Keepsake Urns For Every Member Of The Family
There is no doubt that if you have a pet, they are a loving member for the entire family. Unfortunately, when they pass, it is a devastating time for everyone. At Pet Cremation Services, we provide a beautiful service so that your beloved pet can be with you and everyone else in your family, always.
As a token of the love and happiness that your pet brought to your lives, we provide lovely urns to serve as their final resting place. For families with children who’ve grown up with a pet, our keepsake urns are great because each family member can take a piece of their ashes with them.
The keepsake urn collection is comprised of beautiful urns that will hold just enough of your pet’s ashes. Now, no matter where you are, a piece of your pet will be with you. These vessels come in a variety of designs and are made from various materials.
For large families, this is a practical option so that not one person has to go without a piece of their furry friend. Small memories often make the biggest impacts. This is why we feel our keepsake urns are so special.
You can find out keepsake urn collection by clicking on our keepsake urns page. As always, please feel free to give us a call with any questions about our services or urns.
The Benefits of Choosing a Marble Urn
Choosing the perfect urn for your pet is an important decision because it will be carried with you throughout a lifetime. Pet urns come in many different materials and styles, but marble urns can offer a natural beauty, sturdiness, and durability that help it rise above many other choices.
Marble is a natural material made from limestone or dolomite rock, and it is one of the earth’s most amazing natural elements. Not only is marble practically indestructible, but it has a richness and beauty that will compliment any urn design. Marble is a practical and luxurious way to store your pet’s remains safely and in style.
Here are a few great reasons to choose a marble urn:
Sturdiness – Marble has a natural strength and durability that makes it the perfect material for an urn. A marble urn can withstand the elements and is much less likely to be damaged in a flood or any other weather related disaster.
Natural resistance – Some families may want the option of sitting their pet urns outside or in an outdoor porch area. Marble has a natural resistance to rainy weather. A marble urn can sit outside in wet climates, and families will not have to be concerned about rusting or corrosion of any kind. This is most important in certain areas of the country, like the Pacific Northwest, which keeps a misty rainy climate most of the year.
Wonderful Tradition – Being a longtime symbol of family tradition, a marble urn is a beautiful way to keep the memory of your pet alive in a classic and refined way. In various folklore traditions, marble is known as a pure stone and is associated with the idea of immortality.
Easy to maintain – Marble is very easy to clean, which makes it a practical choice for your pet urn. A soft damp cloth is all you need to wipe away any stains or dust accumulated. Once marble is wiped to dry, it is just like new. Using any type of cleanser, natural or otherwise, is not recommended for cleaning marble urns, as they may actually stain the material.
Often chosen as the material choice for royalty, artists, and architects, marble, with its grand beauty and undeniable strength and durability, is a great choice for families desiring the best in their pet urn.
Cremation Vs. Burial: The Best Way to Honor Your Pet
Poetry is a Beautiful Way to Memorialize Your Pet
The time shared with our beloved pets is priceless. These memories are cherished for a lifetime. When pets pass away, families look for special ways to keep them in their hearts and minds. Poetry is a perfect way to personalize a pet’s funeral or memorial service; and having a poem engraved on an urn, can make the moment last long after your beloved pets have passed on.
Whether light-hearted, sentimental, or both; sentiments for a pet can be expressed beautifully through poetry. What better way to memorialize that special family member than to have an artistic expression of what they meant to you and your family.
Many writers and poets have written poetry perfectly suited for this time. Poems expressing love and appreciation for all the joy pets bring to our lives. An original poem written by the entire family or a standard classic poem on loss can keep memories alive for days to come. Whenever thoughts and memories of a pet loved one arise, poetry can be comforting to the soul.
There are also many poems written by those who have personally experienced the loss of their pets. These poems are inspiring examples of poetic ways to eternalize your pet’s memory.
Tribute to a Best Friend is a beautiful example of a poem expressing memories of a pet that has passed away. The author reflects on the place where his beloved pet used to lie in the sunlight and remembers the sounds of paws that would “joyously abound”. These are memories that many can relate to, because family pets become a very special part of our homes.
Excerpt from Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound…
A Poem for Cats was written for our feline friends that have passed on. This poem speaks of God, calling the pet home, and the cat’s soul, answering “Oh yes, ….and as a cat, you know I am most able to decide anything for myself”. It speaks genuinely of the independent nature of our feline family members.
Excerpt from A Poem for Cats
And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.
Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certain…
Making Your Pet’s Death Less Stressful By Planning Ahead
Pre-planning for your pet’s death is difficult for most families to think about. Our pets are very special members of our family, and when they leave us, we miss them dearly. Death, is sadly, a part of every life, but planning for it ahead of time, makes it a bit easier to handle.
Times of grieving are hard enough without having to decide how to lay your beloved pet to rest. This can be one of the busiest times of our lives; combined with work, parenting, and all the other duties that lie before us. It is more important than ever to be organized and to have a plan to follow.
By making a few important decisions beforehand, the death of your family pet, though still a very sad time, does not have to be as hectic and stressful as it could be if you lack preparation.
- First, gather with your family and decide how you want to honor the life of your pet. You may decide to have a memorial service for the immediate family or invite other family members and friends, especially if you have children who were close to your pet. Surrounding yourself with family and friends can provide a source of comfort for every family member.
- Sometimes a pet may need to be euthanized or “put to sleep”, due to chronic illness. You will have the option of having your beloved pet cremated and the ashes placed in an urn. If this unfortunate situation happens, it is best to know if you want to keep the ashes or dispose of the ashes in a special place that has meaning for you and your family. If your pet dies at home, it is even more important to have made this decision ahead of time. Should you choose to bury your pet, a memorial marker, the equivalent of a tombstone, can be placed in the ground to honor the life and death of this very special family member.
- Before deciding to euthanize your pet, it is vital to have a conversation with the veterinarian about your options. There have been so many advances in medical care for animals that it is wise to be well informed before making a final decision.
- If you choose a burial or funeral service instead of cremation, you will need to agree on the burial location. Some families choose a pet cemetery, but many families bury their pet loved ones in the backyard, or some other location around the family home. You will need to decide what is best for your family.
- Setting aside the finances for your pet burial or cremation will make this difficult time a lot easier to bare. Money is not something you want to have to discuss or be worried about when you are grieving the loss of your pet. Decide in advance what amount of money is reasonable for your family to spend on a burial or cremation.
Preparation is a great way to ease the stress of loss. Though your pet’s death certainly will not be a popular topic to approach; it is a fact of life and must be addressed. It is better to tackle this conversation when your pet is alive and well, and still bringing joy to you and your loved ones.
Rising Popularity of Pet Cemeteries
You can ask anyone who has a pet how they feel about their furry friend and they’ll tell you, “They’re part of the family.” People don’t look at a pet as just a dog or cat. Their beloved friend means much more. Therefore, it’s very common that when their pet passes, a piece of them is taken too.
With pet cremation services like ours, it’s comforting to know your pet has a beautiful final resting place. Aside from pet cremation, cemeteries around the country are designating places of burial for family pets. Many cemeteries will even perform a funeral service at the gravesite. This is an intimate opportunity to reflect on the beautiful life of the pet.
Having a place to visit your precious pet brings relief to those who had to say good-bye. The state of New York, for example, just passed a law that will allow human remains to be buried at pet cemeteries. To those whose pets were like family, this is a beautiful way to never have to be without your loving pet again.
In Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, family and friends often visit the Rienzi Cemetery to have a chat with their beloved pet that’s been buried there. Set in a beautiful location, nearly 200 gravesites serve as the final resting place for family pets.
Mary Marlowe, of Fond du Lac, unfortunately lost her husband and their two dogs shortly after. She decided to bury her dogs alongside her husband and said, “It’s a good place to go. It means a lot to me because the ones I love are there.”
If you have the chance to lay your pet in a cemetery, we’d like to introduce our memorial markers. Each maker will be engraved with your pet’s name, his or her life span and any other sentiments you wish to add. The markers are a special way to honor your beloved furry friend.
There are a variety of markers to choose from, ranging from staked into the ground to lying embedded into the ground. With our memorial markers and a final resting place, your pet will never be forgotten. To view our memorial markers, click here.
You can read more about the rising trend of pet cemeteries here.
Wooden Memorial Urns for Pet Ashes
Our pet cremation services give those who’ve lost a pet the peace of mind knowing their companion will always remain by their side. After you’ve made the decision to cremate your pet, it’s time to decide what kind of urn will contain their ashes. We know that this choice is the very last you want to make.
To help you in the decision-making, we’d like to recommend a wooden urn for your pet’s cremains. Wooden urns are timeless, classic and are a reflection of beauty, serenity and comfort. With a variety of wood types to choose from, you’ll have provided your pet with a tribute that is unique to the life they brought you.
