Pet cremation is a growing trend among pet owners in America, as modern society increasingly takes on the view that pets are, in fact, as much a part of a family, and as deserving of respect in death, as any human members. People of decades and centuries past were undoubtedly attached to their pets in many ways, but, for many today, the emotional attachment is stronger than ever. The pets of yesteryear were much more likely to be considered ornamental additions to a home than they are today, a time in which it’s not uncommon for people to consider their beloved, faithful companion to be their very best friend in the world.
This is not to say, of course, that pet owners of days gone by mistreated or disrespected their pets routinely, but, rather, to suggest that modern pet owners are simply, as a whole, more caught up on the emotional aspects of pet ownership than their predecessors were (as is evidenced by, among other things, large sums of money being bequeathed to beloved cats and dogs these days and national outrages over dog fighting – an institution that has been active for centuries and only relatively recently deemed objectionable). So, as this happy and new attitude toward pets has evolved, so has the practice of pet cremation. Here are some things that anyone considering pet cremation for their fury friend will likely find of great help.
Many who are considering pet cremation for the first time will likely start by wondering how to arrange for a pet cremation? Only in the largest cities, after all, is the term “Pet Crematory” likely is found in the local telephone book. So that may leave many grieving pet owners perplexed. Well, the answer to this conundrum is usually quite simple: ask a veterinarian. Most vets will have a handy list of companies that provide pet cremation services at modest prices, and many will even be set up to handle the service themselves – either by contracting with another company or by conducting the cremation in their own office. Veterinarians will usually not blatantly advertise that they handle pet cremation services – because their core job, of course, is to keep – pets alive – but most, no matter what the telephone book listings indicate, are certainly prepared to do so. There are a number of very good reasons that more people than ever (and the number seems to grow every year) are choosing pet cremation when a special animal in their life passes on. Probably the most important of these reasons is simply emotional. Any pet owner who has loved a pet wants, understandably, to treat that beloved friend’s contribution to the family with the utmost respect and dignity. And pet cremation offers that option quite reasonably. In tandem with long lasting pet cremation urns and a pet memorial ceremony, pet cremation is an amazingly affordable and emotionally touching method for keeping precious family memories of a pet alive for the generations and coping with the pain of grief that many people feel at the loss of a pet. Experts in psychology say that it is perfectly natural to experience much the same feelings over the loss of a pet as one would feel at the loss of a human family member, and, since cremation is a comforting option in cases of human death, it seems only reasonable that pet cremation can have the same comforting affect.
Another key reason that today’s pet owners are turning to pet cremation in ever growing numbers is simply that it is widely perceived as the most dignified way to say goodbye to a precious pet. In the days of old, burial was the most common way of disposing of a pet’s remains, but a number of factors in modern society have made that impractical in the vast majority of cases these days. For nearly all city dwellers (or even residents of small rural villages nowadays too) modern laws prohibit the burial of pets on land within the city limits. But even in the cases in which municipal laws do not specifically prohibit pet burial, real estate laws in most state (or just common real estate practice) require that the burial of a pet on private property be disclosed to potential buyers should the pet owners ever decide to sell. The fact that a pet has been buried on a piece of property does not necessarily mean that a property’s value will decrease, but most experts would predict that it would. So, unless a family is absolutely certain that there is no chance that a particular piece of property will ever be sold outside of a family, most experts will recommend pet cremation as the sensible alternative. Scattering a pet’s cremation ashes in, say, a backyard or garden, is not a permanent change to the landscape and, therefore, is quite legal most everywhere and would not have any adverse affect on property values.
Still another reason that pet owners will often choose pet cremation is the alarming number of news stories that have materialized in recent years about the way the bodies of pets are treated when other alternatives are employed. Some families have made it a practice to simply notify their local animal control officials when a pet has died (or, worse, to just leave the pet outside to wait for sanitation officials to discover it on their own). This practice has decreased in recent years; however, thanks to news stories that describe the “rendering plants” where animal control officials in most cities dispose of dead animals. These facilities are among the most grotesque establishments in any city, and, suffice it to say, animals are not treated with dignity in death when their bodies are relinquished to these plants. It is true, perhaps, that rendering plants do a service to mankind by creating useful consumer products from the “recycled” bits of dead animals, but – just as with the making of sausage – the process is far from comforting to contemplate, and few pet owners today will rest easy knowing that their beloved family friend was part of that in the end. So, for these sensitive souls, pet cremation is the far better choice.
One perplexing question that may prevail itself upon anyone who may be considering pet cremation is what to do with the product of pet cremation, the remains. Thanks to some creative innovations in today’s memorial industry, this question is fairly easily answered. There are a myriad of possibilities for displaying or disposing of a pet’s cremation remains. Perhaps the simplest option is to simply scatter the ashes as we discussed above. But, that may not be the best choice for families who desire to keep a physical reminder of their faithful friend always close at hand. For these folks who have opted for pet cremation, pet urns or pet cremation jewelry is the perfect choice. Retailers who specialize in pet memorial products have selections of thousands of urns, and pet owners are sure to find one that fits their special recollection of the pet. The same is also true of pet cremation jewelry. A diverse selection of these beautiful pieces that hold tiny portions of pet’s ashes are available from any memorial retail outlet.