Pet Memorials for Small Animals

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Losing a pet can be one of life’s hardest challenges whether it’s a horse or a mouse. The moment we are in the pet store adopting our small fur friends, is the moment we decide to give them the best life possible which also includes a fantastic send off.

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Memorials for Pet Ashes

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Our pets provide us with unconditional love & companionship and quickly become part of the family. The bond that we share with our pets is so strong that when they pass it can leave us heartbroken and the house feeling empty. Mourning for your pet can be extremely painful but by creating a special gathering or a memorial, can help the grieving process by giving you and family members a space to be near your beloved pet again.

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Ways to Remember Your Pet

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  • dog swimming
  • two cats sleeping together
  • horse with her baby
  • two rabbits eating
  • dog stance
  • moody cat

Our pets become one of the family so when we are faced with losing them, it can an emotional and traumatic experience. We never want to let go or forget our furry best friends so look for ways in which we can remember them and yet help our grieving whilst doing so. When you have children, the grieving process now needs to be focused on them too.

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The History of Memorials Stones

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Memorials have always been in our lives whether it has been growing up with small crosses in the garden from your bunny passing away or having the trauma of erecting a gravestone to remember a family loved one. Hundreds of years ago our ancestors started the memorial stone tradition by placing stones upon the final resting place of a loved one to prevent the dead rising from the grave and as the years passed on, the stones developed into beautiful and unique grave markers.

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Dealing with the Grief of Losing A Pet

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Many pet owners have a powerful connection with their animals. So when a pet is lost, it’s normal to be upset. Others may not be able to appreciate the nature of your loss, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You happen to value animals in your life – and you feel that you’ve lost a treasured part of it.

For so many pet owners, their animal is not merely a dog, cat or bunny. The animal is like extended family, so when they pass away, it’s a severe trauma that can take some time to recover from. It may be that the animal played such an unusually important part in your day-to-day life – for instance, a guide dog – that the relationship will be a difficult one to fully replace. You’ll never have exactly the same understanding with another pet (or so you feel, at the moment). You’ve lost a companion; it may feel like losing a work colleague or a partner in life. Maybe if the pet struggled with long-term illness, and achieved several recoveries, then the bond will be a particularly strong one.

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Dealing with the bereavement of a loved one

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In dealing with bereavement, it’s important to recognise that the same method won’t work for everybody. There is no right or wrong way. Often, a simple acceptance of reality has to be the key. Nothing and nobody can bring back your loved one, or turn back the clock. You are left with memories. Many people struggle greatly with thoughts of things they regret saying or doing in years past. But this is futile behavior. Above all, you must try to live in the here and now. Be thankful that such a fantastic character entered your world. Believe that you can provide the same positive contribution to the lives of others. Remember, in the end, everything is temporary. We all sometimes pretend that we know exactly what we’re doing on this planet, but life is truly a mystery to every human, whether they openly admit that, or not!

bereavement headstone

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