Urns made of wood are also very durable and handcrafted with excellence. Most wooden urns can hold weight from 5 to 100 pounds. Using the strongest hardware and perfected constructed, you’ll always be able to have your beloved pet’s memory and ashes with you.
For those who want something more for their passing friend, a wooden urn is a great choice. The urn you choose will be unlike any other, which is symbolic of your pet’s life. A wooden urn will help to honor their memory and reflect the love you added to each other’s lives.
We have an assortment of wooden pet urns available in a variety of solid woods including cedar, cherry, oak, redwood. Making this difficult process easier on you is our top priority. To personalize the urn, we can laser engrave or attach a nameplate.
To view our wooden memorial urns for pet ashes, you can click here.
The Deep Connection With Our Dogs
We all love our pets. They’re one of the family. We spend money, time, energy and our love on them because they are so dear to us. Pets of all kind show us the same care and attention, which a natural give and take. Dogs especially seem to have a special bond with their owners. It’s no surprise we call them man’s best friend. Some owners even believe dogs acquire human qualities, with the ability to understand what were thinking and how we’re feeling.
If we care for them so much, why would you let the funeral go to the wayside. Losing a pet and having to deal with the loss of a family member is tough, but not accepting it at all can be tougher. Grieving should be part of the process and a nice pet funeral or service should be a respectful loving way to send them off after the life the pet provided for you. Whether you have a pet cremation service or want an urn to keep with you, a funeral or passing service should be in your plans.
We care a lot about our dogs. Here is some interesting information on just how much a dog’s relations to humans affects our lives and the impact they have.
Going Green With Biodegradable Urns
Sustainability and environmentally-friendly living plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives. It is more important than ever that options are made available for those who are dedicated to maintaining a green lifestyle.
We offer a variety of biodegradable urns that make it easy for families to choose a beautiful resting place for their pet’s remains, while remaining kind to the earth. All of our biodegradable urns are handcrafted from recycled materials, using antique molds. Families can feel good about choosing a stylish and unique urn for their pet that is also safe for the environment.
Biodegradable products help to sustain the planet’s resources because they are made from materials that are naturally renewing themselves each year; and they will decompose back into the soil. This means that no materials used in the making of the product that will not be organically replaced. This is becoming increasingly important to many pet owners, who care deeply about nature, animals, and the environment.
Choosing to go green doesn’t mean sacrificing the style and beauty of your pet’s urn. Families who lay their pet family members to rest can still choose a style of urn that fits the pet’s personality, and reflects the memory of what your loved one meant to you and your family. Our biodegradable pet urns come in floral designs, heart-shapes, and ocean sand and quartz designs, with a plentiful array of choices.
Going green gives humans the opportunity to be kind to a planet that is kind to us. In our everyday lives, as inhabitants of the planet, we can make choices that will sustain its resources. Life and death are a natural cycle for all of us and we must remember that our pets are a living breathing part of this planet that we love so much. If going green is important to you and your family, a biodegradable urn, is the perfect way to provide a beautiful and stylish resting home for your pet family member, in an environmentally-friendly way.
Different Materials For Your Pet Cremation Urn
Cloisonné Pet Urns
Losing a pet is just as devastating as losing a person close to you. Our pet cremation services cater to helping lift some of the pain knowing you’ll have a tangible reminder of the joy brought to you by your pet.
Devoted to honoring the life of a family’s pet, we provide quality urns for the pet’s ashes. No matter where you go in life, your beloved pet will always be with you in a beautiful urn. Our Cloisonné Pet Urns serve as a beautiful tribute and safe keeping place for your pet’s ashes.
Cloisonné is an ancient Chinese art form for applying enamels of all colors to the surface of a metal object. This unique technique creates a beautiful picture that serves as a backdrop to capture the amazing life of your pet.
The Chinese Cloisonné method has set the standard for how all Cloisonné products are made today. In regards to the world’s fine art, the Chinese Cloisonné technique is a major contributor. The method of Cloisonné is quite intricate and requires a considerable amount of skill.
To give you a sense of the time, detail and dedication a craftsman takes to create a Cloisonné, below is a summary of the process.
To begin, a design needs to be created. The compartments or “cloisons” are made and closed using thin wires of gold and silver. The design consists of various compartments, which end up looking a lot like a mosaic once put together.
Once the compartments have been cleaned of debris, the enamel is spooned into each compartment and fired into a kiln. After the kiln firing, the enamel needs to cool completely and be ground down to remove uneven surfaces and bumps.
