Private cremation means that your pet is the only animal being cremated, and the ashes are collected and returned to you. We will call you when the ashes are returned, usually in 1-2 weeks. Ashes may be preserved, buried, or scattered in special places depending on local regulations.
Semi-private cremation means that multiple pets are being cremated at the same time, but they are individually divided and ashes can be preserved and returned to you.
Non-private or group cremation means that there are multiple pets being cremated at the same time, so individual ashes cannot be preserved and are not returned to you.
Radiant Heart, formerly Life Cycles, is a local Bellingham facility that specializes in private and semi-private cremations with various options, including custom urns, paw impressions, nose prints, and the ability to witness cremations. Radiant Heart handles their own billing, and pets may be transported by the owner or by Radiant Heart staff. More information is available at https://www.radiant-heart.net/
Gateway Pet Memorial is a larger-scale facility located in the Seattle area. They offer semi-private and non-private cremations. With semi-private cremation, ashes are returned in either an urn or a cherry wood box with an option for customized name plate.
No other extra options are available. Gateway handles transport of both pets and ashes, return of which typically takes 1-2 weeks, and billing is handled by the veterinarian.
When ashes are returned to the clinic, we will give you a call.
If you have any questions about which option may be best for you, please give us a call at 354-5095.