A Guide to options for Pets being laid to rest in Australia: From Affordable to Extravagant Farewells
Losing a beloved pet is an emotional experience, and deciding how to respectfully lay them to rest can be challenging. In Australia, there are various options available for laying a pet to rest. We will cover options from the least expensive to the most extravagant, providing insights into the price ranges for each option.
- Check the pulse of the pet to ensure their heartbeat and breathing has actually stopped.
- Place a towel under the tail and mouth of the pet. This will protect the floor. If the pet dies with their legs stretched out, gently fold them back in close to the body if they haven’t already stiffened. This will make them easier to move.
- Ring the closest Vet Clinic and wrap the pet in a couple of plastic bags and move to a cool, dry place such as a garage.
- Transport to the Vet in your car for staff to place them in their fridge as soon as possible.
Laying your Pet to Rest – some options and costs
Burial in the Garden:
One of the most affordable and sentimental options is burying your pet in your own garden. The cost primarily involves purchasing a pet casket or biodegradable burial shroud, which can range from $20 to $200. Some local councils may have restrictions on pet burials, so it’s important to check regulations before proceeding.
Cremation is a popular choice for pet owners seeking a respectful and portable memorial. In Australia, cremation costs can vary significantly depending on the size of the pet, location, and whether you opt for individual or communal cremation. Generally, communal cremation costs range from $100 to $300, while individual cremation can range from $200 to $600 or more. They will remove your pet’s collar beforehand for you to keep, or discard.
Sprinkling Ashes in the Garden or Ocean:
After cremation, you may choose to scatter your pet’s ashes in a meaningful location. Sprinkling ashes in your garden or a favorite outdoor spot is a personal and cost-effective option. If you prefer to scatter the ashes in the ocean, some companies provide specialized biodegradable urns designed for water ceremonies, ranging from $50 to $200.
Burial in a Pet Cemetery:
Pet cemeteries offer a dedicated resting place for your beloved companion. The costs associated with pet cemeteries can vary based on location and the level of services provided. Basic plots can range from $500 to $1,500, or $63 a month while more elaborate options, such as headstones or memorial plaques, can cost several thousand dollars.
Shooting Out into Fireworks or Space:
For those seeking a unique and extravagant farewell, companies now offer services that incorporate ashes into fireworks displays or even launch them into space. Shooting ashes into fireworks can cost between $2,000 and $5,000, while space memorial options can range from $2,500 to $12,000 or more.
Veterinary Arranged Disposal:
If you prefer to leave the arrangements to professionals, many veterinarians offer pet disposal services. The costs involved can vary depending on the size of your pet, transportation, cremation, and any additional memorial options you choose. Prices typically start around $150 and can go up to several hundred dollars.
In weighing up all your options, consider your budget, sentimental attachment, and any regulations or restrictions in your area when making your decision. Remember that saying goodbye to a cherished companion is a personal process, and whichever option you choose, it should provide comfort and closure during this difficult time.
The death of a pet isn’t easy, and will be even harder on you if they die in your home when you are alone. Call a friend, family member, or a Pet loss counselling line for support in your time of need.
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