how does cremation work

How Does Cremation Work

Are you asking, “How does cremation work?” If so, it’s a good question. Being informed about the process will help you make a decision about this difficult topic.

Cat and Dog Cremation

When a pet dies, you will need to make an important decision. Pet cremation is one option available to you. What is pet cremation?

Pet cremation is the process of turning your beloved pet’s body into ashes. After a pet dies, the veterinarian or you can call a pet crematorium. You can also call a regular crematory, but most pet owners desire one specifically for pets since they understand what pet owners need when losing a precious dog or cat.

The pet crematory can pick up the pet at the veterinary office or at your home. Alternatively, you can bring the pet’s body to the pet crematorium.

After completing the paperwork, your pet will be placed inside of a special freezer or refrigerator depending on how long it will be before the cremation will take place.

Many crematories for pets allow people to watch the cremation. If that is something you are interested in, ask about it. There may be an additional fee for it, but it’s worth it for those last moments with your pet.

How Does Cremation Work Exactly

When it’s time for the cremation, your pet will be taken out of the fridge or freezer, and then placed in the retort. The retort is like an oven, but it’s just for pet cremation. A good pet cremation place will lay your pet inside delicately and then gently push him or her to the back before closing the door. Once the door is locked, the crematory staff will turn the heat on to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat vaporizes the body, and what’s left are just the bones and any metal particles that were in the pet’s body. A magnet is used to pick up the metal because it will not pulverize, which is the next step in the cremation process.

The bones and other matter left from the vaporizing are placed back in the retort. This is when the bones will be pulverized to a course, sand like substance – the ashes. Once this is complete, the crematory staff will remove the ashes from the retort and place them in a bag or other container to be delivered to you.

How Does Cremation Work with Private vs. Communal?

You have options when it comes to cremation. You can have a private or communal pet cremation. The private pet cremation is when the only animal inside the retort is your pet. This means all of the ashes are just of your pet. You can also have a communal, which is when your pet is placed with other pets, so the ashes are mixed. There’s a third option – separation pet cremation. This is not offered everywhere, but some pet crematoriums have retorts with sections. A pet is placed in each section and the ashes are separated. Even though the ashes are separated, they can be mixed with the other pets since the sections aren’t tight. It’s just not as mixed as the communal pet cremation.

Pet Urns for After Cremation

Now you know how cremation works. After you have it done, you will need something to put the ashes into, and pet urns are perfect. Cat and dog pet urns can be great ways to keep the memory alive of your pet. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor memorials.

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