Pets are family and when they pass many people want to honor them in a dignified and memorable way. There are many different pet urns available that allow families to do this. In this blog we describe a few of the more popular pet cremation urns available today.
The Living Urn® for Pets
The Living Urn for Pets gives families the ability to grow a beautiful and enduring living tree memorial of their beloved pet. This patented pet bio urn and planting system comes with everything you need to grow a memorial and includes a special bio urn, a proprietary soil additive, wood chips, and detailed planting instructions – all of which comes packaged in an attractive bamboo cylinder case. In addition, The Living Urn offers over fifty tree options from its award-winning nursery broken down by zip code to the ones that grow best in each area. These trees come 2-4’ in height and are delivered directly to your doorstep on a date of your choosing, fresh and ready-to-plant with The Living Urn for Pets!
Indoor Planter Urns for Pets
If you don’t have a special place to plant a tree memorial outdoors, but still love the idea of a living memorial, you can choose an indoor pet planter urn option offered by The Living Urn. There are two versions - The Living Urn Indoors/Patio for Pets and The Living PlantUrn.The Living Urn Indoors/Patio for Pets
This unique pet biotree urn is made from high quality porcelain and comes in three colors – white, blue and beige. It can be used to grow a bonsai tree from the center of the urn indoors or on the patio, or a houseplant. Alternatively, the center of the urn can serve as a vase to place cut flowers, providing an array of color to your home year-round.The Living PlantUrn
The Living PlantUrn was designed by an artist committed to providing dignified memorials for our beloved pets. This special indoor cremation urn is handcrafted from premium rescued California Sycamore and FSC Certified Black Walnut with smooth surfaces displaying the grains and natural beauty of the wood. It includes a ceramic pot on top that holds a small succulent or other plant and rare earth magnets are embedded in the wood to hold the urn together and give it a dignified, finished look.
Scattering Urns for Pets
Many families choose to scatter their pet’s ashes and commonly do this in their own yard, at a park, near a favorite hiking trail, in the ocean, at the beach, or in the mountains, among other places. If you’re not sure if it is okay to scatter where you plan to do it, it is always recommended to check first and get permission when necessary.
To perform the scattering, some people will simply use containers found around the home or a temporary container provided by the veterinarian or pet crematory. However, a common issue with these types of containers is that they most likely are not designed to scatter ashes and the shape of the container can increase the risk of having some of the ashes blow back on you while scattering. An alternative option that’s growing in popularity is the Eco Scattering Urn for Pets. This special urn is made entirely from bamboo, an eco-friendly material, and has a long cylindrical design (which helps keeps the ashes away from the person scattering). In addition, it comes with a unique open and close mechanism on top that helps you scatter with control and secures the ashes in place during transport. This special scattering urn for pets is available in two sizes – a small for pets up to 50 lbs. ($49) and large for pets up to 100 lbs. ($59).
If you’re looking to scatter your pet’s ashes in a body of water, another option is to use the Eco Water Urn for Pets. This special patent pending urn floats in the water like a buoy for a short amount of time before gracefully scattering a pet’s ashes from the bottom part of the urn and into the water. The water urn comes packaged in a bamboo cylinder container, an attractive case that also helps to securely transport the urn and your pet’s ashes to the location where you want to scatter.
Traditional Urns for Pets
If you prefer to keep your pet’s ashes with you in the home, there are many traditional indoor urn options available. These can be found through a quick internet search, or at your local pet crematory. This includes urns made from wood, metals and other materials, some of which can be engraved with your pet’s name and a saying of your choosing.
Additional Options for Pet Ashes
In addition to the urns for pets described above, there are many other beautiful and dignified ways to memorialize your pet. This includes having a beautiful decorative glass piece made that includes some of the ashes, including ashes in jewelry, burying them in a beautiful pet burial urn, having them loaded into a fireworks display, and even launching the ashes into space.
Separating Pet Ashes
Separating pet ashes is something that many families are choosing to do. The main reasons for this is that some families want to have multiple memorials for their pet. All of the memorial options above can be used with as much or as little of one set of pet ashes as desired.
What Memorial is Right for Your Pet?
There is no right answer - it simply depends on what you prefer and your budget. While the pet urns described above are some of the more popular ones currently available, there are many more and you can view these with a quick internet search, or a visit to your closest pet crematory. There are many pet urns priced below $100, making them affordable for most families. There are also pet urns costing well over $1,000. In addition and similar to human ashes, pet ashes have no expiration and can be used in any memorial at any time. Therefore, if you cannot decide on a memorial now, or the one you prefer is out of your current budget, you can wait and order it in the future.