15 Unique ways to honor and remember your pet
Losing a pet is devasting as we know. And once the tears have dried and you have realized it is time to create a new daily routine, you still must start the journey of healing. While learning to find healing, you also must remember and honor your pet. Pets are family and they deserve to be remembered in the most loving way. It is very common for people to either bury their deceased pet or have a cremation and keep the ashes. However, I wanted to explore beyond the typical and find more unique ways to remember your pet. So, here are 15 unique ideas for memorializing your pet you may have never considered.
If you are a fan of permanent body art, then a tattoo of your pet’s name, face, or birthdate is a wonderful way to commemorate them. Even though they are not physically with you anymore, their memory will be with you wherever you go expressed in a unique custom artistic design made for you in memory of your furry companion.
Plant a tree /create a Garden
Gardens represent life and continued growth. Planting a tree or flowers in your pets’ honor with a garden stone with their name etched into it is a great way to honor them. Some people may even choose to use their pet’s old food or water dish as a planter. In this regard, you will always be reminded of your pet whenever you see your garden.
Virtual memorial service
A memorial service is an opportunity to bring together the people who meant the most to you and your pet. Due to COVID-19, you can make this memorial a safe one by doing an online call together. Loved ones and friends can talk about what made your pet so special. Ask people to share at least one memory of your pet, and then also take a moment to talk about how much your pet meant to you. You can share your most favorite memories with them or express just how your pet impacted your life the most. Taking a designated time to come together and honor your pet can bring a lot of comfort during this time of grieving.
Create a photobook/collage
An additional unique way to remember your pet is by creating a photo book or collage of memories through pictures. This may be a bit old fashioned, but I love looking through picture albums of memories. I often use Shutterfly.com to create picture albums. There is also a plethora of other digital photo sites you can use to create a memorial album to honor your pet. It is a great way to put the focus on the positive and happy memories while your pet was happy and thriving. Reflecting on positive memories shared together will also help in healing your heart once again.
Create a custom painting
There are plenty of artists who specialize in creating gorgeous works of art from a pet’s photo. There are hundreds of options available online. From Etsy to Instagram, social media and the creative marketplace is a great place to get an idea of what styles are available. Generally, you will be asked to submit one or two photos of your pet, and from there, the artist will make you a custom piece. Choose from oil paintings, prints, sketches, and more. The options are endless. It is a creative way to illustrate the beauty your pet brought to your life.
Pet Memorial jewelry
Purchasing a customized piece of jewelry is yet another unique way to memorialize your pet. I wrote a post about my own experience with MeowLoverClub.com. You can read my full review here. The options for pet jewelry have grown over the years. From earrings and bracelets to necklaces and rings, memorial pet jewelry options have expanded. The great thing about choosing to memorialize your pet this way is that you can use your own style and creativity to customize a piece that suits you best. Not only will you give your style a boost but honor your furry companion in the process.
An additional idea I stumbled upon in my own journey to healing included memorializing my cat Dusty by getting a soft plushie pillow made in her image. PuppyYou.com had reached out to me about providing a pillow with her image in exchange for my honest opinion. I was pleasantly surprised by the design, print quality, and durability. I would recommend it as a clever option to remember your pet. Check out my reaction in the clip below to see for yourself. There are a variety of companies that now provide this option for pet parents.
This next idea is a great creative DIY idea. Make a showdown box. If you are not familiar a shadow box is a glass-front display case with contains small objects collected to showcase or represent an important personal moment. In this case, your showdown box would be a visual representation of your pet’s life through favorite sentimental objects. For example, you could include their collar, a favorite chew toy, and several favorite picture memories. You can make it your own.
I do not know about you but one of the things I miss about having a pet is snuggle time. I remember many a time my cat Precious and Dusty would snuggle up next to me by nightfall. Precious would of course claim her spot by the top of my head and Dusty at my ankles. They always had some friction but always know how to work together for mom’s benefit. With this in mind, another great idea to memorialize your pet is getting a custom pet photo blanket made from your pet’s image. It is a great keepsake to have made and you will keep it forever. Sure, it will never replace the real purrs or tail wags of your pet, but it is a nice way to visualize and remember them always.
