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Pet Cremation Services (Aftercare Coordination)

When you schedule an appointment, we will discuss pet cremation options with you. After your beloved pet is laid to rest, La Fin Veterinary provides aftercare coordination services and customized urn options for you.

Type of Pet Cremation

Aquamation

  • We partner with a local, private small business for this type of pet aquamation. Note: Our partner offers a private space (by appointment) for euthanasia with their services if a family does not want to be in-home, but not in a clinical environment.​

  • Process: Aquamation, or "alkaline hydrolysis", is a process using heat, pressure, and a water-alkali solution. The aquamation process is the same as what happens naturally, but only takes only about a day to process your pet’s remains. Ashes tend to be a powder of white to tan coloration. Up to 30% more ashes are returned than traditional cremation.

  • Environmental Impact: Aquamation is more environmentally friendly.  "Waste" water is routinely tested safe before releasing back into the environment. There are no emissions directly created from the aquamation process itself.

  • How Remains are Processed:

    • Private/Individual Cremation ensures that your loved one will be individually cremated with the utmost respect and dignity.

    • Communal Cremation is an economical way to honor the life of a loved one. With this service, the remains of your loved one are cremated together with other individuals. No ashes are returned, but you can take comfort knowing that your loved one is remembered and honored. This service is perfect for those who do not wish to have a traditional funeral, or have limited resources.

  • If you choose private/individual cremation, the ashes are returned to you. You can choose to:

    • Have cremains mailed to you. Tracking and signature required will be part of the mailed package.

    • Have cremains hand-delivered to you by Dr. Charlie or one of our associates. Fees applies and may delay your pet's return.

Traditional Cremation

  • We partner with a local, private family-owned business for traditional pet cremation. Private viewings before cremation are available for an additional fee and appointment with our partner. 

  • Process: Traditional cremation uses fire to turn tissues and bone to ash.  Flame-based cremation is the most common type of cremation available and, as such, tends to currently be cheaper than aquamation. Ashes tend to be gray from carbon discoloration and are more coarse or granular.

  • Environmental Impact: Unfortunately, fire typically is produced from burning fossil fuels, releasing significant amounts of carbon dioxide and mercury into the environment in its exhaust vapors.

  • How Remains are Processed:

    • Private Cremation offers a dignified way to return your loved one's remains to you. Our partners ensure that every step of the process is handled with care and respect and the process is verified with Halcyon tracking. Your beloved one will have their own individual and isolated chamber and will be returned to you in an urn of your choice.

    • Communal Cremation are for families who would prefer us to handle a pet's cremains afterward, communal cremation is a cost-effective option for those looking to honor their pet in a respectful way. This service does not involve the return of ashes, but instead honors the pet through a group cremation ceremony.

  • If you choose private/individual cremation, the ashes are returned to you. You can choose to:

    • Pick up cremains at the facilities.

    • Have cremains mailed to you. Tracking and signature required will be part of the mailed package.

    • Have cremains hand-delivered to you by Dr. Charlie or one of our associates. Fees applies and may delay your pet's return.

Urn Options

 

If you choose a private cremation for your pet, there are a variety of urn options for how your pet's ashes return to you.

 

Please note the biodegradeable flower-printed earth urn is only available through aquamation process.

Urn Options through Aquamation

  • Our partner offers a variety of other urns, customization, and accessories. Please let us know if there's something specific you're looking for.

  • Urns can be mailed (with tracking and signature required), or dropped off (fee may apply).

  • Ashes are carefully returned to you in a standard biodegradable flower-printed "Earth Urn" or urn of your choosing. 

  • A certificate of aquamation will be provided.

Urn Options through Traditional Cremation

  • Our partner offers a wide variety of urns , customizations, and jewelry. Please let us know if there's something specific you're looking for.

  • Urns can be picked up from their facility, mailed (with tracking and signature required), or dropped off (fee may apply).

  • Ashes are carefully returned to you in an urn of your choice.

  • A certificate of cremation will be provided.

Photos: Urn Samples

Take a look at these photos of urn samples. Please note the options vary by type of cremation, price, and customization.

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