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We have been talking about what to do when one of our pets die. We both find cremation to be a good final choice. I did some internet searching for pet cremation and find there are a lot of options and maybe some concerns.

What should I consider when researching which crematorium to choose?

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You are a responsible and diligent "Pet Parent" in researching what you should consider when selecting a facility to cremate your beloved pet when it passes.

Pet crematories, unlike human crematories are not regulated. I would suggest you consult the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA) through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) for a listing of pet crematories who follow the ethical guidelines outlined by the PLPA. Here is the link to the website and they have a list of frequently ask questions that will provide more information for you in selecting someone to care for your pet.

  • Do you want the remains returned to you?
  • If the remains are not returned, how are they handled and where will the final resting place be?
  • Of these three possible configurations which works best for you, and what does each mean according to the facility you are considering?
    • Segregated/individual cremation
    • Communal cremation
    • Separated cremation

I encourage you to visit the facilities you are interested in, as they should have an open door policy regarding their practices.

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