In this post I will be listing a variety of pet memorial ideas, as a way to honour our animal companions.
Creating a memorial to honour an animal companion, can be a very effective way to help cope with the loss.
We can feel so helpless can’t we? When it’s time to let go, it’s time, and there’s nothing we can do about it. By choosing a way to memorialise our pet, we’re taking action, and I guess you can say we’re taking back some control, some of the power we didn’t have to stop the inevitable.
Whether the gesture is big or small doesn’t matter. It’s just comforting to celebrate the bond we shared.
Because the end is always sad, we tend to forget there were weeks, months, or years that were filled with fun, love and joy.
Make your memorial about those amazing times you shared.
14 Ways To Honour The Memory Of Your Pet
If your pet was cremated, a special urn for the ashes is a nice memorial. There are many different styles to choose from, one to suit your decor means it can be displayed in a prominent place. You can inscribe his or her name, a special message, and include a photograph.
A plaque in a pet cemetery, or park where your dog liked to play.
Volunteer at your local shelter, and offer a homeless animal some love and attention. If you can’t do that, make a donation in your pet’s name.
Keep a tag, collar, blanket or favourite toy.
Personalize a keepsake necklace with your pet’s name, and even add some ashes to the special compartment.
Bury your pet in a pet cemetery (or backyard if you’re allowed), and have a gravestone. This gives you a place to visit. Hold a memorial service and invite close family and friends if you like, or keep it small and private.
Garden stones can be ordered with paw prints, names and even inscriptions.
Many shelters offer the opportunity to purchase bricks, paving stones or plaques in honour or memory of a person or pet. It’s a great way to pay tribute and support a worthy cause.
Plant a living memorial such as a tree or some flowers.
Keep a photo frame in a special place in your home. It’s nice to be able to glance at it, and feel like he’s still a part of the family.
Engrave your pet’s name on a charm, key ring or some other object. Wear it, keep it in your purse, pocket, on your desk…
There are many online memorial sites where you can share your stories, get support, help others work through their grief and light virtual candles.
When you’re ready for a new furry friend, rescuing a homeless animal from a shelter, rescue group or animal control facility, is the greatest tribute you can make.
Pet memorial ideas – conclusion
I know all too well how heartbreaking it is to lose a loved one, and how helpless it can make us feel. The image at the top of this post is of a candle I lit in memory of Saffy. I will never get over losing her, it was too shocking and too sudden, but somehow that act did bring me some comfort.
I hope in this selection of pet memorial ideas, you will find the best way to honour your loved one, and that it will bring you peace.