Sometimes the most significant members of our family are often the smallest. For most people, pets are more than just animals. They are our best friends, our cherished family members, and our “kids.” We love them and value their importance just as much as that of our human family. Why, then, should it not be just as important for the ones we’ve lost to have a day of remembrance dedicated specifically to them?
This was the same thought that ran through the minds of International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories members when they decided to designate the second Sunday in September as National Pet Memorial Day. It is a day where pet lovers can remember their lost friends and show their appreciation for the love, memories, and joy their pets gave them throughout their lives. National Pet Memorial Day is now celebrated by hundreds of people all over the United States.
There are many ways to celebrate the memories of our lost loved ones and remember the times we spent together:
Whether just browsing through a collection of photographs, making a scrapbook in their honor, or framing our favorites, pictures are a great way to remember our lost pets. They physically capture the wonderful times we had with them and often refresh memories that may be become fuzzy or even lost altogether.
Plant a Tree in Their Honor
Try planting a tree on top of their grave. As you watch the tree grow, it will give you a little satisfaction in helping the environment and seeing your pet grow with it.
Revisit Their Favorite Things
Many owners keep their favorite bowls and toys in a special place and take them out every once in a while to revisit old memories. These items were very important to your pet and hold so many fond memories that they often provide some emotional relief.
Contribute To a Charitable Organization
A great way to remember your pet is to make a donation to or volunteer at an animal-based charity or rescue group. There are so many animals out there in need of good homes so they can become cherished family members to other families. Charities and rescue groups protect these homeless pets and ensure their safety.
Remember when planning a memorial for your pet, the thought is what really counts. Keeping your loved one’s memory alive is the most important thing and no matter what you choose, there is no wrong way to do so. This year, take a few minutes out of your day to sit down and think about the wonderful animals that enriched your life.
If you would like to memorialize your pet and also help fight cancer, we invite you to donate to the Puppy Up Foundation. Please visit our Memorial Wall Gallery and learn how your memorial can help us to fund research into canine cancer and comparative oncology.