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Pet Ashes

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Sink' started by timothyu, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    Why is there still some stigma about a pet's ashes (or portion thereof) going down to be with their human in their casket or urn for eternity if the human so desires?
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2020
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  2. Aussie Pete

    Aussie Pete Well-Known Member Supporter

    First up, the human ashes won't be there for eternity. The human will rise from the dead. I don't know about the pet, but the pet ashes won't last for eternity anyway. I think it's a bit weird, but it is also none of my business. As far as I'm concerned, it is only the physical body that dies. I believe that God takes the spirit of the creature back to Himself when it dies. I'm not fussed about what happens to me when I die. My will says "cheapest funeral possible". Funerals are for those left behind. I'd rather my kids have a little extra money than spend it on a funeral.
  3. pdudgeon

    pdudgeon Traditional Catholic Supporter

    United States
    Why not do it the opposite way? So instead of your pet going down with you, why not go down with your pet?
    Just make arrangements to be cremated and reserve part of your ashes.
    Then when your pet dies, make more arrangements for them to be cremated, bury the cremains in your garden, and surround them with a ring of catnip, (if your pet is a cat) and your reserved ashes.
  4. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

    United States
    Legal Union (Other)
    Military cemeteries don't allow it, but... my family discovered that all ashes look much the same...
  5. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

    Actually there seems to be no stigma there as people are allowed to be buried in a pet cemetery with their pet, but often not the other way around. How is the ashes of Rover or Kitty in the same urn or on a lap in a coffin the concern of anyone else?
  6. jayem

    jayem Naturalist

    If you want to preserve a deceased pet for later burial with you (or just to keep your pet with you) s(he) can be be freeze-dried. No joke. It’s not taxidermy. The process maintains the shape and appearance pretty much indefinitely. Obviously, I don’t think it’s applicable for a horse, or for yourself (though human body parts can be freeze-dried. Check the link.) And it’s probably more costly than cremation. But it’s another option.

    Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever