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If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably suffered the loss of a pet at some point in your lifetime. Whether it was your first hamster, your childhood dog or your 12th kitty, you know how it feels. Which means you’ve probably faced this dilemma: What will happen to her remains?
When the time comes to answer that question, most of us aren’t thinking rationally. Things seems so awful and unreal that we’re not likely to know how to respond — not when asked to decide how we’ll deal with the profoundly disquieting details of handling our pet's physical remains.
In case you’re rusty on the options, here are the top three choices you’ll face at the time of your pet's death:
Some of us feel pressed to decide at the exact time of death. In which case, the safest thing to do, in my opinion, is choose private cremation. I’m a big fan of the private approach. Though it’s more expensive, I think it’s worth it. When you receive your pet’s cremains, you can breathe a sigh of relief. You can put off the issue of what to do with the ashes for a few days, weeks, months or even years (as I’ve done). The cremains will always be yours to memorialize however you please once you’re in a more sound state of mind.
In case you’ve never faced this decision and have no idea what a private cremation entails, let me explain.
1. Almost all veterinary hospitals have a relationship with a regulated establishment that offers a cremation chamber (a special kind of furnace) used exclusively for pet cremation. The service will pick up your pet’s body at your vet’s office and take it to the facility where this cremation equipment is housed.
2. In the case of private cremation, a pet is placed inside the chamber by herself so that her ashes will not intermingle with others or be mistaken for another’s.
3. The chamber is then heated to 1,500 to 1,600 degrees, a process which results in evaporation within the cremation chamber to yield the cremated remains. These cremains are further processed and packaged for ease of storage and transportation.
The process is actually clean and clinical when done correctly.
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