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Whether you must make the difficult call to put your pet to rest after a chronic diagnosis or the hands of time have taken your furry friend to a better place, losing a pet is never easy. Many pet parents would agree that the only hardship of pet ownership is their shorter lifespan.
There's no doubt you will be mourning the loss of your fur baby indefinitely; it can take years to move through the stages of grief.
One of the best ways to ease the pain of loss is to honor your lost loved one by memorializing their life. These meaningful ideas are just some touching ways to keep your pet's memory alive while they rest in peace.
Plan A Memorial Service
It is well known that funerals and memorial services are important for those left behind. These events serve as an opportunity to say goodbye and celebrate the life of a loved one. While some might think memorial services are solely for deceased humans, there's no reason you and your family can't plan an intimate memorial service for your pet.
You could read a poem about your pet, speak about their life, or write a letter to your pet, thanking them for the valuable impact they've had on your life. Moreover, you can also play video clips or create a photo slideshow for the service to honor their memory. You can plan your pet's funeral around the same notions as a regular funeral.
There's an extensive range of pet memorial jewelry that makes it possible to keep your pet's ashes with you. Cremation jewelry, engraved bracelets, and paw prints are just a few memorial jewelry ideas that make this possible.
Memorial jewelry is a great option when cremation ashes should be divided between loved ones. But you can also invest in a memorial jewelry piece and a permanent urn to keep ashes with you while also storing them at home or scattering the remainder.
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If the idea of keeping your pet's ashes in a pendant doesn't appeal to you, you could also consider pet urns. These urns are similar to regular urns, although most have cute paw print designs that make them perfect for holding pet cremation ashes
When it comes to picking out the right pet urn, you can start by browsing available urns. But it's wise to consider your pet's final resting place. If you will be keeping the cremation ashes
indefinitely, it's best to invest in a permanent urn that's crafted from metal or ceramic. Next, choose the right size and think about the personalization options available.
Keepsake boxes are no new concept; holding onto trinkets that have memories is a great way to mourn the loss of life without completely letting go. Keep your pet's favorite toys, pet clothing, and even their favorite blanket in a box so that you can feel closer to your pet when waves of grief arise.
But because your keepsake box must withstand the test of time, look for a durable box or case that will comfortably hold all of your pet's favorite items.
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Plaques And Photo Frames
Whether you decide to get a pet urn or not, there's no reason you can't also get a few photo frames to encapsulate some of your favorite photos of your fur baby. Memorial plaques are another great option to consider. Plaques usually contain the pet's name, years of life, and a meaningful parting message.
Irrespective of whether you decide to host a funeral, scatter ashes, or bury your pet in your yard, you can still get a few photo frames to display their memory in your home.
Plant A Tree
If you choose to bury your pet in your yard or anywhere else, you can consider planting a tree above their ashes or remains. With this, you can visit your pet and watch their energy feed the plant above. Taking care of the plant will offer solace during mourning.
When planting a tree with your pet's remains, you should consider a place you can visit often. However, you can also consider indoor plants and potters that are less permanent.
Scatter Ashes In A Meaningful Spot
Perhaps your pet's favorite place was the local doggy park. Or you would often find them digging up plants in a specific backyard area. Scattering your pet's ashes in a place is a great way to say goodbye. Scattering ashes is common when losing a loved one, as the act itself helps the grieving process.
Scattering ashes is a popular way of saying goodbye to lost loved ones. But there are no set rules on where or when to scatter ashes; you can decide to scatter them right away, or you can hold onto them during mourning and scatter them afterward. Otherwise, you can keep the ashes and let go when you feel the time is right.
Losing a family member is heartbreaking, irrespective of whether the family member is human or not. There's no doubt that your pet supported you through the most challenging times simply
by being around. Even though emotional support pets might need specific certifications, there's no arguing that all pets are emotional support, which is why losing them is awfully heartbreaking. That said, remember to give yourself time to mourn your pet and remember all the joy and love they brought you during their life.