How to Honor Your Pet for World Pet Memorial Day

“World Pet Memorial Day” was created as a special day set aside to remember all the pets that are no longer with us.

Sara Forsberg · June 08, 2021

How to Honor Your Pet for

World Pet Memorial Day

“World Pet Memorial Day” was created as a special day set aside to remember all the pets that are no longer with us. Although our beloved furry companions are only in our lives for a short time, they stay in our memories forever. Our fur babies are truly part of our families, and their death can bring as much immense grief as losing a human family member.

As an adult I have lost two very cherished furry companions.  My first fur baby, (yellow lab), Chamois, and most recently, our cat, Callie. Chamois had various physical ailments through the years and was in old age, so her time was imminent.  Nevertheless, it hit me harder than expected. I still have pictures of her even though it has been over 7 years since her passing. We chose to have Chamois cremated and kept her ashes, and had a garden stone made with her paw print. 

Callie was our fearless indoor/ outdoor kitty and unexpectedly passed away last year.  Her passing hit us all like a freight train. She passed away at home so we chose to bury her under one of her favorite bird watching trees and had a stone garden marker made for the spot.

How have you memorialized your pets in the past? If you are looking for some ideas to help with grieving and/or memorializing your beloved pet, here are a few ideas to help preserve your pet’s legacy.

Plant a memorial tree or garden or add a special garden stone

A memorial tree or garden is a great way to ensure you always remember your pet. You can plant flowers, plants, or a tree in your own yard, or purchase a tree to plant someplace else in honor of your pet. Just as your pet had a positive impact on your life, a plant will also have a positive effect for the environment.

You can purchase or get crafty and create a memorial stone for your garden or walkway. The stone could have your pet’s name or image carved into it or you can make/ paint one yourself. It is something wonderful to do with children so they can be involved, too.  This is also something you can take with you if you move.

When you see your garden, tree or stone you can be reminded of all of the happy times and you will  have a meaningful reminder of your pet.

Create a photo book, online photo album or framed photos of your pet

One great way to remember your pet is with an album of favorite photos and memories you shared. You can start with the time they were a small, adorable kitten or puppy, or when you adopted them, until when they crossed the rainbow bridge.

You can make a physical photo album and print out digital pics from your phone or online albums to make a simple photo album.  You can also create a more elaborate scrapbook by  customizing each page, or a digital album to look at or even have a scrolling montage of pet pics on your computer or laptop.

There are also many easy-to-use high quality digital photo frames available. Simply upload your pet pictures to the frame and display it somewhere in your home or office.  Any of these ideas can serve as ongoing memories of all the fun and cherished moments you shared with your beloved companion.

Do a painting of your pet

Another option for yourself and your family is to use one of your favorite photos to paint a portrait of your cherished pet. Creating art can be extremely helpful therapy, and you also will have a long-lasting memory to show in your home! Everyone in the family can join in on this activity, no matter what the skill ability may be.

There are also companies that you can send in pictures and they will send you a kit back with a “paint by numbers” set including all the paint and supplies.

Lastly, if you do decide you want a more professional portrait to commemorate your pet with, there are artists that can be commissioned to recreate a favorite photo of your fur baby.

Make a shadow box with memories of your pet

A shadow box is another way you can memorialize your pet that has passed. If you still have items that belonged to them, such as their collar, tags, bandana, favorite toy, or pictures, you can arrange them in a shadow box as a touching display to honor your beloved furry companion. This is also an activity that can involve the kids. Spending time with your family while creating a shadow box or doing a family painting night can help with the grieving process while allowing you to celebrate your pet’s life in a meaningful way.

Get a memorial tattoo in honor of your pet

If you enjoy body art, you could get a tattoo portrait of your pet from your favorite photo. Or get a tattoo of the name of your pet, paw print(s), or a special quote that reminds you of your beloved fur baby. One of my favorite quotes is, “You left paw prints on my heart”. A tattoo can be one of the most special ways to remember your beloved pet, and it will always be with you.

The death of a pet is a terrible loss. Hopefully some of these tips you may find therapeutic and helpful to honor the memory of your pet(s). It is so hard to lose a treasured companion, and grieving is a natural reflection of how much we love our fur babies and how we want to hold their memories close.

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Sara Forsberg

Sara Forsberg

Sara has been part of the BARF team since 2019. She is responsible for some admin duties, helping keep the office running smoothly and support for Rob Jr. and the rest of the team. She has been passionate about animals since a small child growing up with a Siberian Husky and 3 cats, and as an adult having a Labrador Retriever that suffered from a lot of allergy problems. She now has a rescue orphaned kitten, Poppy, and a new addition in another Lab named Jax. She has 7 children that keep her busy in most of her spare time; but enjoys anything on or near the water, spending time with friends and family, music, reading and cooking.

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