Ideas on Meaning Ways to Memorialize Your Companion Animal
- Hold a memorial or burial ceremony.
- Make a paw print of your animal friend in cement or clay.
- Plant a flower, bush, or tree (or place a bench with a memorial plaque) in your pet's favorite outdoor place or to mark where your pet's body or ashes are buried.
- Create a memory book filled with pictures of your pet, a list of special memories you have of your animal friend, health certificates, adoption papers, etc...
- Check with your local camera shop or photo developing store about having a favorite photo transferred to a variety of objects Example; mug, calendar, T-shirt, etc...
- Write a story, poem, and or song to, or for, your beloved companion animal.
- If your pet's cremains are in an urn, and you do not wish to bury the urn, find a special area to place the urn, pictures, toys, collars, clippings of fur, etc...
- Put your pet's tags on your key chain or a charm bracelet.
- Have a stone engraved with your pet's name, and place it in his / her favorite spot in the house or use it to mark the special place that your pet is buried.
- Check the back of Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines for ideas like: having a professional portrait or sculpture done (can be done from a photo), having yarn or other items created from your pet's fur, and / or having a needlepoint pattern created from a photo.
- Send out cards to those who knew your pet informing them of your loss. You may wish to include a photo.
- Make a donation in memory of your pet to a special cause. Memorial Donations
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
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