Honoring Pets Gone Over the Rainbow Bridge
At Full Circle we know that a pet’s passing is part of the life cycle. Pets have much shorter life spans than their human pet parents. We have had multiple pets go over the Rainbow Bridge and we miss them greatly. World Pet Memorial Day is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of our pets that have a special place in our hearts forever. Although pets are only in our lives for a short time, they stay in our memories forever. It’s a small consolation, but it’s nice to know there are many ways you can honor the memories of your pets this June.
Every second Tuesday in June is dedicated to this special holiday and it allows us to treasure the memories of a late pet. Need some ideas on how to honor their memory? We have a short list of suggestions:
On This World Pet Memorial Day
While nothing can take away the heartache of losing a special pet, there are some things you can do to hold their memory dear to your heart. Our list below shows how you can do small things and make a lasting impression. Maybe you are good with words and writing a letter is your cup of tea. Or are you better with making memento from photo into a physical photo book? Maybe try them all?!
Write a letter
This World Pet Memorial Day capture it on paper. It can be a very soothing process to let out your emotions by writing down exactly how you are feeling. Try writing the letter as if your pet is going to be the one reading it. You may be amazed at what comes out in the process.
Create a scrapbook or collage with pictures
Physical or Digital – One great way to remember your pet is with an album full of photos of the good times you shared. From the time they were a kitten or a puppy till the day they passed on, you probably have many photos to reminisce with. You can use physical photos and customize each page of the album, or make a digital album to look at.
Using an online software platform like shutterfly.com, snapfish.com or even canva.com is an easy way to get started. The end result can usually be printed for a hard bound memory book or turned into a digital ebook, shareable with family and friends.
There are many good, easy-to-use digital photo frames available, too. Tom’s Hardware Guide lists Pix-Star and Nix Advance offerings in their top five. You could upload your pet pictures to one of these frames and display it somewhere in your home as a constant reminder of all the loving moments you experienced with your pet.
Share to Social Media – Another option is to upload your pictures to an album on your social media account. That way friends and family can remember your pet as well and comment with any special memories they may have.
Create a living pet memorial garden
If you’d rather express your creativity outdoors, a memorial garden is a wonderful way to ensure you always remember your pet. Memorial gardens can be as big or small as you want. You can plant flowers, plants, or trees in your own yard, or purchase space to plant a tree in honor of your pet in a local park. Every time you see these plants or trees, you’ll be reminded of the happy times you shared with your pet.
Draw and Frame a special photo and put it on display
As long as you have all your best photos out of your pet, why not use one of your photos to draw or paint a portrait of them? Creating art is a wonderful catharsis, and you will have a long-lasting memory to show in your home. Everyone in the family can join in on this activity – the portraits don’t have to be perfect. It’s the thought that counts!
If you do decide you want a more “show-worthy” portrait to commemorate your pet with, there are many local artists that can be commissioned to re-create your favorite photo of your pet. Local wildviewstudios.com creates marquetry (wood inlay – like left image) keepsakes that celebrate the life of people and animals.
Get a Tattoo in Memory of Your Pet
If you’re the type that would rather carry a memory around with you for all to see, you could get a tattoo portrait of your pet. Although this isn’t an activity that kids can take part in, they can help you decide what picture of your pet you want tattooed on yourself. Instead of (or in addition to) a portrait, you could opt for a tattoo of the name of your pet, a paw print, or a special quote that will remind you of your pet. One favorite quote is by Josh Billings, who said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” No matter what you choose, a tattoo is definitely one of the most dedicated ways you can remember your beloved pet.
Go for a Walk/Hike
Take the whole family and go on a walk or hike in honor of your pet. You could take a walk on a familiar path that your dog loved to go on, or hike somewhere that you think he or she would have enjoyed. Even if your thoughts are with a beloved indoor-only cat, you could also go on a walk outside in an area your pet may have gazed upon from their favorite perch.
Make a donation
Help out a local animal shelter that needs items such as blankets, food, etc.
Monetary donations are also very helpful to the animals in ensuring that they get exactly what they need at the shelter.
Volunteer at an animal shelter to help other animals
Sometimes the best therapy is just being around animals! Help another animal that does not have a forever home yet to feel special and loved, and in turn help yourself.
There are many local rescue groups and charities that would love to honor your pet by assisting other animals in need. Donations can be monetary, but many rescue organizations also accept donations of dog and cat food, old towels and blankets, etc.
You could also donate your time and volunteer to support your favorite animal charity with anything they might need. In addition to working with animals, many organizations need other types of help, such as administrative work, publicity for the charity or local events, and more.
Although it may seem sad to some, thinking about pets that have passed on is a great solace to many. No matter how you observe World Pet Memorial Day, visiting them in your thoughts will ensure your pets are never truly gone. We hope that you found helpful these ideas for a few things you can be creative with to honor the memory of your pets. We know how hard it is to lose your treasured companion and it is a reflection of how much we love our pet friends to want to hold their memories close.