“My dog just died — what do I do?” Part 2

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This is the option veterinarians most often offer, especially if your pet passes away from applied euthanasia. Few veterinary clinics conduct cremations themselves, but they partner up with pet crematories in the area to conduct the service for them. The benefit of working with a vet — rather than going to a crematory yourself — is that the vet will handle moving your pet’s body and sending you their remains.

If your pet passes away naturally or you would like more options, you can contact a pet crematory directly. Most pet crematoriums will have the option for your pet to be dropped off or picked up. Though death does not know time, there is unfortunately often an added cost to picking up your pet outside regular business hours. If you need more time and are comfortable with the idea, you can store your pet for months in a freezer.


One of our partner crematories in Virginia, USA

When you reach a vet or crematory, you will be asked whether you’d like your pet cremated individually or communally. Being cremated alongside other pets tends to be cheaper, but you probably won’t have the option of getting your pet’s ashes back. If you can ask for your pet’s ashes back, you cannot be sure that those ashes are only your pet’s. Being cremated alone delivers the promise of receiving only your pet’s ashes, but of course comes at a higher cost. We’ve found pet cremations cost $150-300 depending on the size of your pet.


The Forever Spot Pod and Scattering Urn

When your pet’s ashes are mailed to you, they will arrive in a plastic bag inside a plain tin or wood box. You can pay for a decorative urn for your pet’s ashes ahead of time, and usually a pawprint or lock of fur as keepsakes. While these are good options and commonly used, we believe The Forever Spot Pet Pods and Scattering Urns make much better choices. Unlike traditional urns whose only purpose is to hold remains, the design behind the Forever Spot products create rituals for saying goodbye. Compared to human funerals, memorializing pets has very few guidelines. Those who cremate their pet often feel “it all happened so quickly” and those who don’t get ashes back feel they “didn’t get a proper goodbye”.

The Pod and Scattering Urn provide ways to take back the beauty of having a ritual and honoring your pet’s life. By detoxifying ashes, amending the soil, and planting a living memorial over your pet’s grave, The Forever Spot will give you a proper chance to say goodbye while offsetting the environmental impact of cremation.

“My dog just died — what do I do?” Part 1

If your pet just passed away or you anticipate they’ll pass away soon, you may be feeling lost about what to do. Here we address the two options almost everyone has at their hands: cremation and burial. We talk about how to choose between them or combine the parts that best fit your circumstances and values. Hopefully this post provides a guide in what can be a really difficult period of time.



Burying your pet directly into the ground is, in our opinion, the simplest and most natural way to say goodbye to a pet. The physical labor of digging the earth and personally resting your pet in the ground can be extremely cathartic, as described by one of our adopters, Judd.

Judd burying Hallie

Judd burying his dear dog, Hallie

Another enormous benefit to burying your pet, particularly on your own property, is being able to visit them. If you cannot find a friend or family member willing to volunteer space on their land, you can bury your pet at a cemetery. We have found that burial plots at pet cemeteries cost between $300 and $800. For some pet owners, having a permanent place to visit is worth every penny. There are also a few places where you can be buried with your pet, called “whole family” cemeteries.

Regardless of where your bury your pet, it is good to have about 2 feet of earth above them. This is shallow enough for effective decomposition to take place. It is also deep enough for the smell of your pet to be masked from scavengers and other animals. Sometimes there are regulations pertaining how far you must bury your pet from a water source (e.g. at least 25 feet from ponds and streams and 100 ft from the water line). If you can’t find the local laws in your county or province online, call your local Animal Control department — they usually know the answer.


If want to bury your pet, The Forever Spot Pet Shroud is your best option. Made of organic cotton and biomaterial, the Shroud is a soft, warm, and eco-friendly option for wrapping your pet. The same mushrooms and organisms in our human suits are in this Shroud to return your pet to the earth beautifully, simply, and without harm to the environment.


Click here to read Part 2 on Cremation