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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Loss of a Pet: Best Ways to Memorialize

By Maryann Piccini

The loss of someone that you love, or care for deeply is a very painful experience. Many people are able to relate to the death of a person, but few are able to understand the pain associated with losing a pet. After the death of a pet, it is normal to experience feelings of sadness and depression. For some, this feeling remains with them for years after the death of a pet. Everyone grieves differently, and it is a highly personal experience. While there is no wrong or right way to grieve, there are ways to help ease the pain. One way to help with the pain is to commemorate your pet. By honoring your pet's life you can help ensure that its memory lives on.

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.
Maryann Piccini shows us how she likes pets at Best Pet Kennels. Here she focused on Pet Memorials that can be found at: She has grown up with dogs and a variety of other pets. Along with her children, they raised a Seeing Eye German Shepherd, Jenna and prepared her for the "Big Seeing Eye School". Presently, the family care for their tea-cup yorkie, CoCo, whom they spoil with pet beds and a new Dogger stroller from her website. Visit often as there are always new and exciting products being added.

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