Ways to Memorialize Your Pet

Things you can do for your pet:

  • Have a funeral or memorial service
  • Write poetry, a farewell letter, or a song
  • Draw or paint pictures in your pet’s memory
  • Make a list of things you will miss about your pet
  • Make a list of things you loved about your pet
  • Create a scrapbook, photograph album, or bulletin board including your pet’s pictures, paw-print, fur, hair from mane or tail, feathers or other items and include a writing of your memories about the specific picture or object
  • Ask family and friends who knew your pet to write something special they remember about her/him and include these in your scrapbook or photograph album
  • Plant a bush or tree in your pet’s memory
  • Buy a plant that flowers at a time of the year significant in your pet’s life
  • Have a special candle that you light when you are thinking about or missing your pet
  • Set aside time for you and family members or friends who cared about your pet to share memories
  • Send cards to people who were involved in your pet’s care, such as groomers, veterinarians, or pet sitters
  • Decorate a headstone or memorial stone for your pet
  • Write an obituary for your pet
  • Put clippings of your pet’s fur, feathers, or hair on a picture, locket, or on a holiday ornament
  • Have your pet’s name engraved in a keepsake box and keep pictures and other memories of your pet inside
  • Place your pet’s tags on a key chain or chain to wear around your neck