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Guiding pet owners through loss: cremation, memorials, and self-care

At CPC Cares, we understand that bidding farewell to your beloved pet marks the end of a journey filled with love, companionship, and cherished memories. That’s why we offer a wide range of options to ensure a heartfelt and dignified farewell for your furry friend. In this blog, we’ll take you through some of these options, providing insights to help you choose what’s best for you and your pet. Additionally, we’ll discuss the support available for you after the loss of your pet and offer ideas on how you can memorialise them, keeping their memory alive in your heart forever

Individual Cremation

During this difficult period, selecting individual pet cremation guarantees a personalised farewell for your beloved companion. Our purpose-built cremators ensure that you’ll receive only your pet’s ashes, offering you the opportunity to bid goodbye in a manner that feels most meaningful to you. Whether you choose to attend the cremation from our farewell suite or prefer a private moment of reflection, we provide a variety of options to suit your preferences.

For pet owners facing the loss of their cherished companion, we provide flexibility in the process. You can opt to have us collect your beloved pet or transport them to our crematoria yourself. Being present during the final farewell at our sites can provide a sense of closure, and our compassionate staff are available to offer support and comfort during this challenging time. Once the cremation process is complete, your pet’s ashes will be delicately packaged and securely returned to your home or veterinary practice, allowing you to honour their memory with a casket or urn of your choice.

Communal Cremation

Opting for communal cremation allows your pet to be honoured alongside companions in a collective farewell. While you won’t receive their individual ashes, a symbolic portion from each communal cremation is interred at our Gardens of Remembrance in Cambridge

Whether you prefer us to collect your beloved pet or bring them to our crematoria yourself, we ensure dignity and respect throughout the process. With over 40 years of experience, CPC is committed to providing compassionate pet cremation services. Our dedicated staff are here to support you during this challenging time.

Memorialising your pet

When it comes to your pet’s ashes, there are numerous options to consider. If you opt to keep them in a place that holds cherished memories you shared with your pet, we offer a wide selection of urns and caskets in our shop. Additionally, we provide jewellery options if you wish to keep a portion of your pet’s ashes close to you always.

Another alternative is to scatter your pet’s ashes in a location that held significance for both of you. For this purpose, we offer a range of scattering tubes designed specifically for scattering ceremonies. These tubes are also biodegradable, making them an eco-friendly choice if you decide on a burial.

However you choose to memorialise your pet, rest assured that there are plenty of options available to honour their memory.

Self-care during this challenging time

Losing a pet is an immensely emotional experience, and the bond many of us share with our pets can be incredibly strong. During this time, it’s crucial to be kind to yourself and seek support where you can. Here are some tips:

  • Validate Your Emotions: It’s perfectly normal to experience a range of emotions when grieving the loss of a pet. Your sadness and emotions are valid, and you should never feel like they’re not justified. Losing a pet is a significant event, and it’s important to acknowledge and honour your feelings.
  • Reach Out to Others: Dealing with grief alone is not recommended. If possible, talk to family and friends, or even seek professional help. There’s no shame in reaching out for support, especially during times of need. Grief can be overwhelming, and sharing your feelings with others can provide comfort and solace.
  • Practice Self-Care: Taking care of yourself is essential during this challenging time. Engage in activities that bring you joy and comfort, such as reminiscing about happy memories with your pet or writing them a letter. Be patient with yourself and understand that grief is a complex and non-linear process.
  • Explore Further Resources: For more guidance on coping with pet loss, check out our blog ‘what to do when the time comes to say goodbye.’


Remember, you’re not alone, and support is available to help you navigate this difficult journey.

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