Furry friends make an impact on our hearts no matter how short their lives are, so it’s only natural to want to memorialize our pets after they die. Losing a pet always leaves an emotional mark. Paying tribute to our favorite creatures with a creative memorial idea is the best way to keep them close.
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- Dog, Cat, or Other Pet Memorial Gift Ideas
- Pet Memorial Jewelry Ideas
- Pet Memorial Keepsake Ideas
- Other Pet Memorial Ideas
In this guide, we’ll share 25 unique pet memorial and remembrance ideas. Those we love never leave us, and that’s true for our pets as well. Whether you’ve lost a dog, cat, or another furry (or not so furry) friend, allow yourself to honor their time with one of these ideas below.
Dog, Cat, or Other Pet Memorial Gift Ideas
These pet sympathy gifts are perfect, whether you’ve personally lost a pet or you know someone who lost a pet. Knowing what to say when someone loses a pet isn’t always easy. Show support to yourself, your family, or another loved one with these ideas below.
1. A book on loss
Since pets are such a huge part of the family, it’s only natural to grapple with feelings of immense loss and sadness after the passing of a beloved furry friend. To help with this, gift yourself or a loved one a book about loss or grief.
There are pet loss books created specifically to help pet owners accept and overcome these feelings of grief. Sometimes it’s just important to know that you’re not alone.
2. Framed photo
Another way to keep the pet near to you or your loved one’s heart is with a framed photo. Frame a photo of the beloved pet in a nice frame or a pet-specific frame like this one. Hang the photo somewhere that’s seen regularly, like in the home’s entryway or a bedroom.
3. Pet loss card
It’s not always easy to find the right words to say. You want to express sympathy, but you’re not sure how. Using a card is a great way to borrow the “right” words in a time of crisis. Include pet loss quotes within your sympathy card as a way to show your support.
Ornaments on the Christmas tree are a way to save memories. Preserve the memory of your furry friend with a custom ornament in honor of the deceased pet. Each year you’ll be reminded of the pet when it’s time to decorate for the holiday.
A windchime serves as a reminder that those we love are always around. Dogs, cats, and other pets return to nature when they’re laid to rest. Hearing the sound of the breeze ringing through a windchime lets us know we are still close to nature.
6. Stuffed animal
Finally, another touching way to honor the memory of a loved one’s pet is through a stuffed animal. Stuffed animals are a form of comfort, no matter how old we are. Gifting a stuffed animal that looks similar to the lost pet allows the individual to grieve with much-needed support.
Pet Memorial Jewelry Ideas
Jewelry is a way to express ourselves and show off what we love. Bring your beloved pet with you everywhere with one of these ideas below.
7. Memorial diamonds
Memorial and cremation jewelry allows you to keep with your pet close. Other kinds of cremation jewelry, such as urn rings and necklaces, let you put your pet's ashes into a small vial, but memorial diamond services actually turn your pet's ashes into a lab-grown diamond.
For example, companies like Eterneva allow you to send in your pet's cremated remains and choose the color and cut of the diamond. From there, you can set the diamond on an existing necklace or new piece of jewelry.
Pet memorial bracelets are a subtle way to show your style and what’s important to you. There are a number of bracelets designed to help pet owners feel closer to their furry friends. Whether you choose a paw print or you engrave your pet’s name, this is a simple reminder of your four-legged pal.
Another way to wear your love for your pet is with a ring. Rings might be small, but you always feel their presence. There are a number of memorial rings that feature paws, pet’s names, and other memorial tributes for lost pets.
There’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to memorial necklaces. You could choose a locket with a photo of your pet, a simple heart medallion, or even a dog tag. Either way, this is a powerful way to carry your pet’s memory with you.
If you don’t want to invest in a new piece of jewelry, a charm is another option. With a charm, you can easily add your pet’s memory to any existing piece of jewelry. Charms go with a number of things, from a charm bracelet to even earrings.
For a simple, understated reminder, opt for a keychain like this one. These are the most affordable option, and you can even have yours printed on a dog tag. Because there’s more space at your disposal, you have room to include wording, quotes, or other reminders of your special friend.
