Definitions and FAQs

Remains – The body of the deceased animal

Crematory/Crematorium – The facility which houses the cremation chamber  

Cremation Chamber – The machine used to perform the cremation process

Cremation – An irreversible process with the use of high temperature to reduce animal remains to bone fragments

Cremation Container - Combustible box designed to encase the animal and become incinerated during cremation process

Cremated Remains – Bone fragments remaining after the cremation process 

Pulverization Process – A mechanical device used to further reduce the size of cremated remains from small bone fragments to an unidentifiable powdery like consistency.

Final Disposition – The final resting place for the cremated remains

Inurnment - Cremated remains transferred into a container for final disposition in an above ground niche or below ground in a grave.

Can my veterinarian help me plan my pet’s cremation?

Yes. Even though most veterinarians have some knowledge of the cremation process, it is not their profession nor are they well versed in the procedures. However, Friends Forever Pet Crematory only provides trained licensed Funeral Directors who have extensive knowledge and experience in pet cremation and the death care industry.

What if my pet dies at home or when my veterinarian is closed?

The death care industry runs 365/24/7. So, as Licensed Funeral Directors we understand that we may be needed at a moment’s notice. Whether you need us in the middle of the night or on a holiday, we are here for you and are ready to respond immediately.

Are all pet crematories the same?

Not at all. Unlike some crematories that operate like a disposal business and go unregulated by the state, we do things differently. We care for all of the animals as if they were the people that we care for at our funeral homes. Every member of our staff is committed to creating a heart-warming experience for our pet parents.

With very few regulations in place for pet crematories, how can I make sure that my pet is being handled with respect?

Choose Friends Forever Pet Crematory! If you are trying to decide between us or another crematory then we advise you to ask your Veterinarian or Cremation Provider the following questions:

  • What is the name and phone number of the pet crematory? It is best to go right to the source if you have any questions about the services being performed.
  • Where is the crematory located? Many families are unaware that their pet is being taken far away to have the cremation process completed.
  • How and where is my pet kept until cremation?
  • How will my pet be transported to the crematory?
  • May I walk through the facility where my pet’s cremation will be taking place?
  • When will my pet be cremated and returned to me? Many are shocked when they hear that their pet will be held at the Vet’s office in a cooler with other animals in the same compartment for several days to a week before they are picked up in bulk with other animals by the cremation provider. Then, learn it will be another week before their pet’s cremated remains are available to be picked up.

Can I make preparations in advance?

Yes. As in funeral service, we encourage you to make arrangements with us ahead of time because being prepared helps relieve some of the stress and burden of having to make hasty decisions.

Should I bury or cremate my pet? 

This is a decision that is completely up to you. However, the majority of pets are cremated for the following reasons:

Many municipalities’ laws consider it illegal for owners to bury their pets in their back yard. Furthermore, if you decide to bury your pet on your property and your municipality prohibits it, you may be forced to bury your pet in a pet cemetery or face fines. This option tends to be expensive because you will need to purchase a grave, an outer burial container if required by the cemetery for the casket or urn, and pay for the opening and closing of the grave.

Cremation is a much more simple and affordable option and you have the opportunity to take your pet’s cremated remains with you should you relocate.


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