Similar to the death of a human, a pet's life should be cherished and remembered. Holding a memorial ceremony, or funeral is a good way to help loved ones and family members come to terms with the loss of a pet. Young children can also help by making photo collages of their favorite memories with their pet. If you choose to bury your pet at home, encourage visitors to place a treat, toy or other special objects to be buried with your pet.
You might want to consider including a pet memorial or headstone for your pet regardless if you plan to bury them at home or in a pet cemetery. Pet monuments and granite pet markers are custom made. Black granite is a respectful and sophisticated material of choice for monuments and headstones. Black granite is dark in color, and are polished to a mirror-like finish. The engraving on black granite appears white, which stands out against the dark background. Pet monuments as well as head markers can easily be engraved to include your pet's name, an uplifting message to remember your pet, and also their picture.
If burial is not an option or against city bylaws, cremation offers pet owners another option. Decorative urns can be used to store your pet's ashes. Urns can be made out of almost any material. A popular choice for pet owners is the wood pet urn. Wooden pet urns can be ordered to your specifications to store ashes for all different size pets. Urns come in different wood finishes and grains, and many can have your pet's picture laser-etched onto its side. There are also urns that have a memory box on one side and the urn on the other side. It can be filled with your pet's photo, favorite toy or other memorable item. This is a tasteful way to preserve the memory of your pet. Another type of urn is a cremation marker that is made of granite. The base is hollowed out to the hold ashes of your beloved pet.
If you find it too painful to keep your pet's ashes at home, another alternative would be to scatter its ashes in a garden and then plant flowers in the soil. This way, your pet will symbolically help provide the foundation for new life. You can place a head marker or monument to serve as a memorial keepsake in the garden to remember your pet.
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