1. Arrange for the veterinary hospital to keep your pet's body while you decide how to dispose of its remains. Keeping him/her at the hospital will allow you a few days to make proper, well thought out and responsible arrangements.
2. Grieve for your lost pet. Expressing sorrow, pain or anger at their loss is a normal response to losing a pet and should be recognized as part of the recovery process.
3. Know your options. Look into pet cemeteries and pet crematoriums. Call your city or county government office to inquire about the legality of burying pets on private property. Each one of these options provides unique advantages over the others.
4. Make the appropriate decision for your pet's final resting place. Consider burying him/her in a pet cemetery if you tend to move frequently. Keep the cremation option open if you would like to divide your pet's remains between relatives or use them for multiple purposes like scattering or planting a tree. If choosing to bury on private property, be sure that you can follow city and county guidelines.
5. Request that your pet's remains be transferred to the site of burial if you feel incapable of dealing with this.
6. Bury your pet's remains. Have a small memorial service accompany the burial if you'd like. A memorial services that honors your deceased pet can help you recover from your loss.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs