Kathryn Jennings, CPFE, CPLP, Pet Hospice Support Services
The holidays can be a difficult time to cope with the loss of a pet. Often times the first holiday without the presence of a beloved pet can overwhelmingly emotional and painful. One way to help yourself focus on positive memories this holiday season is to develop a memorial to your pet—a tribute or reminder that will actively help you access and concentrate on those recollections.
Creating such a tribute or pet memorial can be an effective tool to help you cope with grief (though it may certainly produce a few tears in the process!), and it will also provide you with a loving reminder of that pet during a season meant to focus on joy and gratitude.
There are many ways to memorialize a pet. Here are a few to consider that can all be done in a simple meaningful and heartfelt way:
What you choose to do to memorialize your beloved pet this holiday season will be what feels right for you that focuses on remembering the life and love you shared. Friends and family might not understand this need however these memorialization pieces are all part of the mourning journey meant to assist the grieving heart in moving through the grief into healing. You have the right to express yourself in any manner that brings you comfort. The life and love you shared with your pet will never be forgotten.
Pet portrait by Ashlee Church, Etsy store: BeeArtful Studio