How to Commemorate Your Lost Pet

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How to Commemorate Your Lost PetLosing a pet is hard. Here are some great ways to commemorate and remember your lost pet, so they are always close to your heart. 

We lost our dog Gator a year ago, and it was the first time we have had to deal with losing a pet together as a family. Before Gator passed, I knew it was getting to be time to say goodbye to him, so I purchased a few things to make sure I did with him before he passed. 


A friend of mine shared with me this idea to make a memory box for his paw print, tag, and photo. 

The paw print kit was really simple to use, and I was able to get his paw print made many months before he passed. It would have been ten times harder for me if I had to do this after he passed away. So I suggest everyone has a paw print of their pet. Even if you use it as a Christmas ornament, it really is nice to have. 

We placed a picture, his paw print, and his dog tag into the shadow box and hung it on the wall with the rest of our photos. 

Pet Shadow Box - How to Commemorate Your Lost PetA beautiful way to keep your pet close to you is with a beautiful piece of jewelry. My best friends surprised me with a necklace from Milk Memories that was made with some of Gator’s ashes inside. It’s my favorite color, and I love it dearly. There are different ways to preserve ashes in a way to keep them close. There are cufflinks for men, paperweights for your desk, and hair clips for children. Ash Jewelry - How to Commemorate Your Lost PetWhen we were ready to place his ashes I wanted to keep them close but I also have three other dogs and one of them likes to dig. So I wanted to place his ashes in something that would protect them and eco-friendly. PawPods are eco-friendly and are made of bamboo powder, rice husk, and cornstarch. Each Pod comes with a seeded sympathy card that can be planted to create a living memorial for the beloved pet. PawPods degrade in 3-5 years after being introduced to the environment. What I love most about the PawPod is that the kids were able to write a message to Gator to help them heal and say goodbye. There are many different sizes to choose from and even a fish pod. 

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These are the ways that we commemorated our dog Gator, but you could do these with a cat as well. Here is how my friend Lindsey remembered her cat. 

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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