September 13th is National Pet Memorial Day. If you’re an animal lover, like we are, you may have had to say goodbye to a cherished companion. Letting go of a furry friend is a very painful thing to go through. In fact, some studies have shown that the grief bereaved pet owners go through is very similar to what we experience when we lose a cherished friend, partner, or family member. There are some thing you can do to honor your pet’s memory, however. In this article, a Lakeville, MN vet lists a few ways you can memorialize a beloved pet.
Plants make wonderful living memorials, ones that grow more beautiful over time. You can keep it simple, by getting a single plant or perhaps a self-contained environmental sphere. Or, plant some flowers, a bush, tree, or a whole garden!
Another thing you can do is paint a garden stone, pot, or vase in memory of your pet. Add their name and the dates of their birth or adoption and death, and perhaps some pawprints or a nice quote.
Scrapbooks are really the gold standard when it comes to mementos. Add photos, toys, a leash and collar, and/or adoption records.
Why not collect some of your favorite photos into a collage? Or, for a more modern take on this, you can upload a few to a digital photo frame.
If you can draw well, make a nice drawing of your pet. You can also commission a local artist to turn a favorite photo into a drawing or even a painting.
Writing is a wonderful way to deal with grief and loss. This can take any form you like, from poetry to obituaries to journals to memoirs. You can even write an obituary for your pet.
Another wonderful way to honor a lost pet is to do something to help other pets. You may be surprised at how healing this can be! There are plenty of local charities to choose from. If you got your furry pal from a shelter, consider donating money or supplies to that shelter in their memory.
Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your pet. All of us here at Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital, your Lakeville, MN vet clinic, know how hard it is to say goodbye to a furry best friend.