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For anyone that is a fan of candles, you can also investigate buying a special pet memorial candle. After my Dusty passed away I discovered Pet Perennials Healing hearts candles. The candle package arrived with a lovely personal card and note explaining how it works. As the candle melts a precious stone is revealed at the base. Each stone decodes a loving message from your pet. I thought it was such a lovely unique idea I had to share. You can pick up one of your own through Pet Perennials.com or on Amazon.com.
A more contemporary option for spreading cremated ashes is to have a celebratory fireworks display. These special firework displays incorporate cremated remains. A nighttime display of fireworks scattering might be the perfect memorial and the way to say goodbye to your loved one. Some areas, such as national parks in the United States, require a scattering permit and probably will prohibit fireworks. Permission should be sought if scattering ashes by fireworks over areas where people gather, such as large event spaces like stadiums. Restrictions on firework displays will apply. You can learn more about cremation fireworks here. It is a very out of the box idea and one worth researching.
Glass art infused with ashes from your beloved pet is new to me. I never heard of this before however in doing some research I discovered yet another way to honor your pet through art. Creating glass art pieces is a colorful and unique way to help bereaved pet parents cope with the loss of their pets. From paperweights to jewelry and urns there is a vast selection of options to choose from. You can view a sample of glass art here.
Donation to your favorite local shelter
Your pet brought so much to your life, consider donating to a local shelter in their memory. You may want to donate to a shelter you adopted them from, or to a local nonprofit whose cause you believe in. Share your gift with a cause that resonates with you, such as an animal cancer foundation if your pet passed away from cancer. Taking the money, you would have spent on your pet and putting it toward other animals will help turn your pain into purpose for another life.
Volunteer /Foster /Adopt
If you have been following my journey from the beginning, you know that one of the ways I found healing and was able to honor the memory of my cat was by helping others. I found a local nonprofit that provides low-cost animal care services to volunteer for. It was in my work helping others I found joy and was reminded of how at one point I saved my own cat off the street and provided a loving home for her for almost 14 years. I wanted to continue that legacy of helping animals through volunteering and fostering. Although I was not ready to adopt yet, I knew I could make a difference in my life and that of others by using my abilities to help those in need.
The same could work for you to help heal your heart. Plus, you never know, volunteering can turn into fostering, and then that could turn into the adoption of another furry family member. Adopting never replaces your furry best friend but rather continues the love you shared with them with another pet in need of love. Returning to adoption completes the circle of life and love. Love never dies but only changes form, for it is eternal and lives on forever, just as your love for your pet does.
Start a blog!
Finally, you could remember and honor your pet through your words and share them with other pet parents by blogging. That just so happened to be what I did. I never intended to start this blog for the sole purpose of remembering my cat Dusty but rather I had to release my emotions and feelings with the world to help provide validation to others. That heartache IS real and life-shattering. I had to let others know, they were not alone in their feelings.
It was only in sharing my journey I could recount many precious memories and experiences through personal stories and pictures of my life journey with Dusty and Precious. Unbeknownst to me, repeatedly sharing and telling my story proved to be cathartic and healing. It allowed me to remember the positive and silly moments and cherish the memories I will hold dear.
It is through my blogging journey I have been able to see just how in death Dusty continues to influence my life for the better and make me a better human being. She was my heart cat and touched my heart and I know through blogging about our bond, she is touching other hearts too. And that makes me happy.
So those are 15 unique ways to honor and remember your pet. Although not typical or conventional, each of these options should be something personal and customized just for you. Your pet was extra special and unique, and in death, the way you honor and memorialize your pet should be unique and special too. I hope I have given you some clever options to consider when the time comes.
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