1. Dedicate a small area in your home to the memory of your pet.
2. Read quotes about pet loss and choose a quote or poem that stands out for your pet.
3. Hold a funeral for your pet in your backyard.
4. Keep your pet's ashes and/or a final lock of hair.
5. Cuddle Clones or custom pet figurines.
6. Share your pet's story online.
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Pet Loss Website
7. Light a candle (virtually or in real life) in memory of your pet.
8. Put up a photo display or collage on your wall with a collection of your favorite pictures.
9. Look on Etsy for creative pet memorial options.
10. Purchase or make your own engraved plaque or gravestone for your pet.
11. Make a scrapbook for your pet, or dedicate a page in an existing scrapbook to their memory.
12. Create a time capsule of your pet's most memorable items.
13. Pet psychic consultation.
14. Plant a tree, bush, or perennial flower at your pet's burial place or favorite area in your yard.
15. Keep your pet's collar as an ornament for your Christmas tree.
A happy time of year revolving around family can be a great time to have a reminder of your beloved furry family member in the home. If you want to spruce up the collar a bit to match the holiday theme, you can even decorate it with some green, red, or gold ribbon, or attach some little bells to add some extra Christmas spirit.
16. Customized Christmas tree ornament for your pet.
Building on the idea above, you can also make or buy a cute little ornament with your pet's photo to display on your Christmas tree.
17. Convert food and water bowls or stands into planters for small houseplants.
18. Make a bracelet out of your pet's collar or leash.
19. Clip your pet's collar tag onto your bracelet or key chain to carry with you.
20. Chain jewelry or a wallet chain.
A pet chain would make a great charm bracelet, and you could easily attach your pet's tag to it (like in idea # 19 above.) If you already happen to have a charm bracelet, you can also find a charm that symbolizes or reminds you of your pet in some way and clip it onto your existing bracelet instead.
21. Donate to an animal shelter in memory of your pet.
22. Write a letter to your pet (or a poem about them.)
23. Get a tattoo of your pet or a symbol/letter that represents your pet.
If you're into tattoos and want a more permanent way to honor your pet, you may consider getting a tattoo of your pet's picture, name, first letter, pawprint, or some other kind of symbol that is representative of your pet. A tattoo can be a great tribute to your furry friend, and a great way to keep them close to you forever.
24. Purchase a custom painting of your pet.
25. Share something your pet loved.
26. Make memorial cards to send out to family and friends.
27. Create and publish a free eBook about your pet's life.
28. Create a website, blog, or Facebook page in honor of your pet's life.
29. Create a slideshow or video montage of your pet.
30. Make a collage poster of your pet's photos.
31. Organize a collaborative online memorial.
32. Dedicate a small area in your garden to your pet's memory.
33. Take other people's pets into your home for boarding while the owners are away.
34. Create a "Shadow Box" for your pet.
A shadow box is a personalized and decorative display box that hangs up on the wall to showcase your pet's best things and commemorate their life. Shadow boxes can be found online or at a craft store, and customized to your preference. Shadow boxes can be designed and decorated in creative and special ways to share your pet's personality. For example, you might choose to do a pink theme for your box to match your pet's bright pink collar and harness set.
35. Write an obituary for your pet.
36. Frame your favorite photo of your pet.
37. Turn your pet's tag into a decal charm or pendant.
38. Custom patchwork quilt/photo collage blanket.
Custom photo blankets can be customized with your pet's name embroidered into the blanket, and background colors of your choice. Combining photos with a blanket is an ideal option if you are lacking shelf space to display photos or don't want to clean and dust around a bunch of picture frames.
These blankets can be purchased through Walmart, custom crafted for you on Etsy, or you can go DIY and make one yourself.
39. Draw or paint a picture of your pet.
40. Get a custom necklace of your pet.
Alternatively, these memorial locket necklaces are a little different, allowing you to put a small amount of your pet's ashes in a tiny brass urn. The urn then sits inside the locket necklace, so you can carry a piece of your pet with you wherever you go.
41. Paint your own figurine kit.
42. Build a birdhouse in your pet's memory.
You can also include your pet's name or even a short memorial message on the side or front of the birdhouse so everyone will see it for years to come. A birdhouse can bring new life to your garden in absence of your pet, and it will be sure to bring back positive memories of your pet when the birds start popping in at their birdhouse every Spring.
43. Hang up some memorial windchimes.
More Creative Keepsake Ideas
1. Paw print painting.
A paw print painting is as simple as getting some non toxic pet safe paint, dipping your dog's paw in the paint, and placing their paw on a piece of paper. You can do multiple paw prints in all different colors to make a unique and colorful painting. Be sure to wash your dog's paws thoroughly after painting their picture.
2. Teach your pet to paint.
3. Paw print kit.
A paw print kit is somewhat similar to the paw print painting idea above, but this one provides an option where you can purchase everything you need in one kit. These types of kits use clay rather than paint, which tends to avoid some of the mess associated with painting.
4. Make a felted bead bracelet from your pet's fur.
5. Take lots of photos while you can!
Lifetimes are limited, but memories are forever!
6. Earn titles or certificates with your pet.
You can also earn trick titles from your home by teaching fun tricks and submitting a video (trick titles can also be earned by all types of animals, not just dogs!) When you look back at your pet's life in the future, the titles and certificates earned by the two of you is bound to be a positive memory of your life together.
Additional Pet Memorial Tips:
- Photos are one of the best ways to keep the memories of your pet close and fresh. There are countless ways to preserve and display the best photos of your pet. Whether you put together a scrapbook, digital slideshow, put up a wall display of photos in your home, or even just set out your favorite photo in a frame on your shelf, having photos of your pet are a great way to keep their memory in your home, no matter how long they're gone.
- If you're trying to help your kids accept the loss of a family pet, choose one of the creative, DIY type of projects from this list. Working together as a family to make something in honor of your pet can be very fulfilling for kids.
- Finding a way to honor your pet is a personal thing. Find something that really speaks to you and makes you happy instead of sad. For example, if having your pet's favorite things or photos around your home makes you upset, opt to put them away in a time capsule (idea #12 above) and open them in a few years when they can bring back positive memories.