Losing a pet can be an incredibly painful experience. The grieving process is personal and everyone copes differently. To assist you in the processing of your emotions, it can be helpful to spend some time reflecting and honouring your time with your pet. Here are some creative ways to keep the memory and spirit of your furry friend alive.
Choose a final resting place
It can be hard to decide what to do with your pet’s remains. Some people choose to bury their pets on their property. If this is an option that appeals to you, consider having a customized plaque made to create a special memorial spot. Or, you may choose to scatter your pet’s ashes. Think about special places you spent time together – a park, a particular trail, or body of water.
Carrying a reminder
It is quite likely that the first item you bought for your pet was their ID tag. By keeping the tag on your key ring, you will have a daily reminder and their spirit will be with you wherever you go.
A custom pet portrait
As you look through memorabilia you have collected over the years, look for a particularly special photo. It could be one that perfectly captures your pet’s essence, or a particularly memorable moment in time with them. Ask a friend or local artist to create a custom piece of art.
Get your pet’s paw cast
There are special kits at your local craft store that allow you to create a cast of your pet’s paw. This can be done anytime during your pet’s life, or can be done after they pass prior to cremation.
A custom pillow
Pet pillows are unique and great way to remember your furry friend. A high-quality image can be printed onto fabric, and the pillow is then sewn into their unique shape. When you miss them, it can be incredibly comforting to hug the pillow.
Consider a jewelry keepsake
There are a number of jewelry options that you can consider, including pendant necklaces that can hold your pet’s ashes, or gemstones made of your pet’s remains. There are a number of beautiful options to keep your pet close to your heart every day.
You can honour your pet’s memory by volunteering at a local animal shelter. It might be exactly what you need – the opportunity to be with other animals at a time when you may not be ready to adopt again, just yet.
These are just a few ideas. There is absolutely no right or wrong way to memorialize and remember your beloved pet. It’s about honouring the time you had together, and focusing on the happiness you brought to one another.