What does "Private" cremation mean
As there are currently no state regulations for pet cremation, it is
very important that you not only understand your options, but also how
the crematory you choose will be handling your pet and their
aftercare. What one crematory calls something may be completely
different at another crematory so please see our cremation definitions
under “Services/Cremation Options”.
As a Pet Loss Professional Alliance (PLPA) member, we are working very hard to educate veterinarians, as well as the public to ask the right questions. The term Private Cremation is unfortunately misused by many businesses in the profession. Most pet crematories offer a "return of cremains", but what that does not tell you is if your pet is being cremated alone or with other pets. We believe every Private Cremation should be performed by placing only one pet in the crematory. Once that cremation is completed, the cremains are thoroughly removed. Other cremation methods including more than one pet at a time should never be referred to as a Private or Individual Cremation; but rather as a partitioned, segregated or communal cremation. Prior to saying “yes” to return of cremains, ask for a clear definition of each of the options that are available to you. Here are a few other questions you may want to ask your veterinarian and/or crematory.
- How do you keep track of each pet's cremains?
- How and when will my pet's body be picked up?
- Do you offer a witnessed cremation or a visitation?
- Can we witness any part of the cremation process should we choose to be present during their cremation?
- What items can be cremated with my pet?
- How do you guarantee the cremains I receive will be those of my pet, and only my pet?
- Do you guarantee that if I choose to not have my pet's remains
returned, the same care and accountability of my pet will be
maintained? If yes, how?
- How and when will my pet’s remains be returned to me?
- If I choose a Group Cremation, what will happen to my pet’s remains?
These final decisions are yours. There are no “right” or “wrong”
answers, but there are choices to be made. Your pet gave you
unconditional love during their time with you. Please take time for
them to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they