We’ve written this post to help any of you who might – one day, be in the position one of our clients found herself in on the weekend.
Her elderly Dog passed away peacefully – in her sleep on Saturday night
It’s sad when a much loved pet – and companion finally passes away. Despite the fact you’ve probably prepared for this day in your mind, it’s still natural to feel upset when it actually happens.
And – it may be the first time that you’re actually forced to think of what to do with her remains.
Do you want to bury her in your backyard. For some of you, this may not be an option, Your pet is too big to bury in a small backyard. Or you might just be renting and don’t want to leave your pet behind when you move.
If you don’t want to bury her at home, here are some options for you to consider.
Contact your vet as soon as possible for help. Most vets, like us will have a facility to “store” (freeze) your pet’s body until you decide what you’d like to do with her remains.
You can choose from:
Mass burial. Your pet’s body is collected by a service that provides mass burials or cremations.
Individual cremation. Your pet is collected by a Cremation service that individually cremates your pet and returns the ashes to you in a special urn or “Scatterbox” We use Mountain High Cremation Service.
You may also contact them (or another cremation service of your choice) – and they’ll collect your pet’s body directly from your home.
In the meantime – store your pet’s body in a cool place like a garage until arrangements are made.
Some clients of ours have even asked us to remporarily store the remains until they could organise someone to dig a grave for their pet. It’s all possible so never worry about having to make hasty decisions.
If you feel such a day could be close …..
Start planning for that time now. Knowing exactly what you can do when that day finally arrives can help to ease the stress and make things a little easier for you.
Picture courtesy of Beverly and Pack. Used under the Creative Commons Licence.