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Pricing & Services

Companions for Life offers only Private or Community cremations. 

A Private cremation means your beloved pet will be the only animal in the chamber during the cremation process.  Companions for Life will come to your home or veterinarian's office and bring your pet back to our beautiful, state-of-the-art Cremation Center.  Your pet's cremains are returned to you in an attractive wood urn.

A Community cremation is a dignified alternative for pet parents who do not want their pet's cremains returned to them.  More than one pet is cremated at a time, and then the cremains are scattered over a beautiful, serene patch of land in northeast Iowa.

Since our professionals control the entire process, we can ensure that your pet's cremated remains will be available for return much faster than other providers, typically within days of your pet's passage. Because Companions for Life is part of Cedar Memorial, whose heritage is one of compassionately serving families for over 80 years, we can guarantee that your pet will be treated with dignity and respect.  We will care for your companion pet with the same reverence as we would any other member of your family. We can even arrange for your family to witness the cremation process if you so desire.

What to do if you are in immediate need of our services.

Please call us immediately at 319-378-8187 .  We will make arrangements with you or your veterinarian to bring your companion into our care.

Companions for Life
4200 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Phone: 319-378-8187
Email: companions@cedarmemorial.com


Companions For Life - Waukee
16185 SE Laurel Street
Waukee, IA 50263

Phone: 515-264-3459
Email: companions@cedarmemorial.com


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Cremation Services

If you're considering cremation as final care for your pet, this informative page is the right place to start. It includes an overview of the process and explains your cremation options.

We realize that each family has their own unique set of wishes when it comes to memorializing their pet. Our staff will work with your family to tailor a distinctive pet cremation, a private family goodbye, or a memorial service to meet all of your needs. To help with peace of mind we can even arrange for your family to witness the cremation process if you so desire.

 

A pet funeral or memorial service is a fine way to bring friends and family together in remembrance of your pet. We take care of all the details and support you through the service.

Humans throughout all societies and cultures use ritual and ceremony to mark life’s transitional moments. Weddings as they celebrate love, partnership, and give all in attendance hope for a bright future. Birthday events, graduations and yes, funerals–are all ceremonies that bring people together in shared celebration–and affirm the common values of living in community.

When a cherished animal companion passes away support from family, friends, and neighbors is important. Holding a pet funeral in remembrance of your pet is a fine way to bring them all together, at a time when you need them most. Just as every pet is different, every family is different. Yet, the love we have for our pets is universal. And today, the memorialized expression of this deep affection is growing more common throughout North America. And chances are good that you and your family are currently thinking of designing and placing a memorial to your cherished pet. But where do you begin? You begin by thinking with your heart, not just your head.

So What Makes a Pet Memorial?

We think it’s the love you shared, which becomes infused into the personalized cremation urn or keepsake you’ve selected. Whatever you’ve chosen becomes a testament to your family’s love and devotion to their cherished pet.  With that said, we invite you to browse our online selection of pet urns & memorial products to explore the creation of a physical memorial to your cherished animal companion.

Online Pet Memorials

Grieving families today have a unique opportunity, born of Internet-based technologies: the online memorial pet tribute. Similar in concept to the online tribute websites available for human members of a community, our full-featured online pet memorials, Pet Tales™, will give you and your friends and family unique ways to pay tribute to your pet, including:  

  • The Lighting of Memorial Candles
  • A Gallery of Treasured Photographic Memories
  • Memorial Donations Placement
  • Personal Messages of Condolence

If a Pet Tales™ online tribute dedicated to the memory of your pet sounds like a wonderful way to pay tribute to their loyal devotion, then please visit Pet Tales on this website.

 

Your Pet's Final Arrangements

I request the following care for my pet
 

 

Final Good-Bye

Many families want to have that one last time to visit their pet after death, a visitation or wake if you will. While this may seem like a trivial thing - or possibly something that you consider morbid and odd, this one last time with your pet is valuable time spent. When the family pet dies, it is often the child's first exposure to death and can cause him or her to feel confused and upset. This gathering of family during this visitation helps the child to understand death, supports them in their grieving process and is used as a valuable tool for parents in explaining death as a natural event in life.

Many times family members, friends and other pets in the household will want to have their final goodbye with your pet too. Pets touch so many people during their short lives with us. Allow those around you the opportunity to come together, pay their respects, and support each other.

(Please know that our staff has been trained in the proper procedures and care techniques to ensure that your pet is groomed and presentable for the Final Good-Bye).

My family and I will want a Final Good-Bye Time with our pet:

(Please be sure to mark your decision on our Secure Passages cremation authorization form at time of request for services)

The Remembrance / Funeral Service

Many families also wish to have a remembrance service, where family and friends can come together to pay their respects, and support you in your loss. Do you wish to have a service of remembrance for your pet?

Your Pet's Memorial

Just like the decisions you made earlier, making a decision about memorializing your pet is a very personal process. Your final selection should reflect the life shared with your pet, your life style, your personal style, and those "little things" which reflect your pet's unique personality.

Do you wish to create memorial in honor of your animal companion?

Your Pet's Story

Pet Tales is an online pet obituary that is designed for you, the pet parent as a way to honor your pet's life and share their story with others. By sharing a Pet Tale you will not only embrace the memories of your pet but you will create a permanent place for yourself, your family and your friends to return to as you remember your faithful companion that brought so much happiness. Their story may be shared with words, pictures, video and music and will be displayed on our website and nationally for other pet lovers to see and read at www.national.petpassages.com. Please feel free to add a Pet Tale at your convenience or we would be glad to help you.

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Naturally, you want to ease their way.

The decision to euthanize is a very difficult decision to make but is a necessary decision when the animal is starting to suffer as a result of its incurable disease and drugs are no longer available or enough to help relieve this suffering. Please consult with your veterinary professional! If your pet is not in pain, there are many things you can do at home to naturally help your pet through the process of letting go of life. Here are some helpful recommendations: Please consult with your veterinary professional!

  1. As you wish to comfort your pet, speak soothingly to him or her. Keep lighting soft, and you may also want to put on some soothing music in the background.
  2. Since his or her circulation could be slowing down, you may wish to cover your pet with a blanket.
  3. Do not force him or her to eat. Keep their mouth moistened if possible, by gently dripping water onto their tongue.
  4. Recognize that when death is near, their senses will begin to fail. The first is their sense of smell, followed by the senses of taste and sight. The last to go will be their hearing.
  5. Gently reposition him or her, if needed, to make them more comfortable.
  6. Allow your pet to choose the place he or she wishes to lay down, and then make him or her as comfortable as possible by surrounding them with well-loved toys, pictures, etc.
  7. Respect their need for solitude, but don’t feel a need to isolate your pet from the family. Just like you, your pet would like to be surrounded by those people he or she loves most. Stay close, but don’t crowd your pet, or make them nervous by being too close.

A poem written for you.


You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
I know in time that you will see
The kidness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.


- unknown.

 

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