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Firstly DH - so sorry to hear. I have lost a good friend in the past and know how you feel. A cremation is about �70 - �80+, but there are extra costs for an urn - or you can supply your own for collection of the ashes - and any plaque etc.
Your vet or maybe the local council can advise if the cremation service is reputable - that they are licensed, will treat the pet with respect and offer an individual service - there are those that ignore your feelings and just take the fee. There is an association of pet cremation services that you can check up on.
The council may have a view on burial - technically the remains are waste (sorry to be blunt) and some councils have directives about home burial, (depth, how close to water courses sort of thing) but it should still be ok if you prefer.
A nice way to remember the scattering is to sow wild flower seeds in the area and this will perhaps give comfort for the future as you will always see the blooms. Take care and thoughts are with you.
My monster of a pusscat died last week, so I know how you must be feeling.
My thoughts are with you at this time. I hope that you can bury the ashes somewhere that reminds you of your friend. With my last dog that would have been two inches from the front of an open fridge, if not actually in the fridge.
I'm sorry to hear of your loyal friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had to have my dear dog put o sleep two weeks ago so the subject is still very raw for me.
He was a rough collie, so was classed as a large dog. It cost us �66.00 to have him cremated. It would have cost us more if we had his ashes put in a casket. We decided that we are going to scatter his ashes, so they were put in a scatter box.
We have an animal sanctuary near us who perform the cremations. If we wanted him to be cremated with other animals it wouldn't have cost us, but private cremations start from about �5.00 depending on the size of the amnimal.
Best wishes. Thinking of you.
I have always had my dogs cremated (moved house too many times to bury them in the garden!). I have never had the ashes collected, I had said goodbye to them before they were put to sleep and I do not believe in any sort of 'afterlife' although I know many people who take comfort in having their pets' ashes returned. Mine have always been done with other pets at a large pet creamtorium that my vet uses and although this is my way of doing things I understand perfectly if you want to have yours returned.
Must just say though, every time I drive past the place it brings back memories of all those who have gone there, and I do shed a tear for them.
Chin up and remember all the good times.