Saying farewell to your pet
Many pet owners view their pets as integral members of the family. When the time comes to bid farewell to your pet, it can be an emotionally challenging moment. Your pet has been a part of your life for a significant period, and their passing will leave a significant void for you and your family. In most cases, the loss of a pet is sudden, prompting you to decide how to say your goodbyes. Nowadays, there are several ways to do so.
Burial of your pet
One such option is burying your pet. In the Netherlands, you are allowed to bury your pet in your garden, provided you do not wrap the pet in plastic and dig a grave that is at least one meter deep. If burial is your preference, it’s advisable to check with your local municipality beforehand to understand the regulations. This helps prevent any unpleasant surprises. Keep in mind that burying in your own garden means leaving your pet behind if you move.
Disposal through destruction
You can also opt to have your pet disposed of through destruction. This is usually done through your veterinarian. In this process, your deceased pet is collected alongside other animals by a disposal company and subsequently destroyed. Note that with destruction, you leave your pet at the veterinarian’s office, and no keepsake is preserved.
Cremation of your pet
The final option is the cremation of your pet. For this, you would visit a specialized pet crematorium like Amadeus in Nijmegen. You can directly contact the crematorium or arrange for the cremation through your veterinarian. With pet cremation, you have the choice between individual or collective cremation. Opting for individual cremation provides you the opportunity to have the ashes of your beloved pet processed into a beautiful keepsake. This could be an ash pendant or an urn.
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