Why do we get so attached to our animal companions? Researchers suggest that many pet owners feel unconditional love towards their animals.
That type of relationship with humans is hard to come by, so it’s no surprise why so many people adopt an animal.
That also means that we can become an emotional wreck when our beloved pets pass on. If you’ve experienced a loss, you might be considering pet cremation. Read on to learn what you need to know about the process, costs, and options associated with cremation.
Considering Cremation? What You Need to Know
So, how does pet cremation work? What should you expect?
First, you’ll want to find a reputable and trusted crematory to handle your needs. Then, you’ll transport your loved one to the crematorium.
From there, trusted staff will take the utmost care placing your pet into the cremation unit. Depending on your preferences, your pet can get cremated alone or with other pets.
In the cremation unit, fire will purify your pet’s remains. Staff will then remove your loved one’s ashes and other items. Many individuals want to keep their pet’s microchip, surgical pins, or collars. This option is available to you if you choose.
Next, your pet’s ashes will get placed into a container. You can then pick up your loved one. The whole process only takes a few hours. Many crematoriums offer same-day services if that’s what you’d prefer.
Understanding the Costs of Pet Cremation
So, how much does it cost to get your pet cremated? The cost hinges on the options you choose and the weight of your pet. In general, heavier pets cost more.
Communal cremations mean several pets get cremated at the same time. This option is the most affordable. Private cremations are more expensive, but you can be sure your pet’s ashes aren’t mixed.
You can expect to pay extra fees for the following services:
- Pet pick-up ($30-$50)
- View the cremation process ($20-$30)
- Urn containers ($50-$1,000)
On average, you can expect to pay about $50-$350. Basic packages, like communal cremations for small animals, are affordable. Bigger packages with extras will cost more.
Your Options After Cremation
On top of these costs, you may want to consider options for memorializing your pet’s ashes. Urns aren’t your only option. You could decide to turn your pet’s ashes into a headstone, jewelry, artwork, or key chain.
Remembering Your Pet Forever
Have you recently lost a pet that you love? We know how difficult it is to cope after bonding with a pet for so long. That’s why pet cremation may be the best option for you.
Not only is it cost-effective, but it also gives you a chance to memorialize your pet forever. Now that you know your options, it’s up to you to decide how to move forward.
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