After the passing of a pet, you want to ensure that their remains are treated with the care and respect that they deserve. There are many options for what to do with your pet’s remains, including burial, cremation, preservation, and others. However, in most cases, cremation is the best choice for several reasons.
Cremation is Simple
While burying your pet may seem like the more traditional option, cremation is a more practical and modern solution that has several advantages. First, laws in many cities and towns in Oklahoma prevent homeowners from burying their pet’s remains at their home, and burials performed outside of city limits must be performed in a certain manner. For most pet owners, that leaves pet cemeteries as the only reasonable option for burial. However, pet cemeteries aren’t always convenient to your location, and if you ever move away, you’ll have to leave your pet’s memorial behind. In contrast, cremation allows you to place your pet’s cremains in an urn, making it possible for you to keep their memorial close, no matter where you are.
Cremation is Less Expensive
Many pet owners find it difficult to pay for the costs of a burial in a pet cemetery, especially if their pet faced medical problems that brought hefty veterinary bills along with them. Cremation, in contrast, is generally much less expensive than burial or other options. It allows any pet owner, no matter their budget, to treat their pet’s remains with respect and dignity.
Cremation is Better for the Environment
Another advantage of cremation over other options is that cremation is better for the environment. Unlike a burial, which requires the use and care of land for a grave site and the burial of a casket or other container, cremation requires no special devices and causes very little environmental impact. Indeed, many cremations require no land use at all – families often choose to scatter their pet’s ashes in a beloved location. This makes cremation environmentally friendly and personally meaningful.
Cremation is More Flexible
When you choose pet cremation over burial, you allow yourself more flexibility in how you will remember and memorialize your pet. As mentioned above, many pet families choose to scatter their pet’s ashes in a meaningful location. Other pet owners may choose to keep their pet’s cremains in an urn or other vessel in their home, allowing them to keep their treasured pet’s memory close. Finally, we offer several other memorial urns at Pet Memories, including urns with photo frames or figurines and even lockets and pendants which you can keep with you at all times. All of these memorial options allow you the flexibility to remember your pet how you choose.
Of course, the choice of whether or not to cremate your pet is a very personal decision, and nobody can make it for you. If you have any questions about the cremation process or our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Pet Memories by calling (405) 840-0800. We’d be happy to talk with you about your options for your pet’s remains and how you can best honor their memory.