More enamel is then applied and the object is placed into the kiln. This is an ongoing process until the wire is secured to the object and the color is sealed.
After the last firing in the kiln, the entire piece is polished for shine.
According to eHow’s article Cloisonné Method, “The enamel provides the substance of the design, but the compartments give it form. Shape and color are the essence of Cloisonné.”
Our website has a variety of Cloisonné urns to choose from. Each one has been created to hold the ashes of your adored pet. We hope that our urns serve as a beautiful tribute to your loving pet.
(Source – eHow’s “Cloisonné Method” http://www.ehow.com/way_5336627_cloisonne-method.html)
Explaining A Pet’s Death To A Child
Explaining the death of a family pet can be tough for parents of young children. Often times, it’s the child’s first encounter with death. Young children aren’t developmentally ready to understand death in the same way adults do. With pets, they see them every day, so it’s difficult to understand why they are no longer present. Each parent handles the situation differently, which is appropriate. You know your kids better than others. However, parents sometimes explain the death of a pet in vague ways or skirt the topic altogether. That method could make it even more confusing or not really help them in the end.
As children grow and get older, they approach and handle death differently and in fact, have a different view of what death actually is. According to experts on children.webmd.com, they think and believe differently as they develop.
“From ages 3 to 5, children tend to view death as temporary and reversible. They may believe you can bring a pet back to life by taking it to the doctor for a shot.”
“From ages 6 to 8, children usually know death is irreversible but believe it only happens to others. They understand the concept but may not be able to accept that a death is happening to them.”
“From ages 9 to 11, children come to understand that death is inevitable, even for them. However, children in these age ranges may still feel somewhat responsible for the pet’s death, thinking their beloved pet may not have died if only they’d taken her for more dog walks or kept the water bowl full.”
It’s important to tell children the truth and be honest with them. Accuracy and honesty will actually go a long way in creating a comfortable sense of what happened. Confusion and vagary will only add more fear and emotion to the situation.
Losing a pet is tough, but remember, it can be even more tough for a young child. You can find more helpful tips reading the subject here.
Pet Memorial Jewelry A New Trend
Planning A Pet Funeral
Losing a pet is an undeniably tough experience, especially one that has been in your family for a long period. A pet funeral is not a new thing either, they have dated back thousands of years including as far back as pre Christ era. Petplace.com’s Renae Hamrick even wrote in an article on their website, “Pet burials and memorials have existed for a long time; records of them exist as far back as the B.C. years. In fact, according to National Geographic, the oldest known pet cat was found in a 9,500 year old grave on the island of Cyprus, buried with a human.”
The planning process is of course different from a typical funeral or burial we unfortunately experience with our friends and family members, but the seriousness and attitude remains the same. You want to have a nice ceremony to respectfully honor and remember the good times and love you shared for the pet. So how do you get started? In the same article, Hamrick offers these things to consider when planning a pet funeral with your family.
• Paw prints or hair clippings desired
• Type of body care
• Pet’s favorite things to be buried or cremated with body
• Location for pet’s remains to rest
• Funeral home, crematorium, cemetery, etc. services used
• Urn, casket, or memorial stone to be used
• Wording for memorial stone or urn/casket plaque
• Type of memorial service
• Guests for memorial service
• Ideas for memorial services – music, pictures, speakers, poems, etc.
Especially for families who have younger children, having a nice planned ceremony will set a good example and show respect for how to properly treat any animal and future pet. Get your family involved to get through the emotional pains of mourning your pet.
The Five Stages of Grief: Pets
We have discussed the tragedy of pet loss previously, and for this post we would like to take you further into the grief process. We bring five tips that aid in the healing process, and may answer questions we sometimes don’t think to ask ourselves.
The first thing to realize is that feeling this way is okay. It is not crazy or unnatural to love a pet as much as a human, especially when the companion has been with you for a long time. The closer you get to your friend, the more it hurts when they’re gone. The key to feeling okay again is acceptance. Just as we go through five stages of grief with family death, the same holds true for pet loss.
Accept that you have loved your companion to the best of your ability and that your pet was happy and cared for each day of their life. Doing this will push you to realize that a dog, cat, or ferret has never outlived a human being. Accepting that your pet has lived a full and happy life will help you to let go.
Well, letting go of a pet is a lot easier said than done. Sometimes it isn’t as simple as just accepting that a pet is gone, and we get that. We bring you five pieces of advice, to help you move forward after a heartbreaking pet loss.
