Have you recently had to say goodbye to a beloved pet? If so, please accept our sincerest condolences. Anyone who’s ever had to say goodbye to a furry best friend can attest to the fact that losing an animal companion can be absolutely devastating. In fact, some studies show that people feel the same sense of loss and grief after losing a pet than they do after losing a person. Sometimes doing something—however small—to pay tribute to the departed can really help lighten that burden. In this article, a local Oshawa, ON vet suggests some of the things you can do to honor a cherished animal friend that’s crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
Trees and plants make wonderful living memorials. Of course, it’s a bit late in the year for planting things outdoors. You can get some seeds or a seedling and winter them over indoors. Or, make a self-contained ecosystem. These also make wonderful decorative pieces!
Art is a great way to remember a lost pet, as the piece will live on. You can paint a plant pot, dish, or bowl in honor of your pet. You can add their name, their dates, and perhaps a pawprint or nickname. Another option is to use filters on a cherished photograph. That picture of your dog relaxing on the porch may look great in sepia. Or, that photo of Fluffy when she was a kitten may make an amazing pencil sketch. Print and frame your favorites.
Writing can be very cathartic. It’s also a great way to preserve memories, or just clarify your thoughts and feelings. You can write a poem, an obituary, a song, a story, or, if you want to go all-out, a memoir. This is also a great way for kids to learn how to cope with loss.
Taking time to remember your furry friend doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. If you want to keep it simple, just light a candle for your pet. There are even digital candles you can burn virtually online!
Animal shelters often rely on the charity and efforts of patrons and volunteers. If you have time, consider volunteering at a local shelter or animal rescue. Nothing can replace your pet, but helping other animals may be very comforting.
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