Learn More About Cremation Services
We at Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Crematory perform cremation services according to the definitions and guidelines of the ICCFA and PLPA. Please use these resources to educate yourself about cremation processes.
Private cremation: A cremation procedure during which only one animal’s body is present in the cremation unit during the cremation process.
Partitioned cremation: (We do NOT perform this service as we feel it is inferior to a private cremation) A cremation procedure during which more than one pet’s body is present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of specific pets are to be returned. Due to a number of factors and by virtue of multiple pets being cremated within the same unit at the same time, active commingling of cremated remains will occur.
Communal cremation: (Group Memorial Cremation.) A cremation procedure where multiple animals are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to owners.
Cremation process: The heating process that reduces human or animal remains to bone fragments, followed by the processing that reduces bone fragments to unidentifiable dimensions. Learn more about our cremation process…
Commingling: Mixing of cremated remains.
Active Commingling: Commingling that occurs between animals during the cremation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are cremated together at the same time. This type of co-mingling can be minimized with effective partitioning but it is impossible to assert that it can be eliminated entirely. This type of commingling cannot, by definition, occur with a private cremation.
Residual (Incidental) Commingling: Unavoidable incidental commingling between cremations that occurs despite a best effort to recover all cremains from each cremation. This will occur to varying degrees with any type of cremation. This definition is the minimal type of commingling that occurs even in cremations performed in succession. (human cremations and private pet cremations). For the proposed definitions below, state definitions and regulations may preclude members from treating anatomical pet remains as anything other than medical waste. Please check with your state EPA.
Anatomical Pet Remains: A portion of pet’s remains not discarded as medical waste, but for which reverent cremation is desired for that body part, (i.e. an extremity or necropsied head.) and for which reverent disposition is not otherwise forbidden by law.
Medical Waste: Waste derived from the medical treatment of humans, or animals, or from biological research. *** Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Crematory does not retrieve, haul, store, treat, or in any way involve itself with regulated medical waste ***