I'm going to answer you even though the pain is very fresh and it's still killing me, I'd like to tell you how wonderful the cremation process was. It was the only part that could be considered a positive experience. My baby persian kitten (12 weeks old) died during surgery on 6/5. She had a congenital defect and I thought I left her there to be healed and they killed my baby. But her body was handled by Final Gift which is the pet crematorium for this area. They also advertise on this site so I think it's ok to give their name. In a few days, I received a phone call to pick up the ashes from the animal hospital. Which I made my boyfriend do because I can never bear to set foot in there again. They are in a lovely mahogany box shaped urn. They put them and a card with the "rainbow bridge" poem in a small plain "gift bag". I have them at home and I am planting a rose in her honor. You can also order plaques and statues from them. Also, if you google "pet memorials" or "pet cemetaries" you can see what else is available. I know there are some in CT but I have not looked into those.
im studying mortuary science annd right now a big topic is pet memorialization. there is so much neat stuff out there that you can do to comemorate the life of a pet. One thing i like is a product called "buddies" which can take a paw print and put in on jewlery. I think pet memorialization will become more common in the near future
One thing i like is a product called "buddies" which can take a paw print and put in on jewlery.
my mother had that done with her dog kohl. the crematorium took an imprint of his paw and sent it away and had a ring made with his pawprints all over it. it is very expensive though. it cost her a little over $500 for the ring.
there are so many things you can do nowadays to memorialize your pet, however the cost of most of them are prohibitive to most people.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
I have heard of a Burial ground before. Mabey you could check into the newspaper. I see a lot of advertizments for that sort of thing in there.
I don't do professional Burials, so my backyard is like a cemitary! My bunny Coco died about two years ago because it was paralized on its waist down. We had to wash him everyday. He couldn't move, so I couldn't move. I think we all have that connection with our pets or we wouldn't be talking about them so much. Back to the bunny, we made plans to get him put to sleep the next day so that night, we all kissed and hugged him, said our goodbies and went to bed. It was a good thing because when we woke up the next morning, he had already passed away.
My family wraps up the deceased animal in a cloth/blanket and my Father makes a Cross with the animal's name on it and our family's initials. He then digs a hole large enough for the animal and places the animal in carefully. Then he takes plastic wrap and covers the animal's face. (We do that because the younger kids don't want he/she to get dirty while it's sleeping). Then we invite all of the kids from the neighborhood to come down to our yard with cards and flowers and things that he'll need in heaven.
It's little things like that that make life more easier for some people. Like me!
The loss of a pet is very painfull and handled differenlty by all of us. We had a preciuos fifteen year old Tonkinese cat. Bosco. We loved him as one can love a pet the most. He came down with diabetes and endured life prolonging shots for a year...then we saw that it was too much for him endure and we needed to have him put to sleep. The is a very nice memorial for him in our back yard where we buried him.