(((((Alicia))))), I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to Krypto. I don't even know if Luigi will be returned to me in a ziplock baggie or in some kind of bamboo box, as I sure didn't read anything I signed, just made it clear I wanted him cremated separately and returned to me.
At least for me, the front desk woman came back to the room and did the paperwork-- a wise move on their part because I'm sure no one in the waiting area wanted to witness what happens to an owner at the end of their beloved dog's life and the trauma and raw grief of saying goodbye and then having to do paperwork -- The office front desk woman said I didn't have to worry about paying for anything until I came back to pick him up. We've known her for years at this veterinary practice, and I sure appreciated her kindness and her taking care of the business end of things in the privacy of the room where we said goodbye. She was very compassionate and gave me a big hug and held me for a few seconds, knowing somehow that I needed it. It's been a week since I said goodbye to Luigi, and yeah, I'm crying again. I guess as long as I keep hydrated, I'll keep making tears, and believe me, they are flowing freely. I'm so sorry for us all.
Heaven is the place where all the dogs you've ever loved come to greet you.