Disposing of the body- Laying to rest
While the loss of a pet can be a very traumatic and a deeply stressful time for it’s owner, in today’s world we have a far greater number of options as to how to deal with the pet loss grieving process.
Burial in Pet Cemetery
When it finally comes to that moment we all dread of laying your pets body down on its final resting place, the pet cemetery is a good option.
It offers a safe and secure environment where you can come visit, erect a pet memorial plaque on that particular burial spot and perhaps even get a chance to interact with other people whom you can share stories and memories of your beloved pet with.
There are in quite a few circumstances whereby the pet cemetery is directly related to and part of an all-inclusive service including pet funeral homes and possibly crematories.
The funeral home offers a formal setting where you can grieve openly, reflect on the life and times of that special relationship and bond you had with your pet.
In a similar manner to how it handles human burial arrangements, the pet cemetery can pick up your pets remains from the veterinarian or home and carry out normal service from there.
Private Home Burials
Many people may prefer the option of laying their pets remains somewhere in their own land or their own back garden.
As a coping mechanism some people feel keeping the pet close by gives a certain peace and reassurance.
If you own land and or possess your own house in the countryside or a suburban area then you will likely choose this method.
Depending on where you live there may be certain laws and regulations imposed by the local authority on the act of burying your pet in your backyard or garden.
A few regulations or conditions you should adhere to are, always bury your pet at least 3 to 4 feet deep.
A special container may also have to be used to accommodate your pet depending on it is size.
This is to safeguard against scavengers or other pets and animals digging up the burial site.
Also try to avoid selecting a burial site where volumes of water would normally lodge, this may dislodge or uncover the topsoil and leave the bodily remains exposed.
People may opt for home burials because it represents a more personal touch, it allows you choose that burial spot which may be of some significance to you and especially your pet.
An example of this would be, a spot where your pet used to play or liked to lie down and sleep.
It’s up to you if you want to or what you want to mark the burial spot with.
A pet memorial garden stone or a pet memorial rock would be a nice commemorative gesture to your companion.
For those who prefer not to deal with the personal handling of the dead remains, don’t have suitable ground because of city dwelling, or want to avoid the trouble of dealing with local authority laws on burials, a crematoria service is a viable option.
In some or all cases a pet cremation can be done on a private or combined basis.
That means the crematory service will cremate your pet individually or as part of a group or a multitude of pets at the same time.
Some crematories offer special tracking devices to ensure that the correct ashes from your pet are returned to you if you choose group cremation.
In most cases and generally for your own peace of mind and solace you can attend the cremation yourself.
The cremains can be placed inside a memorial pet urn and kept in secure private area of your home or outwardly displayed as a constant reminder of a friend that was a big part of your life.
A keepsake in the form of jewellery whereby the pets ashes are encased or fused inside thick glass can also be obtained.
Other options worth considering are having footprints done, that could be ink prints, clay prints [paw impressions unique to your pet] a lock of fur, feathers, hair, whiskers
You could also spread your pets ashes somewhere of sentiment, like the pets own home yard, on a strand or beach where it liked to walk and swim.
If you prefer not to hold possession of your pets ashes, the crematory will bury or scatter the ashes in a mass grave or a distinguished pet memorial area.
In the event that you would like an alternative option to the 3 choices above, you could donate your pet for the purpose of science study.
Educational Memorial Programs or Willed Body Programs which these endeavors are called and are offered at some veterinary universies and hospitals.
In practice this would usually mean that you’d need to make donating arrangements with the select universary prior to the decease of your pet.
You must have the paperwork current as regards rabies vaccinations and free of infectious diseases for acceptance into this program.
Giving your pet up to be utilized of veterinary education and training may be a great source of comfort and pride to its owner.
All the animals remains are cremated on the completion of training and depending on the program or university the return of your pets ashes may not be possible.
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Decision time in the Household
For owners the death of a pet is a gut wrenching experience that few of us want to face but is unfortunately reality not only once in a lifetime but usually more than that.
The important thing to take into account on the death of your pet is the feelings, viewpoints, thoughts of all the family members.
Whereas one member may wish for a formal burial, another may be creeped out at the thought of a dead body in the back garden.
The best course of action would be to hold a discussion on the topic of the final disposal of the pet while it is still alive.
We all accept and granted it is not the most comfortable and pleasant of topics to converse on but likely one that could prevent a very undesirable situation when “that moment” finally arrives.
A final decision should be reached that’s going to satisfy all and importantly apt in honoring your cherished pet in its final send off.
If you have any opinions and thoughts on this I’d love to hear them.