Pet Cremation Emerges as Option for Grieving Owners

By Kristen Seymour | Category: Care & Safety | 5 comments
Tags: care & safety, lifestyle & trends

Trend shows rise in pet parents choosing cremation for departed pets.

While it’s becoming more and more common for pet owners to include their pets in their wills, another, seemingly contradictory trend is on the rise -- opting for cremation of pets rather than a burial, reports the Los Angeles Times .

It’s no secret that everyone, animal lovers included, has been affected by the current economy, and pet owners choosing cremation for their pets is just another example of people finding ways to cut costs. Mike Detlefsen, president of Pet Haven Cemetery & Crematory in Gardena, told the Los Angeles Times, “The economy is cutting them back from spending $800 on a burial compared to an $80 cremation.” The savings comes from not having to purchase a casket or granite markers.

However, it’s important to note that cremation for humans is on the rise, and just as we see dogs sporting trendy collars and clothes to match their owner’s duds, it’s likely that many people are selecting cremation over burial simply because it’s becoming more fashionable to do so.

The increase in cremations might be saving owners money in some respects, but the trend has created growth in another -- pet memorial items, like urns and other items designed to transport a pet’s remains, which can begin as low as $35 or so for a decorated cardboard tube, and can reach prices most of us could only imagine.

Have you ever had to make the choice between cremation and burial? What did you choose, and why?

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Pet Memorial Lady H.
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Pet Memorial Lady H.
3 years ago

I have heard that some communities have laws about burying a pet on your property. If this is the case I think that cremation would be better than a pet cemetery as you could keep the remains close by. My own beloved cat Mandy died at 19 years old and I buried her in the back yard, under a rose bush in an upholstered box I had made for my mother's keepsakes years ago.

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Ches21
3 years ago

My grandma had her golden retriever Ann Creamated when I was just 4 or 5 years old and I would like to have Teddy creamated but I would have a hard time seeing that every day and I would rather have my memories such as my pictures and Teddy's favorite blanket.

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