Last updated 3 days ago
It’s common to consider a beloved pet as a member of your family. Pets offer unconditional love and affection. Unfortunately, their lifespans are much shorter than those of humans. When it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved friend, consider honoring his or her memory with a respectful pet cremation service, available at some funeral homes. Pet cremation following euthanasia may offer you a feeling of closure. Furthermore, pet cremation one final way you can demonstrate your love for your pet.
Consult a Veterinarian
Veterinarians have extensive experience in assessing the health of pets and determining when it’s time to say goodbye. Sometimes, a veterinarian may suggest that you euthanize your pet based on his or her condition. In other cases, you may need to ask if euthanasia should be considered. Your veterinarian can give you guidance and offer a recommendation; however, it’s your decision.
Evaluate Physical Health
Consider your pet’s physical health when deciding whether it’s time to say goodbye and arrange for pet cremation. If a pet has stopped eating and drinking, or cannot breathe properly, it may be time to say goodbye. Euthanasia may also be considered if your pet cannot move on his or her own, or falls when trying to do so. Severe incontinence and chronic pain that cannot be resolved with medications are other possible physical indicators that it’s time to give your pet eternal peace.
Assess Quality of Life
Evaluating your beloved friend’s quality of life exclusive of physical health problems may be a little more challenging. Consider whether your pet still takes joy in his or her favorite treats and activities. Consider whether your pet previously enjoyed socializing, but now prefers to hide in an isolated area of the home. When your pet suffers from diminished quality of life paired with severe health problems, a final goodbye may be called for.
Although it’s never easy to accept the loss of a pet, St. Louis Cremation strives to help you honor your beloved friend with respectful and dignified cremation services. Call (314) 332-2783 to learn about our pet cremation services, which include a temporary urn, pickup of your pet from your veterinarian or your home, and private cremation. Our funeral home has been serving families in St. Louis and St. Charles with compassionate care since 1993.
Last updated 10 days ago
As a responsible pet owner, you may someday need to make the decision to euthanize your furry friend. Although this is never an easy decision, it may be a necessary one in the event that your pet suffers from significant pain or a severe medical condition. Some of the problems that may require euthanasia include being comatose or non-responsive, suffering severe pain, or being unable to sit up or stand on his or her own.
Watch this video for more information on recognizing the signs that it’s time to say goodbye to your pet. You’ll hear a veterinarian describe some of the health problems that a pet cannot recover from. He also shares his own story about his beloved dog, who had to be euthanized.
Although it’s heart-wrenching to say goodbye to your pet, you can celebrate the love the two of you shared with a respectful pet cremation. At St. Louis Cremation, we understand that losing a pet is like losing a member of your family. Please call us at (314) 332-2783 to learn about compassionate pet cremation services.
Last updated 17 days ago
Making arrangements to take care of your loved ones after your passing is one way to show them how much you care about them. It can be particularly challenging for your loved ones to navigate the estate paperwork and plan the funeral service when they’re coping with their grief. You can ease their burden by pre-planning your funeral and by working with an estate planning professional.
Inventory and Consolidate Your Assets
One of the first steps in estate planning is to inventory your assets. Create an inventory of all physical items that you own that are worth $100 or more. Your home, jewelry, vehicles, electronics, power tools, and collectibles should go on that list. Then create a list of your non-physical assets, such as your bank accounts, insurance policies, IRA assets, and 401(k) plans. Then, consolidate your assets. If you’ve changed jobs, for example, consolidate your retirement plans. Other assets you may wish to consolidate include debts, bank accounts, and credit cards.
Create a Will
With the help of an estate planning lawyer, create a clear will to designate the beneficiaries of your assets. Have the final draft of your will signed by two witnesses and notarized. Keep your will in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box. Make copies of your will for your estate administrator.
Pre-Plan Your Funeral
Work with a funeral home representative to pre-plan your funeral. Funeral pre-planning can be as general or as specific as you wish. For example, you may only wish to specify that you prefer a church funeral service with cremation to follow. Or, you may wish to specify your preferences for flower, music, and reading selections.
The funeral planning professionals of St. Louis Cremation can help you pre-plan your funeral. Funeral pre-planning is a way to ensure your final wishes are met and that your loved ones have less to cope with after your passing. Residents of the St. Louis and St. Charles areas who are interested in learning more about funeral pre-planning are encouraged to contact us at (314) 332-2783.
Last updated 24 days ago
Memorializing your furry friend can help you celebrate his or her life and the happy times the two of you shared. It may also help you transition through the grieving process. There are many ways in which you can memorialize your pet; choose whichever methods feel right to you. Many people prefer to have their beloved companions cremated. You can keep your pet’s remains in a decorative urn and place the urn in a special place in your home. Or, create an outdoor memorial by placing the urn in an outdoor niche. Consider creating a memorial headstone and placing it near the urn.
To keep the memory of your pet close to you, you may wish to wear a special piece of jewelry that signifies the bond the two of you shared, such as a paw print necklace. Or, create a scrapbook by compiling photographs of your pet and writing down your memories. Many grieving pet owners choose to donate to a pet charity in their furry friend’s name. Or, you may wish to volunteer your time at a local animal shelter.
Pet owners in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas are welcome to contact St. Louis Cremation about compassionate pet cremation services. Call our funeral home at (314) 332-2783 and ask us how we can help you honor your beloved pet.
Last updated 1 month ago
Losing a loved one is among the most difficult events anyone can experience. Although there aren’t any “right” or “wrong” ways to grieve, there are healthier ways of expressing your emotions, such as seeking the support of others. When you’re ready to talk about your loss or simply take comfort in another’s presence, reach out to family members, friends, and counselors. Your support network can help you through the process of planning a funeral service or cremation.
Your family members may also be grieving the loss of your loved one. Turn to each other for mutual comfort during this difficult time. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may wish to temporarily move in with a family member. For example, after losing a partner, some individuals find it difficult to face an empty home and prefer to stay with a sibling or parent for a while.
Your close friends are a valuable source of support throughout the grieving process. However, they may be unsure of how best they can help you. When you’re ready to reach out to them, let them know how they can help. Your friends may help you choose flowers for the funeral service, for example.
Sometimes, those who are grieving feel they can benefit from talking with a professional. A professional grief counselor or therapist has experience in helping individuals cope with the difficult emotions associated with grief. You can ask the funeral home to offer recommendations for local grief counselors.
Meaningful spiritual activities may help you cope with your loss if you adhere to a religious tradition. You may find comfort in speaking with your religious leader and others of your faith, and in activities such as praying and meditating.
Consider joining a bereavement support group, in which you can share your experience with others who are also dealing with a difficult loss. The funeral home or your local hospital can direct you to a support group.
St. Louis Cremation is Missouri’s largest and oldest funeral home, offering on-site services such as cremation to families in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. We’ll guide you through the funeral planning process, which may include a traditional funeral service with cremation to follow. Please call (314) 332-2783 to speak with a respectful representative about your needs.