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Helping you make an informed choice by first explaining the Pet Cremation differences.
Private Cremation at Pets Remembered
There are two types of cremation, Private or Group (mass). When we perform a private cremation, only one pet at a time is in our crematory. All of the pet’s ashes, and only that pet’s ashes, are returned to the owner. If an owner chooses to, they can be present for the private cremation of the pet. There is no charge for this, but we do need to schedule appointment times so we are able to allow the pet owner enough time with their pet before the cremation begins.
If a pet owner chooses not to opt for private cremation, they may choose group cremation. With this type of cremation, many pets are cremated together, up to 2000 lbs at a time depending on the facility, and the resulting ashes are then scattered or placed in a landfill. Pets Remembered does not offer this type of service.
Learn more about Pet Cremation in Minnesota:
1. Individual Cremation
Also Called Private Cremation. The use of the term “cremation” generally invokes the image of the individual service – the equivalent of the human crematorium. Clients are entitled to expect their pets be handled with dignity on their own and cremated one at a time within the cremation unit. The ashes should all be recovered and identified for return, scattering or burial and there should be no danger of any mixing of ashes. People may request this type of cremation even though they do not want the ashes returned simply for the individual handling and peace of mind.
2. Communal Cremations
Also Called Memorial or Group Cremation. For the true communal cremation service pets are handled within the limits of practicality as to pick up (weekly) and loading (up to 2000 lbs.) the retort. The ashes are collected and then scattered or buried. Ashes from communal cremations should not be returned to pet owners since there are no means of separation.
We at Pets Remembered do not offer communal cremation, but this is offered by other crematories. We have included definitions below so that you can make a more informed decision.
Communal Cremation with Separation of Ashes
A.K.A. Individually Partitioned: Partitioned, Separate, Semi-Private, Companion. Several pets may be placed into the cremation chamber with some form of separation. They may be on trays, a line of fire bricks placed between them, or be a reasonable distance apart. At the end of the cremation the ashes are retrieved one at a time. While precautions may be taken to prevent mixing of ashes, the clients should always be aware of the high probability of mixing due to high heat and circulation fans, and be prepared to accept this. For these clients this provides a less expensive way of having a significant portion of their pet’s ashes returned. Pet owners are advised to carefully check the crematorium’s procedures before agreeing to this service. We do not recommend this service as it is difficult to set any definite procedures for protecting the pet owner.
3. Disposal By Incineration and/or Landfill
This procedure typically involves the mass collection of pets in a van or box truck on a planned schedule without any special handling, followed by incineration. The ashes or the partially incinerated body are disposed of, the majority of the time at a landfill.
Many people have no objections to this service as it provides a simple inexpensive disposal option. However, it will often be described as mass, routine or communal cremation, but has little to do with the correct procedure for those services. The situation is not helped by using the term cremation rather than incineration so as to not upset the clients.
10 Questions to Ask before Cremation
Here are ten questions to ask the person who is offering you cremation for your pet:
- Does your service offer full after care, including burial, grief support and memorials?
- How and when will my pet be transported to the crematory? May I inspect the facilities where my pet’s cremation will be performed?
- If I choose cremation can you guarantee that my pet will be cremated?
- If I choose and pay for a private cremation will my pet be cremated individually and will I receive a written guarantee that states such? Will only my pet be placed in the chamber?
- Can my pet’s cremated remains be returned to me within 24-48 hours without incurring additional costs?
- May I be present before and during my pet’s private cremation without incurring additional cost?
- If I choose a group cremation, can you guarantee that my pet will not be mass incinerated and sent to a landfill or a rendering or fertilizer plant?
- If my pet is group cremated, what happens to the cremated remains?
- If my pet’s cremated remains are scattered may I visit the location?
- If the Crematory is not on site, when did you last do an inspection of the facility and do you keep an inspection report on hand?
In the case of cremation with ashes returned to owners, do not accept a cremation certificate that does not explicitly state the type of cremation your pet is receiving. Many disposal firms provide certificates that are unnecessarily wordy and deliberately deceptive. These certificates often certify nothing pertaining to the type of cremation received or the authenticity of ashes returned. A proper certificate should state the type of cremation received and also certify that the ashes you are receiving are those of your pet. If the service you are using cannot guarantee in writing all or any services they offer, why should you trust your pet’s cremation to them?
Minnesota currently has no laws regulating the cremation of companion pets as to the standards, practices or the definition of terms used. We at Pets Remembered believe that honesty is the best policy in situations where one uses disposal by large mass cremation or incineration . Owners would be far more distressed to learn about the true manner in which their pet’s remains were handled and treated at a later date than if they were given honest information to begin with.