5 things to do in the event your beloved pet passes away. Pet Loss Guide.
Our pet gets us through the good and the bad! They know when we are down and they know just what to do about it. They are our family, so when that time does come the last thing you can think about is what comes next? What do I need to organise? What are my options? All we can think about is laying them to rest …. But how?
In the last few years your options have grown giving you a chance to keep them close. This of course comes at a cost and fills your mind with all new things to deal with when they pass. Luckily Still With Me Pet Urns have laid out a step by step plan to help make the process that little bit easier.
A local crematorium released a statement earlier last year saying “we feel privileged to be trusted with their family member in a time of grieving. We want to return them with dignity regardless of what type of animal we are cremating. It is important to us that the family feel comforted in this time, we see that as our only job!”
1- Pet Loss; laying them to rest
*Speak to your vet. Decide on personal cremation, group cremation, memorial or burial – it is best to alert your vet that they have passed.
*Speak with your chosen pet cremation service. Your pet will be picked up and you will be given the choice of how you wish the cremation to proceed. “She was picked up promptly and placed in a basket with flowers. The kind gentleman from Pet Angel managed to speak to me through my tears and ensure me it would be ok. He gave me all of my options and made me feel comfortable” Said Shannon from Brisbane.
*Choose the urn or memorialisation item. Still With Me or your crematorium can help.
*Receive your pet home again or be alerted that they have been laid to rest if another option is chosen (you can bring them home, have them laid to rest elsewhere or if you chose burial from the beginning this will not apply)
Calling your vet is the best way to start this process if you are not already there. They will be able to walk you through the next step of choosing how to lay them to rest. I know we usually want to ensure this happens as fast as possible. “I didn’t want him to be cold and wanted to ensure he was safe” Said Madeline of Brisbane QLD who recently lost her dog.
When choosing to cremate your beloved family member when they pass, part of this process is to choose how you would like to memorialised them. Just as we do with loss of a family member, we now have these options when we loose our pet. The pet cremation industry now gives us a chance to keep them close to us when they have passed. Jennie O’Neill from Still With Me Pet Urns says “It is such a proud moment for the funeral industry to be able to give this closure to pet parents”.
Cremation for your pet is a reasonably new concept. However it is one that more people are choosing. Due to the increase in interest pet cremation, businesses are able to offer a more affordable comprehensive services. With a dignified pick up from your home or place of the pets passing, multiple cremation and memorial options and support throughout the whole process.
The service can cost between $150 and $400 depending on the service that you choose. Not only is your pet memorialised in a dignified way but you are able to take them home with a number of options available to you. Urns, Keepsakes, Candles, Bio Urns, Scattering and memorials, jewellery, are just some of the options available. These are taken care of through the pet crematorium or for something more personal Still With Me Pet Urns has a range of products to suit. You can explore these options on the website!
Need advice on a crematorium? Want to know more about your options?
At current you are still able to bury your pet in your yard however it is recommended that the hole is 3-4 feet deep for safety and environmental reasons. If you choose to bury your pet the wonderful team at Talking Stones can help you memorialise your pet.
If you are looking for another way to bury your pet with dignity Sweet Goodbye For You can take care of all of your burial and memorial needs.
Still unsure of which option would suit you best?
2- Pet Registration
Even though it’s something we would rather not have to do I’m afraid it is super important. It is time to contact your local council and alert them of your pets passing.
3 -Pet Insurance
If you have this in place you will find that you may be entitled to a death claim or a refund. This is because you may have paid your premium. “I would have much preferred to pay and have Ollie with us. I know now it was good to have a reminder that this was our next necessary step” said Joanne from Coburg, VIC.
4 -Your pets belongings
Although this part can sometimes be the most painful it brings a lot of closure to families when mourning the loss of a pet. Just as it does for those who have lost a loved one. Have you considered gifting them to you beloved pets best friend? Donating the food to the RSPCA? Do some good in the name of your beloved family member.
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If you need help grieving or just want someone to talk to contact Paws Along The Way!
It isn’t nice to talk about! We know that, we are glad to get it out in the open. It is important to us for you to be aware that you have some options. No one likes to entertain the thought so when they time comes we are mind boggled. Pet loss is a big deal and we know that! Dealing with this while grieving just doesn’t leave much room for anything else.
Still With Me Pet Urns likes to share stories with other pet parents about families who have been through the process and know how it feels, they are a source of hope and comfort for those dealing with a loss. You can view these on their website or through their Instagram account.
We wish you and your wonderful family all the very best. It is our hope this has been a source of comfort in the years to come!
See a similar post about this on the blog for Perfect Pets along with other great storie