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Process Of Cremation

The Cremation Process for Pets: 

This is a written and photographical guide to the cremation as performed by Floriday Pet Cremation, Inc. 

The information contained within pertains to how we conduct cremation services. If you are not using us for your pet's after-care, please thoroughly inspect the facilities you or your veterinarian intend to use since most pet cremation facilities do not perform cremations with this level of care. 


1) Family Room

Family Room

 

In this room, you may take time to say goodbye to your beloved pet in private. You will be able to witness any portion of the cremation process with which you are comfortable. Please let us know if you have any special requests or considerations.
The same care is taken with your pet if you choose not to view the cremation or are having your pet cremated by us through your veterinarian.


2) Our Cremation Unit

Cremation Unit

 

We use the same type of equipment that is used for the cremation of humans. Our cremation unit is made by one of the world leaders in the manufacture of cremation supplies, B&L Cremation Systems, Inc. 

Our cremation unit, B&L is located in Largo, FL, and makes crematories ideal for private or communal cremations. http://www.blcremationsystems.com


3) Preparing for Cremation

Preparing for Cremation

 

In order to begin the cremation, the unit must be pre-heated to a temperature mandated by the state. If your pet's cremation is not the first of the day, this preheating will have already taken place.
The inside of the cremation unit will have been thoroughly swept out with a steel brush before your pet's cremation begins.


4) Placement of Your Pet into the Cremation Unit

Placement of Your Pet into the Cremation Unit

 

 

Your pet will be placed into the cremation unit, taking all possible care to do so with reverence and dignity.
Your pet may be placed into the unit in a container, or as is, whatever circumstance dictates.
Those with later viewing appointments may see combustion begin immediately despite our best efforts to cool down the cremation unit. If this is a possibility, you will be advised by our staff.


5) The Cremation Process Begins:

The Cremation Process Begins

 

Immediately following your pet's placement into the cremation unit, the door to the unit will be closed. It will be necessary for our staff to monitor the cremation for several minutes.
If you are present for the cremation, someone will check on you to see if you have questions or if there is anything we can help you with shortly after the cremation process begins.


6) Cremation in Process

Cremation in Process

 

From time to time, one of our operators may open the door to the cremation unit in order to check on the cremation process. It may be necessary for the operator to make adjustments to your pet's remains so as to ensure complete and expedient combustion. This portion may be difficult for some to witness.


7) End of the Process 

End of the Process

 

Once the cremation is complete, your pet's cremated remains will be thoroughly swept out of the cremation unit using stainless steel brushes. Doing so ensures that all of the recoverable cremated remains are retrieved from the unit.


8) Cooling and Processing

Cooling and Processing

 

As soon as the cremation burner is turned off, the cooling process begins. It continues as the cremated remains are swept into a steel cooling hopper located in the bottom of the cremation unit. 
After the cremains spend some time on a cooling rack (up to 20 minutes for large pets), the cremated remains are spread on a tray attached to our cremated remains processor. 
This processor is the same model that is used in the human funeral industry. At this point, anything that may damage our processing equipment (i.e. surgical plates or screws) is separated from the cremated remains. They can be returned to you if requested prior to the cremation


9) Processing and Packaging

Processing and Packaging

 

Using a human cremated remains processor, the brittle cremated remains are reduced to a fine powder. Processing remains in this way allows for the remains to be scattered if desired and for easier placement in the urn. 
We use a soft brush in between steps to ensure that all of your pet's cremated remains come through the process together. No matter the type of urn used, we always seal the cremated remains in a plastic bag and identify them with the original tag.