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Compassionate Options For Cremating A Dog

Losing a cherished pet can be a truly heartbreaking experience, whether you’ve been beside your canine since childhood, or if your dog has been taken far too soon due to other circumstances. The bond you built up with your pet was likely a special one, and although we can’t promise to replace this, at Cherished Hearts Cremations Ltd. we’re all about giving your treasured family pet or trusted companion the send-off they deserve. 

With assorted cremation options, an array of caskets, urns and keepsakes as well as dedicated choices for memorials and more, this blog will look to provide assurances that you’ll never be left without suitable options when the time comes to say goodbye to your pet. Read ahead for peace of mind that we can act as a compassionate partner in your time of need.

An engraved pawprint from a dog

Saying Goodbye

The circumstances will differ when you’ve been told some bad news about your pet, or you feel that they may be reaching the end of their life, with each owner coping differently in these instances. Though you’ll no-doubt be feeling a mix of emotions, the best thing to do is to make the most of the time you have left together. Give your pet as many happy moments as you can during the remainder of their life, be it over a matter of hours, days or months. Help your dog to enjoy their favourite activity with you and take them to the places they like to visit, be it a beach, particular park or location of significance.

When it comes to your very last moments together, and having to say goodbye one last time, you will likely want to have your pet live out their final moments in a place they feel comfortable - and the process of having your canine put to sleep can often be carried out in the home upon request. As upsetting as it may be, don’t leave your pet alone when they are put to sleep either, as this significant moment can act as one final moment with your companion. In the immediate aftermath, the best way to cope in this instance is by cherishing memories and celebrating their life. 

Exploring Your Options

Having said a final goodbye to your beloved pet, it may be time to explore burial or cremation options, while you and your family may already have ideas in mind for what would be a fitting process. Some owners may consider a pet burial as a fitting option to say goodbye to their pet, though in this instance it is important to consider practicalities such as whether you will be able to bury your pet in your own garden space, how your family will feel about this, as well as what you will do if you move home. 

Though more intimate home burials are the most common burial option in 2024, pet cemeteries do still exist, and  enable you to have your pet individually buried in a designated plot that you can mark with your own memorial. Likewise, less common but still an option, some people choose pet taxidermy as an alternative. With Cherished Hearts Cremations, there are options for both individual pet cremation or group cremations with other pets - and the former option means that you can retain the ashes of your companion, to be kept in your home at all times, to be scattered, or repurposed in another way.

The Cremation Process

Your partner throughout this tough period, we’re here to support you in arranging your pet's final journey, aware of the connection between owner and loyal pet. Whether you enjoyed the company of a dependable working dog, a pampered pooch or a faithful family companion, we can help you say goodbye in the right way with our comprehensive range of dog cremation options, suited to your circumstances, needs and wants. 

From transporting your dogs’ ashes to helping you choose the right urn or casket, we’ll take care of everything to make this time of mourning as hassle-free as possible for you. We start with collecting your pet, at a time that suits you, and our universal offering even means that we can travel throughout London, and can visit families or owners in the Home Counties. Our facilities allow us to cremate a wide variety of pets too, including cats, dogs, small pets and larger animals.

Caskets And Urns

Caskets and urns are a fitting way to commemorate the life of your pet, and can be used decoratively, to ensure your beloved animal remains within the very same home in which you shared so many memories. Keeping your cherished pet close by in some form can be a great comfort for many people, and at Cherished Hearts Cremations, we can provide a wide range of pet urns, caskets and scatter tubes, each incorporating your own ideas, from colours and patterns to individual touches such as text or images. 

We appreciate that everyone wants to remember their pet in a different way, which is why we offer a wide selection of designs, colours, sizes and styles to suit all preferences and budgets. Adding a personalised message can make any chosen memorial that much more special, and we can add an engraved message, such as your pet's name, to most types of casket. We offer a number of options, including laser engraved tags and printed photographs too.

A wooden urn of a sleeping cat

Trinkets Or Accessories

Trinkets and accessories are another way to provide a legacy for your canine, and for those who want to keep a small part of their departed animal close at all times, memorial jewellery can act as a lovely tribute. These pieces often come in the form of necklaces, bracelets or keychains that contain a compartment for a small portion of your pet's ashes. Wearing such a keepsake allows you to carry the memory of your pet with you wherever you go, which can provide a sense of comfort and connection to them.

Similarly, memory boxes act as a practical and sentimental way to preserve the memories of your pet. These boxes can be used to store items such as collars, toys, photos and other memorabilia that hold special meaning. You may want to choose a beautifully crafted box that complements your home decor, making it a discreet yet meaningful tribute. These boxes can include a small amount of your pet’s ashes too, to make them especially personal and commemorative.

Cherished Hearts Cremations Ltd: Thoughtful Small Animal Cremations And More

Dedicated to providing an empathetic and helpful service during your period of grief, at Cherished Hearts Cremations, we have a love for all pets of all descriptions. Being pet owners ourselves, we completely understand the value of a compassionate and caring service during one of the most stressful and upsetting times for any animal lover. Being situated just outside of central London, we aim to offer a quick and reliable service that’s tailored around your needs and time frame, while we’re of course more than happy to offer advice on what the next best steps are for your situation.

If this is your first time dealing with the loss of a pet, it can be hard to work out where to begin. Our team is here to support you throughout your pet's final journey, available 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday), while we are always happy to talk through your ideas. We’ll do all we can to help you give your pet the perfect send-off with a thoughtful animal cremation service, so please get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help.

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