Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult situations to go through. Although it is tough, you can still honor the memory of your lost pet and keep your best furry friend in your heart forever. Here are seven thoughtful ways to remember your passed pet.
1: Create a scrapbook
Creating a scrapbook can help you organize any pictures and memorabilia from the time spent with your pet. You can use the scrapbook to tell the story of your pet’s life. Include pictures with captions and stories so you can relive your favorite moments. Personalize your scrapbook with cute stickers and decorations that remind you of your pet.
2: Get a tattoo
If you are looking for a more permanent tribute, consider getting a tattoo. The memory of your pet will always be with you and you can get creative with the appearance. You could get a portrait of your pet, their name, their paw print, or something more artistic. There is plenty of inspiration online for pet memorial tattoos.
3: Host a memorial service
Although memorial services are typically reserved for humans, it is possible to host one for your pet. Consider using your backyard or your pet’s favorite park. Gather your loved ones and share your favorite memories of your pet with them. A memorial service will give you the opportunity to celebrate your pet’s life and give them a send off. There are also memorial websites where you can post a tribute to your pet’s life.
4: Commission a piece of art
There are plenty of artists online that specialize in pet portraits and would love to help you honor your pet’s memory. You can provide an artist with a picture of your pet and give them personal details so they can create a unique piece of art for you. A drawing or painting can be an excellent option. Frame and display the art in your home so you’ll always have your pet nearby.
5: Make commemorative jewelry or a keychain
A piece of jewelry dedicated to your pet allows you to always carry a piece of them with you. Consider placing a picture of your pet in a locket, or try making a bracelet or necklace. You can use beads shaped as pet-themed items, such as pawprints. Choose colors that remind you of your pet.
Some jewelers are able to incorporate your pet’s ashes in personalized necklaces, bracelets, or rings. You can find pendants to hold the ashes or have a jeweler place them under a gemstone. Explore your community or the internet to find the right artist and memento for you.
If jewelry isn’t your thing, you could also make a keychain. Your pet’s ID tag can be converted into a keychain. An item like this holds many memories that you will cherish forever.
6: Celebrate your pet’s birthday
Although your pet is not physically here, you can still honor their memory on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Spend these days reminiscing about the amazing times you had with your pet and celebrate the fun and loving life that your pet had with you.
7: Give back to animals in need
Consider donating to your favorite animal shelter or rescue organization in your pet’s name and supporting animals in need. Volunteering your time is also a great way to help your community and make a difference in the lives of other animals. By giving back to others in memory of your best friend, your pet can continue to make a positive impact on the world.
Losing a pet is not easy, but with these ideas, you can keep your pet’s memory alive and celebrate the amazing life they lived.