Ways to Remember
Use these ideas and some of your own to remember your pet.
Photos- place them in your pet's favourite spots in the house, make a collage with them, fill a multi-picture frame with them, carry pictures in your wallet.
Write a poem a story or song about and/or dedicated to your pet.
Write down your special memories of your pet. Add to these stories or anecdotes from friends and family. Alternatively you could make a tape recording of the same thing.
Chronicle your pet's life with photos and/or by keeping a journal of its life.
Write a letter to your pet expressing feelings you may be struggling with.
Make something that reminds you of your pet - a drawing, a clay sculpture, a needlework project.
Have a professional portrait, sketch, and sculpture done of your pet. This can be done after the pet' death from a photograph. You can also have a photo of your pet transferred to a T-shirt, clock, button, mug Keep baby teeth, whiskers, fur (from shaved areas) and place in a locket.
Horses - save shoes, tail, and mane hairs from horses.
Keep pet tags. You can place these on your key ring so that you will always be carrying the memory of your special friend with you.
Have a plaque made to honor your pet. Place it in a special place-next to your pet's ashes, on a tree near where your pet was buried, in the hospital where your pet was cared for, etc.
Make a donation in memory of your pet to a special cause.
Volunteer your time at a humane organization and/or help find homes for strays and unwanted pets.
Start a pet loss support group in your area.
Plant a bush, shrub, tree, flowers over or near the location where the body or ashes are buried.
Place a bench with an engraved nameplate and/or inscription beside where your pet is buried.
Place ashes in a potted houseplant.
Scatter ashes in an area that was special to you and your pet.
Place ashes in a locket with your animal's name engraved on the locket. (Ashes need to be sealed in an airtight bag and then placed in the locket, which must be airtight as well.)
Collect pet's collars, tags, bowls, blankets, etc., and place in a special area in honor of your pet. You can also place ashes, sympathy cards, etc., with them.
Send out cards with a photograph of your pet informing those close to you and your pet of your loss.
If the animal is not buried near you, take pictures of the grave and place these in a special spot which you can "visit".
© Argus Institute
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital