi-Private Cremation: When you choose semi-private cremation, your treasured pet will be cremated with other pets using a partitioning system. This keeps the pets completely separated from one another. Your pet’s cremated remains will be returned in your selected urn.
- Truly Private Pet Cremation: When you choose private cremation, your treasured pet will be the only pet in the cremation chamber during the cremation process. Your pet’s cremated remains will be returned in your selected urn. Pet Passages offers a wide selection of memorial products, that can be personalized for your pet.
- Removal: I bring soft sided and rolling stretchers to transport your pet to my vehicle. Help is often needed to carry the larger pets. Depending on the size (over 100 pounds) we may need to make special arrangements for the crematorium to pick up directly. Let me know in advance if there are individuals on your end to assist with the carry. If you would like your pet wrapped in a special blanket or sheet, please have that available. Favorite toys or handwritten letters from the family can be sent with the pet to the crematorium.
- Urn Selection: You can choose from the standard complimentary urn (pictured below) or go to Pet Passages to choose a different urn for an additional fee. You can purchase an urn from any location or utilize a container of your choosing to transfer the ashes too.
Cremation Fees: Based on body weight and special requests.
- Truly Private Cremation – Ranges from $225-$400
- Semi-Private Cremation – Ranges from $125-$300
- Communal Cremation – Ranges from $90-$175
Memorializing Your Pet
There are wonderful ways to honor your pet:
- Set up a fund in your pet’s name
- Accept money, pet food, or pet supplies and donate to a local animal shelter
- Donate to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
- Honor your pet on APLB.org during their Monday Night Pet Candle Ceremony
- Plant a tree via Arbor Day Foundation
- Plant a memorial garden at home
- Join me on National Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in September from 5:30-7 PM) at Sherman Town Beach Pavilion for an evening of remembrance.
- Create a lasting piece of glass blown artwork incorporating your pet’s ashes.
credit: Coleen Ellis
After the loss of a pet, it is normal to feel empty and lost. Reach out for support from family, friends, clergy, and mental health professionals. Reach out to me. You don’t have to go through the mourning process alone.