It is OK and normal to grieve and how you choose to grieve and memorialize your beloved pet will be as special and unique as the bond you shared. Below are a token of the ways grieving pet owners have been comforted by cherishing and memorializing their pet’s life.
Before The Event
- Prepare a small amount of your pets favorite treats (if he/she will eat)
- Save a comfy blanket, T-shirt, favorite toy or towel to bury or cremate your pet with
- Let your veterinarian know of your preferences such as where you would like to have the service performed, such as on the hearth beside the fireplace, in your pets favorite chair or under a tree in the backyard.
During the Event
- Play soft music
- Light a candle
- Shower them with lots of love and treats (if eating)
- Play the pet’s favorite movie or music (yes I have seen this before)
Immediately After the Event
- Release a memorial balloon
- Read a poem or verse
- Have a prayer
- Request a keepsake such as a lock of hair
Sometime After the Event
- Post a tribute online
- Conduct a formal funeral to bury ashes or your pets body (may want to coordinate with obtaining a cardboard coffin prior to the euthanasia appointment).
- Spread your pets ashes at a special or favorite spot such as underneath a tree, at the beach, etc.
- Have a favorite photo turned into a canvass print and have frame
- Create a stepping stone for your garden in memory of your pet or to mark its grave or burial place. There are many kits available that enable you to make your own stone and personalize it. For example, a reader noted ‘my cat love to eat fish and I found glass fish with which to make a mosaic’. Stepping stone kits can be obtained at craft stores.
- Choose a special urn or locket to have a some of your pet’s ashes placed
- Have a custom stuffed animal made of your pet to cherish – http://www.mypetsies.com
- Have a small tattoo done of your pet’s ink paw or nose print
- Have a memorial vehicle sticker made – www.carstickers.com
- Plant a memorial tree in your pets honor – www.thegiftedtree.com
- Donate to an animal welfare foundation in your pet’s honor
- Shop for a memorial item that reminds you of your pet
- Volunteer at a local shelter
- Memorialize your pet’s ashes into glass art – www.rainbowbridgehearts.com
We encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s condition, and please contact us if you have any questions.