While no-one wants to think about their pet dying, death is a part of life. Making sure that you know what you are doing with their remains once they have passed will help you keep their memory intact. One of the best options to ensure that you are able to stay close to them after death is cremating your pet. While this may be not very appealing to think about, it is the option that leaves you the most flexibility with their remains after the cremation has taken place.
Cremation, to put it simply, is heating a body until everything but the smallest pieces of bone have been reduced to ash. These ashes and the small pieces of bone are then given back to the individual who ordered the cremation in a box or an urn. It is at this point that you are presented with a number of different options.
First, most people choose to spread the ashes of their pet in an area that meant a lot of them. This might be the first lake that your dog went swimming in, a yard where your cat loved to play, or a path the reminds you of your dog. Many who choose to do this will make sure that they only scatter half of the ashes or a small amount either to save them for later or use them elsewhere.
The second most common option is getting a nice urn, that is a container for the ashes, and placing it in a place of love or honour. For many people they will place something of importance, their address tag, perhaps some of their fur, or even one of their favourite toys in the urn. Generally an urn will be well under £100, but you can get customized ones that can be a lot dearer.
The third option is to use the ashes in something that you can wear or use. Generally this is going to be in the form of blown glass ornaments or jewellery, but there are other materials in use as well. These items are special ordered and each will generally take a teaspoon or so of ashes, allowing for a large number of items to be made depending on the size of the cremains. Glass is blown and the ashes are added as it is cooling to ensure that they can be seen.
As you can see, there are a large number of options available when cremating your pet. Less popular but still valid choices include planting the ashes underneath a tree or even having them flown into space by one of the companies specializing in this service.
Generally if you want to make sure that your pet will be able to always be with you and that you never have to worry about where they are buried, cremation is going to be your best bet. Being ready ahead of their death will ensure that you can enjoy your last days with them without worry and is something that all pet owners need to consider whilst their pet is fit and healthy.
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