Cremation or burial?
When trying to choose between pet cremation or burial, there are many factors to consider. The size of the pet, where you live and what services are offered by your vet will all influence your choice. An important thing to keep in mind is the emotional impact this choice will have on you and your family.
If you don’t want any ceremony, you can also ask your vet to take care of the body. They don’t have to return the remains to you. Instead, you might choose to memorialise your pet with a paw print, a tattoo or a lock of their hair.
Choosing to bury the pet limits your memorial options. It also creates one final resting place for your pet. Should you move house in the future, you’ll only take the memorial stone with you. Younger members of the family may feel they are leaving the pet behind. Choosing cremation offers a wide range of options to help you properly memorialise your pet.
Pets are considered part of the family, so it can be difficult to know what to do with their ashes. The following ideas are all beautiful options for laying your beloved pet to rest.
Scatter the ashes in their favourite place
Some people prefer to scatter their pet’s ashes in their garden then plant flowers or shrubs, while others prefer to scatter them at a scenic spot or beside a favourite tree. Taking one last walk with your dog can be a beautiful and symbolic way to say goodbye.
Some people choose to take their pet’s ashes up into the mountains, where they can scatter them in a peaceful location. Most public parks won’t have a problem with you scattering the ashes, provided you choose a quiet spot.
Bury the ashes in your garden
If your pet had a favourite spot in the garden, you could bury their ashes in an urn and create a memorial to them using flowers and plants. Dedicating a place in your garden to your pet is the perfect way to say goodbye.
Make sure you plant lots of beautiful flowers to cheer you up every time you remember your pet. For example, you could plant roses, lavender, tulips or lilacs to create a memorial that flowers every year.