October 7, 2017

Creating A Memorial Tribute To Your Pet

Sorrow, guilt, and anger are common feelings following the death of a pet, and you may think you'll never be happy again. However, there are ways to channel your emotions positively. One way is to create a memorial tribute to celebrate your pet's life and to honor the unconditional love and companionship he or she gave you.

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This activity is not about shutting out grief; you'll probably shed a few tears along the way, but you'll also focus on all the good times you had with your pet. Remembering these times will help you come to terms with your loss.

Here are some suggestions for what you can do. If you believe it will help others to deal with their grief, enlist their help in these activities too.

1

Create A Photographic Tribute

Create A Photographic Tribute

You probably have many photographs of your pet. Choose those that best capture his or her personality and put them into an album, scrapbook, or scan them to create images to use in a digital photo frame. Include photographs that show your pet when he or she was active and well. Always commemorate the happy times you had together.

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Commission A Portrait

Commission A Portrait

Pet artists will produce a framed portrait from a photograph or digital image, and you can opt for a variety of media including oils, watercolors, pastels, or pencils.

If you choose this option, whether it's a pencil-drawn miniature or a life-sized portrait in oils, you'll have an original artwork of your beloved pet to treasure and enjoy. Artists advertise their services online and in pet magazines. On the other hand, if you're an adept artist, try your hand at drawing or painting your pet yourself.

3

Craft A Tribute In Words

Write stories about the best times you had with your pet. Pen a poem or prayer. Combine your words with a photographic tribute to create a life story for your pet.

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Produce A Moving Tribute

Produce A Moving Tribute

If you have any videos of your pet, have them edited to include the best clips together with background music or a voice over. You don't have to have video footage: you can create a slide show using digital images instead. If you're not sure how to do this yourself, there are businesses that will produce a video or creative photomontage tribute for you. Look them up online.

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Create An Online Tribute

There are many pet memorial sites online that offer free space to post an image or two and some words about your pet, but you'll probably have to pay a fee if you want to post several images and videos. Alternatively, you can create your own online tribute. You can set up a small free blog or website very easily these days.

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Perform A Ceremony

Perform A Ceremony

A ceremony to bury your pet or scatter his or her ashes is a fitting tribute, which has the added benefit of helping you to acknowledge your loss, say goodbye, and move on. You will never forget your pet, of course.

Place a memorial plaque or stone at the place of burial or scattering, and, at important times, such as your pet's birthday. And the anniversary of death, you can place flowers there or simply spend time remembering your years together.

You can perform your ceremony in your own garden, in a suitable place in nature, or in a pet cemetery. There may be some local laws and regulations to consider if you bury a pet or scatter ashes in a public place, such as a forest, or indeed on your own land, so it's worth checking these before you go ahead.

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Buy Or Make An Urn Or Casket For Your Pet's Ashes

Buy Or Make An Urn Or Casket For Your Pet's Ashes

Keep your pet's ashes in a beautiful urn. A wide selection of caskets and urns is available these days. Choose a simple wooden box, for instance, or a casket carved or cast in the shape of an animal. You can also buy jewelry featuring a hollow pendant in which to keep some of your pet's ashes with you at all times.

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Keep Your Precious Mementoes Safe

Keep Your Precious Mementoes Safe

Place some of your pet's hair in a locket or special box along with other keepsakes, such as your pet's collar, lead, or favorite toys. Buy a box from a craft supplies shop and decorate it yourself. Put your pet's name on the box, along with a favorite photograph.

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Help Pets In Need

It may take some time before you're ready to get another pet, but, in memory of the pet you've lost, you can reach out to animals in need. Give money to an animal charity, sponsor a rescue animal, or donate food to a pet shelter.

Conclusion

When you're grieving for your pet, you may feel helpless and lost. At this time, it can help to do something practical. Creating a tribute to your pet encourages you to remember the good times you had together and to honor your lost pet.

Read more: The Comprehensive Pet Emergency Preparedness Plan

Lucy Sheppard

Hi, I’m Lucy Sheppard. I love pets, especially dogs. My love for these true friends of humans turned into a passion. This passion led me to start this pets website so that people like me can benefit from my study and research.

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