1- Find a support system. Talk to other pet enthusiasts, or friends who loved the pet as well. Browse through old photos and tell the story behind the day the picture was taken. Remembering the pet’s life helps you realize how happy your furry friend was.
2- Share stories with other people who have lost pets, sometimes helping someone else through grief can actually help heal your own wounds. http://www.reddit.com/r/Petloss/ is a great forum for remembering pets all over the globe.
3- Bond with any remaining pets. Household pets are attuned to your feelings and easily pick up on your emotions. This means they are feeling the loss too, and snuggling together can help take that pain away. We suggest this for pets that are already in the home, obtaining a new companion too soon after pet loss is often difficult on emotions.
4- We suggest boxing up or giving away old pet belongings soon after the loss. Seeing an empty place setting or toy can be enough to set you off, just after you began to feel okay again.
5- Remember that what you are feeling is normal, and it is okay. People who have never had a pet, or do not enjoy animals do not always understand, so it is best to talk about your grief with other pet owners.
3 Ways to Remember Your Pets
Most people don’t think of the many ways to remember their beloved pets. Yes, photographs and videos offer up specific memories, but they don’t always have the sentimental and precious value that you’d like to remember them with.
So, while you may already know of one or more of these, here are 3 ways to keep your pets in your heart forever:
1 – Pet Urns – This one is pretty common and fairly obvious, consider what we do. Urns offer a special decoration for your house so that you can keep your lost pet in your home forever. Put it in a place where you will see it often or in your pets favorite room.
2 – Memorial Markers – If you choose to bury your pet, as many do, you’ll want to mark the spot with a marker. These can feature your pet’s name and come in a variety of materials, including granite and slate, both of which will help to preserve those precious memories forever.
3 – Keepsake Jewelry – You can keep these lovely pieces of jewelry with you at all times and, inside, you can keep a bit of fur or your pet’s ashes. Necklaces work great for this, as the memory of your pet will always be close to your heart. Of course, you can always go with a bracelet as well.
Figurine Urns at Pet Urns
You’ll notice, if you look through our site, that we offer a wide variety of pet urns. It may be difficult to sort through all of them, so from time to time we will highlight a particular style.
Our figurine pet urns feature premium wood construction and a model of your particular breed on top. You can choose from 3 styles of wood (oak, maple and walnut) and you can choose from almost every breed imaginable! Also, the figurines come in two options, colorful and bronze, depending on your taste.
For example, here is a bronze bull terrier figurine urn:
The detail is incredible and you can really get a sense of the animal’s personality in this. Of course, you have more options for many breeds. The bull terrier urns come in bronze and 5 colored versions, in different poses and expressions.
So, take a look through our pet figurine urn collection and find what you need. If you have any questions, please contact us, as we are here to assist you in any way possible.
Coping with Loss and Grief
After losing his wife, C.S. Lewis once wrote that grief feels a lot like fear. This is a very accurate depiction, no?
But why? Why does grief feel like fear? That doesn’t seem to make sense at first. After all, fear usually comes as a result of danger to oneself, so it doesn’t seem to fit in times of grief.
But, we all fear different things. Usually, when we thinking of fear, we associate it with danger, but this is not always or even usually the case. We get scared when filling out and sending in job applications, when taking tests, when moving to new places and… when feeling alone.
When we lose someone, pets included, we get scared because we wonder: will anyone else come into my life to fill this person’s position? And the answer is always the same: No.
This is true, no other pet can replace your recently lost dog, cat, bird or anything else. That was a special animal that you took time to build a relationship with. They learned to make you smile through the years and they did things that no future pet will do. You’ll not ever be able to recreate those moments.
But that’s okay!
While we can’t recreate the special times in our past, we can cherish them as beloved memories and look forward to new moments in the present and future.
Welcome to Pet Cremation Services
Welcome to Pet Cremation Services’ blog. We want to offer a venue for general information regarding pets, our services and how to get through the loss of your pet. While a lot of people (most of whom have likely not had pets) would disregard the sorrow that comes with losing a pet, we at Pet Cremation Services know that those feelings are very real and that you go through a very sad time when losing your little companions. Your dog might not be able to hold a conversation and your cat probably can’t help with housework, but they bring all of us joy throughout their lives and ours. So, it is not only normal to feel pain at the loss of your pet, it is completely okay.
So, keep checking in for posts regarding pets, Pet Cremation Services, pet memorial urns and how to cope with the loss of a pet. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 702-683-9941 (Las Vegas) or 775-727-0920 (Pahrump).