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Are Those Your Cat’s Ashes and Does It Matter? — 8 Comments

  1. I just started doing research on this topic of pet’s ashes. And there’s a whole lot going on in this industry, yes, it’s a commercial venture in which a lot of money is made by those who know how to capitalize on it.

    Gemstones, diamonds, and other items can be made from ashes. Wouldn’t it be nice to really “re-purpose” those beloved ashes, rather than letting them sit on the shelf for years?

    And what an unusual gift for a friend or loved one who’s lost their beloved pet.

  2. Many pet lovers may see me as uncaring, callous, and detached, but once the spirit energy of my cat has departed, the remaining physical part holds no emotional attachment for me. Keeping physical reminders, such as ashes, have no meaning for me. If the ashes sit on a shelf somewhere, how does that affect the guardian? Do people have yearly rituals on the anniversary of the death? Do they talk to the ashes, like people do at grave sites? I also have never visited a grave site.

    Are the ashes considered as valuable as expensive jewelry or other items? Would one give up those things before surrendering ashes? Would people defend the ashes?

    Actually I feel the same way about my own ashes. I have no special desire for those to be kept in a special container, or tossed in nature somewhere. The energy of who I was will be on a new journey, and may even take on a new physical form.

    This is a conversation I’ve never had, and one that I think most people wouldn’t want to get into.

    The more I age, the less sentiment I have. The years bring many opportunities to let go of physical and emotional attachments.

      • I feel the same way and have wondered if there was something wrong with me. After I am gone they can toss me in a landfill. I don’t care. I will carry my pets memories in my heart forever.

        • I understand that completely. It is a complicated topic because there is this emotional context and even though the ashes could just as well be the ashes of anything, emotionally it is reassuring to have them.

  3. Michael, very interesting story. Being that I have my cats cremated, this peaked my interest! That very thought has crossed my mind. But being that I do take the cats to a VERY reputable place, I truly don’t believe the funeral home would do that. Yes, where I take my cats is also a human funeral home/crematory — Renpek is the anipal part – Kepner is the human part. They are truly pawsome folks there and have always taken GREAT care of me — and my kitties. I have taken all but my very first cat to them, and plan on being serviced by them when I pass>>and my cats’ cremains will all be buried with me (that was my Mom’s original idea).

    I’m glad this person was found out, but I wonder if anyone would trust him ever again to take their pets to him. Personally, I think he should have had to serve some jail time, but at least he had to pay restitution to the people involved.

    Excellent post, Michael. . . ♥♥♥

  4. I have a couple of my cats ashes , the rest of my cats (3 of them) i buried in a place that is special only to me and free of human and other animals traffic.
    With the two other cats that i had creamated, i could not emotionaly bare the sight of them going into the oven so i did not watch..i payed extra money to have them cremated alone..i hope it’s really their ashes because when i die , they will be buried with me…

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