It is a sad fact of life that we will almost certainly outlive our pets. They become more than just animals, they’re our best friends and are a big part of our families. It is normal to grieve when they go over the rainbow bridge and to want a tangible way to remember them.
Luckily, there are many ways we can commemorate their lives that are subtle yet show the love that we had for them. Depending on the type of pet, some people choose to keep their collar and a tuft of their fur to remember them by. People can also set aside a resting place for their pets where they can sit and reflect on memories with them, as well as plant flowers for them.
If you wished to have a keepsake that you can carry around with you, some businesses offer jewellery that can either contain a photograph or tuft of fur within or even have the piece be made entirely from the pet’s ashes. Another option is to have an exact pawprint of your pet’s paw engraved on a piece of jewellery.
A final option is to have a painting commissioned of your favourite photograph of your pet. Talented artists can be amazing with such a sensitive subject and manage to put all of the affection you had for your pet, their personality and the joy they brought to the family into a single canvas. If you are aware that your pet is reaching the end of its life, some photographers also offer an ‘end-of-life’ photoshoot so you’ll always have precious pictures to look back on.
We hope that these ideas have inspired you, and send our sincere condolences if you have recently lost a pet. Let us know in the comments if you have done any of the things listed above, plan to, and whether it helped.