Witnessed cremations are available for both flame cremation and water cremation.
If you would like to witness your pet’s cremation, please note:
- This service is available only for private flame cremations or partitioned water cremations. Witnessed cremations are not available for communal cremations.
- A reservation is required with at least 24-hour advanced notice.
- Witnessed Cremation fee. (See Services & Pricing.)
- For flame cremation, the cremation start time must be no later than 11 a.m. (If your pet is not already at our facility, then the pet must arrive by 10 a.m.) For water cremation, the cremation must begin between noon and 4 p.m. If you need (and we can accommodate) a start time outside of these parameters, additional fees may apply.
Please note: Witnessed Cremation and Same-Day Service are two distinct services. Same-Day Service is only available for flame cremation and is not assumed. You must request Same-Day Service in advance and pay the additional fees (Same-Day Service). Otherwise, your pet’s after-care package will be ready for pick up within 3-business-days.
What is a witnessed cremation?
Witnessing a cremation simply means that you are present (either in our Care Center where the crematoriums are located, or in our Reflection Room and watching through a window that looks into the Care Center) when we place your pet into the crematorium, close the crematorium, and turn on the equipment. Once the equipment is started, then for your safety, we ask that you move back into the Reflection Room. You may remain in the Reflection Room for up to 30 minutes after the start of cremation, or until the Reflection Room is needed by another family.
Why would someone want to witness their pet’s cremation?
Some pet parents choose to witness their pet’s cremation in order to feel 100% certain that their pet was indeed the only pet in the crematorium (flame cremation) or the only pet in their partitioned section (water cremation). Other pet parents witness their pet’s cremation out of a sense of obligation to stay by their pet’s side to the very end.
If you can’t be present, but still want to witness the cremation, then for a fee we will video tape the cremation.