13. Gemstone jewelry
Finally, don’t feel limited to traditional symbols of pets. Paws, names, dates, and other symbols are all great reminders, but they’re not the only way to pay tribute to a lost pet. Think outside the box by using a stone jewel that reminds you of your pet.
For instance, quartz is a symbol of love. Think of what your pet meant to you and look for a stone that communicates this meaning.
Pet Memorial Keepsake Ideas
Keepsakes are things that remind you of something or someone. In this case, a pet memorial keepsake is a way to feel as though your pets are close even after they’ve passed on. These ideas below are simple ideas for keeping the memory of your beloved friend alive.
A painting of your pet is an easy way to honor their memory. If you have the skill, paint something yourself. This is a touching tribute, and your artistic talent only makes it more personal.
There are also a number of online sellers and services who have the ability to do your pet justice in a painting or with a canvas print like this one.
If your pet is cremated, invest in an urn keepsake. An urn is a visual reminder of your pet. Store the urn somewhere visible in your home, like on a shelf or table.
Some pet cremation or burial centers capture your pet’s paw print. While this isn’t always possible, it’s a wonderful tribute when it is. The paw print is something you’ll want to hold onto for a lifetime.
If your pet is buried in a local cemetery or even on your property, honor their memory with a marker.
A custom grave marker lets you honor their memory while also serving as a place you can return to in the future.
18. Outdoor stone
If your pet loved the outdoors, why not place your keepsake somewhere that meant something to them? An outdoor stone with their name gives them a small piece of land in their memory. This makes the perfect addition to a backyard or garden.
19. Memory box
For all those miscellaneous things that you’re not ready to get rid of, get a memory box. Customizing a small box with your pet’s name on it is the perfect way to store things like dog tags, collars, and pet toys that remind you of your furry friend.
Other Pet Memorial Ideas
Not all the ways to memorialize a pet are physical. It’s also impactful to pay tribute with actions and new habits. Consider these other pet memorial ideas below to pay tribute in a new way.
20. Memorial event
Losing a beloved pet is hard. Hosting a memorial service or funeral for your friend gives you the chance to grieve with the support of friends and family. Invite a small group of guests or just honor your pet’s life alone. Either way, allow yourself to grieve and say your goodbyes.
Travel, sickness (or pandemics), and other issues can lead to a postponed event. Some people choose to hold a virtual funeral for those who can't make it. Tip: We recommend GatheringUs's virtual funeral planning service to help you with logistics, tech, and day-of-memorial production.
Tattoos are a way to express yourself with permanent artwork. Getting a tattoo in honor of your pet is a powerful gesture of what they meant to you. Tattoo artists are familiar with these types of designs, and they likely have a lot of ideas about how to create something special.
Doing good for others is a great way to focus on the positives after a loss. Volunteering, especially with animals in need, allows you to focus your energy in a new way.
23. Foster a pet
Pet lovers might not be ready for a new adoption right after losing a beloved pet. Fostering a pet is a way to feel connected to an animal without a long-term commitment. You’re doing great for a pet in need, and that’s a special tribute.
24. Light a candle
In many cultures, lighting a candle is the way to remember a deceased relative. Lighting a candle in honor of your pet on holidays and special days helps you feel closer to their memory.
25. Plant a tree
Remind yourself that nature involves both life and death by planting a tree. While our time on earth might be fleeting, we have the opportunity to grow where planted. A tree is a living reminder of our furry friend and their impact.
Finally, a gift in honor of your pet. Gifting funds or other items to a pet shelter, animal rescue, or other animal organization helps your pet’s memory live on. There are a lot of pets in need, so why not do something good?
Keep Your Beloved Pet Close
Losing a pet is never easy. Using one of these unique pet memorial and remembrance ideas above keeps your beloved pet close even after they’re gone. No matter how short of a time they’re with us, our pets hold a big piece of our hearts. Cherish their memory with a keepsake or by doing good for others.
Whether you have a pet of your own or you’re helping a loved one, it’s never too early to start end-of-life planning. What will happen to your pets after you’re gone? What legacy will you leave for your friends and family? It’s time to answer these questions.