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Serving Minneapolis & St. Paul Families for Pet Cremation Services

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Dealing with the death of a pet is difficult enough without the added concern of:

  • My dog or cat died at home, how do I move him/her, now what do I do?
  • My pet was hit by a car, who do I call?
  • My pet has been euthanized at the clinic, I don’t like my options, now what?
  • What assurances do I really have that it’s only my pet’s ashes returned?
  • What happens to my pet in those days or week until the cremation takes place?
  • Do I really want to go through this all over again in a week or 10 days when I pick up the ashes from the veterinary clinic?

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There is no doubt that sharing our lives with pets provides enrichment, growth and love beyond our wildest imaginations. Eventually we are forced to face their death and the release of their physical presence. This experience can be confusing, painful, stressful and full of heartache. Furthermore, the decision with respect to taking care of their body must be made. Cremation is one of the most popular options for pets today. As we do for us, we do for our pets. However, pet crematories are often hidden behind a cloak of secrecy. Closed doors, difficult hours and forbidden public visits are common in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. You do have another option. Pets Remembered is family owned and operated by pet people who are passionate about providing the best care possible. We feel pets are family members and should be treated as such. Knowing the difference between the cremation options and asking key questions can be helpful in making your decision and giving you peace of mind.

Cremation Options for Return of Ashes

Private Cremation, Alone, One-in-one-out

Private cremation is just that — one pet in the cremation unit at a time. The authorization form and cremation certificate should state that the cremation was private, alone, and/or one-in-one-out and not just the date that it was done. This is the only way people are cremated, and it is the only type service Pets Remembered offers.

Separate, Separated, Partitioned Cremation

Separate or Separated Cremation is a hybrid between Mass or Group Cremation and Private Cremation. Multiple pets are placed within the unit and separated by space. Pets Remembered feels this is an unacceptable practice and does not offer it. Why pay a premium price and receive a mix of ashes? Listen closely and carefully to the providers words and read the authorization form carefully. This practice would never be done with people.

Here are a few separate cremation explanations and definitions to consider:

"b) The written explanation of services must not include any false or misleading information. A written explanation of services is misleading if:
(3) it uses the term "individually partitioned" or "separate" with respect to a communal cremation process;"

(815 ILCS 318/) Illinois Companion Animal Cremation Act

"keeping them individually separated through some physical means such as clay bricks, space, pans etc. This is also known as a partitioned pet cremation. Even though the bodies are physically separated, some unavoidable mingling of the ashes of the cremated pets is possible when this method is used."

"During a partitioned (separate) cremation, multiple animals may be in the incinerator at the same time, but they are separated so that the remains from each can be collected separately. Some "active comingling" of remains is unavoidable."
Jessica Pierce Ph.D. Psychology Today Jan 12. 2011

"Full disclosure is expected from membership. The words “private” and/or “individual” are not to be used in whole or in part in the description and/or definition of this type of procedure. .At the very least, some contiguous method of effective physical separation not just space—should be employed in order to keep commingling to a minimum. Commingling of cremated remains will occur with this type of cremation and will vary based upon conditions in the cremation chamber, height and type of the partitioning medium used, amount of space between animals, method of retrieval employed, and other factors."
PLPA Code of Ethics for Membership (the nations largest Pet Cremation Asssociation)

To make it even more confusing, because there are no laws in Minnesota, the terminology used and labeling the different cremation options is varied and inconsistent. Ask questions of your provider to ensure you are receiving the service that you want.

Many families mistakenly assume they have to use the company of their veterinarian’s choosing for cremation. This is not the case. Specifically, a clinic may use a company that is cheap, or that they have used for a long period of time, thinking that is what the client would want. However, many families want to have their pet picked up sooner, cremated promptly, their pet’s ashes returned faster, and want to know they are receiving only their pet’s ashes. Because your pet is your family member and your property, you have the right to decide what happens to them in every facet. Let your clinic or hospital know that you wish to use Pets Remembered and we will be there.

The delicate subject of the latter days of our pet’s life is never an easy one to tackle. Pet people can find comfort knowing that Pets Remembered Cremation is available days, evenings and weekends, and we are honored to help you. We will try to answer whatever questions you may have.

Photo credit: Sarah Beth Photography's Joy Session is an opportunity to remember the love you share with your pets in a beautiful, dignified way.

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