The loss of a loved one is always a tough situation to endure. However, while we mainly associate the pain of the loss of a loved one with a human being, pets can also serve as pillars of a family. When they suddenly pass, it can bring a lot of grieving as well. Fortunately, there are ways you can fondly remember a pet after their tragic death.
Creating a Memory Box
The best way to learn how to cope with the loss of a pet is to honor their memory, and a memory box is one way to go. Not only is it cheap, but it is an easy way to reminisce about the wonderful times that you shared with your pet. A memory box ensures that the memories will remain engraved in your mind. While the pet themselves may pass after a specific time, the memories will never die as long as you constantly reaffirm those memories.
Fill the box with photographs, blankets, dog toys, collars and any other mementos that will guarantee their memories will live on. You should be encouraged to keep this memory box in a safe and secure place in the house where you know it will be secure.
Create a Memorial Outdoors
While formal funerals for pets do not exist, you can always create an outdoor memorial on your property in a traditional manner. You can do this by having their name etched onto a wooden bench or a headstone.
By doing this, you will always leave a little part of their presence in your household. Even though your pet may not be eagerly running down the driveway to greet you home anymore, with an outdoor memorial, you’ll always have a reminder of them there.
Donate Your Time
Sometimes, the best way to honor the memory of a beloved pet is to serve others and donate your time. According to The Humane Society of the United States, about 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters. There are a variety of reasons as to why this number is disturbingly high. Some often get lost due to negligence on the part of the owner. Others are just blatantly neglected or abandoned due to the responsibility of taking care of one.
Unfortunately, almost 3 million cats and dogs per year have to be euthanized because of the financial stress that it takes to take care of them. Giving these stray animals the proper nutrition, medicine and treatment are very costly, and there is only so much staff that can adequately care for all of them at once. Your contributions can help make a big difference in the lives of other animals that can use your help.
Plant a Tree
You may be wondering how planting a tree would help you remember the life of your pet. Well, there are many cultures that use trees as a symbol of life. Planting a tree on your yard or in another public place can serve as a memorial that you can enjoy for many years. You can be extra creative by deciding to add a plaque or stone at the tree’s base.
If you lack adequate space to plant a tree, there are many companies that will currently plant a tree in honor of your pet. One such organization is the Arbor Day Foundation. A tree will be planted in a national park or a state and then the recipient will be sent a certificate or printed card, acknowledging your thoughtfulness.
Jewelry is a great way for you to be creative with the loss of a loved one, and because you can create certain ornaments that will be literally kept close to your heart, you will never forget them. Some of the popular jewelry choices include dog nose necklace charms. There are also companies such as Peaceful Pets Aquamation that can provide commemorative jewelry options such as charms with a pet’s name engraved.
As you can see, there are many ways for you to member a pet after their death. While it may be an immediate struggle to move on, you can always ensure that their memory lives on.