For many Americans, the death of a beloved childhood pet is the first time they ever encounter the concept of death. Sadly, that first brush with mortality is often marked with nothing more than an impromptu toilet bowl funeral, or a traumatic final trip to the vet.
As adults, many U.S. animal lovers choose to honor their special bond with unforgettable memorials. While people might tease you about constantly posting pet pics on Facebook and Twitter, the truth is that human beings and animals like cats and dogs have a special bond. We’ve evolved side by side for thousands of years, and the passing of a pet often causes deep grief.
For years, many people struggled with this grief alone, but now the Web is connecting bereaved pet owners looking for unique sympathy gifts and ways to help their best friend rest in peace forever. So here are three special memorial ideas for pets to help honor their memory:
1. Plant a Garden
If a pet dies in your home, then a backyard burial doesn’t have to be a rushed experience. With a little preparation, you can gather together with friends and family for a brief memorial service. If your pet passes with the assistance of a veterinarian, then consider biodegradable cremation urns or animal urns for ashes, perfect for burial in a garden. Arrange stones or plant perennial flowers so that every time your garden blooms you remember the happy times you spent together.
2. Make a Donation
Not everyone chooses to bury their pet or keep potentially painful reminders on display. Still, there’s no better way to honor the memory of the pet who never left your side than by helping other animals in need. Donate to a shelter or animal sanctuary in your pet’s name, that way your grief can help other needy animals achieve a better quality of life.
3. Cremation Ash Jewelry, Urn Pendants, and other Memorial Keepsakes
Today, many companies provide cremation keepsakes for grieving pet owners. Cremation jewelry is designed to hold a small portion of ashes and comes in a variety of styles. Urn pendants are a tasteful and versatile option, and urn pendants can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or even used on key chains. Whether you wear an urn pendant under your clothes or show it off proudly, it might comfort you to always keep a part of your pet close to your heart.
If cremation jewelry, animal urns for ashes, or urn pendants sound like something you would be interested it, then speak with your vet about the best way to store the ashes.
Remember that no matter what you choose, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. There is a growing community online for pet owners suffering from grief and separation anxiety.
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