Losing a pet is an ordeal that every pet owner could experience. It clouds the heart and clutters the soul with grief and agony. Although such a loss is often least spoken, pet owners can testify that accepting the reality that a favorite companion is now memory is not easy to bear. You have memories to treasure and getting quality pictures of your pet can go a long way to see you through the period of loss. Here are some ways you can create mementos of your pet:
1) Create A Photo Album With Caption
A photo album or a photo book is a memorable memento you can create for your pet. All you need is the photos you took with your pet during its lifetime and a new photo album of your choice. For example, some pet parents love taking pictures while playing fetch with their dog. You can do this as well, compile photos from the moment you first started playing fetch until the last time you did it, and put captions like the evolution of fetch.
To create an organized photo album, start by categorizing the photos. Set apart lone pictures of the pet, let the next category contain the images of you and the pet, the third category could be the photos of you, your family, and the pet. Go on until you exhaust all the images. Determine a suitable photo book size, depending on the number of photos you would like to include.
Examine each category and pick the best photos and get them ready for the photo album. Print stickers stick to each of the pictures or get blank labels, attach them to each photo, and write a brief message as you insert them in the photo album.
2) Hold A Memorial Service
You can hold a memorial service for your pet. Although this practice is not common in most societies because pets are not regarded as humans, you can still proceed to have it as a special commemoration for your pet. Preparing for a pet memorial requires extensive preparations, and you can ask for some pet funeral tips or search through the internet about how to hold a memorial service for your pet.
3) Create A Video For Your Pet Memories
Many of us have phones and have a vast amount of videos of our pets life documented. You can create a video for the memories you have with your pet. You can also use photographs of your pet and mix them with some videos you might have recorded. Videos are one of the effective ways to keep memories of pets, to have a glimpse of their life.
If you bought the pet while they were still young and have taken photos of them while they grew up, then you can do one thing. You can use the images systematically to watch their entire life from its younger years until before they died; you could also hire a video editor to assist you in having a professional touch for your video.
One can also include some shots from the memorial service towards the end of the video if he or she has held one in memory of their deceased pet.
4) Pet Portraits
These can be drawings of your pet. If you have the skills to draw one, go ahead, have it framed and hang it on your wall. You can also commission an artist to do it for you. Sites like Fiverr.com and Facebook have many people doing freelance work to make a wonderful picture of your pet. You can settle for a watercolor portrait, oil paintings, or sketches of them. Figure out what you prefer, something that works for you. The picture of your pet on your walls will help you remember the sweet memories you had before.
5) Inscribed Crafts
If you are looking for excellent ideas Pinterest is great for DYI projects and has many things to get your creative juices flowing. Messages inscribed on stones and rocks are another great way to create special mementos of your pet. You can get plain stones and write notes about your pet using stencils. You can also find a specialist, send them what message you would like to inscribe, and let them do the job for you.
Some will also deliver the finished product; you can ask if they make deliveries or if you have to pick it up. You can keep the stone safe in your house and read the messages whenever you miss your pet.
6) Picture Frames
Picture frames are available and affordable. You can order a frame where you’ll put the photos of your pets, and you can put it next to you, on your nightstand. You can also hang it around the house or have it on your coffee table in your living room.
Picture frames usually come in different designs with different materials. Choose the frame that suits your needs. In some cases, some frames can be custom made where you can inscribe messages on the frames for your pet.
7) Garden Memorials
Plant a tree as a memorial for your pet in your garden, in a pet cemetery or somewhere in your community. You can also sponsor tree planting in one of your nearby environmental conservation agencies.
Such agencies usually send a certificate of acknowledgment to the owner indicating the number of trees planted, the type of trees, and where they’re planting the trees. It is an impressive memorial to keep for a long time, and it will also be beneficial to the environment.
8) Decorative Fabrics
You can print a photo of your pet on a piece of fabric, and you can include a quote along with it if you wish. Another option is to commission an artist to design something that resembles your pet and print the artworks on fabrics like table covers and pillow sheets. You can also print a t-shirt or hoodie with the commissioned artwork of your pet.
9) Paint A Wall Mural
You can paint a mural with your pet’s image around your house. You can also use the murals to cover sections of your walls and in some of your rooms as well. The cool thing about it is that the architectural aspects of your chosen space in your house are incorporated with what you have painted.
10) Decorative Urn
You can maybe owe it to yourself and your pet to learn some pottery skill. Making your own special urn would be the ultimate last gift you could give. You could think about a beautifully decorated urn to store the ashes if you decided to cremate your pet. You can always bring the urn anywhere in case if you ever plan to move. Go for a compact urn designed to hold ashes; it usually prevents any spillovers so you can be sure that the ashes of your pet are safe. Also, a paw print and the name of your pet or photo frame can be incorporated with the urn.
Treasure the memories you have with your pets by creatively making mementos. As mentioned above, there are several ways of doing it.
You can create a photo album with photos that has captions, hold a memorial service, make a video about your pet, commission an artist to make a portrait or murals for your walls, and inscribed stone and rock crafts with messages. By doing this, it is guaranteed that your pets are loved and will be dearly remembered.