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The second Sunday in June is “World Pet Memorial Day,” a special holiday that allows pet parents to remember and treasure memories of a pet who has passed on. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is arguably one of the harder things in life, and it’s perfectly natural to grieve in any way you see fit. If you decide you’d like to commemorate and celebrate the good times you’d had, here are some ways to honor your late pet:
Put down on paper how you’re feeling, what you went through, and what your pet meant to you. You can include pictures and decorations like a scrapbook and keep in a special place with old leashes, collars, and toys you find special.
Create a Memorial
Lots of pet parents plant a tree, flowering bushes, or other perennial favorites to honor their late dog or cat, either in their garden or in an approved location.
Make A Donation or Volunteer
You can donate goods, funds, or even your time in an effort to honor your cherished pet. Shelters always need blankets, food, and collars; a simple online donation assures they’ll pick out exactly what they need. And if you’re strapped for cash, volunteering your time is an excellent way to help.
Hang Photos or Custom Artwork
Frame and hang your favorite photo of your pet, or commission a custom portrait (Etsy has many customized pet portrait artists available).
The Extra Mile
There are so many ways to remember your late pet – from cremation urns to fully customizable paw print necklaces to memorial tattoos. However you choose to remember your pet will be a perfect representation of the animal who captured your heart.
Taking the time to grieve and process your loss, no matter how long it takes, is an integral step in finding acceptance. There are online support groups that can help pet parents talk out their feelings (and find friends who are going through similar events). Psychologists recommend being kind to yourself, allowing yourself to grieve, finding supporters or allies who understand your loss, and finally, memorializing your late pet.