Pet Memorial Gravestones
If you've recently buried a pet like I have, or even if you buried a faithful companion a long time ago and would like to create a memorial (it's never too late, obviously) the following article is intended to help you come up with some ideas. Nowadays, there are numerous means by which to memorialize your pet, from pet caskets, to pet memorial photo frames, etc. etc. Back when I was a kid, these things were virtually unheard of. Today, our pets seem to be better regarded, more humanized somehow, and I think that's a wonderful thing, as I've always gotten on with animals much better than I get on with humans! If you'd like to memorialize your beloved pet, I hope that one of these ideas will inspire you.
Paw Print Memorial
This Paw Print memorial measures 8.75" L x 2.5" H and weighs about 2.5 lbs. This is meant for personally memorializing your pet, as there is a special place a 3" x 2" picture. The text reads "Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know." It's meant to be used outdoors, but if you'd simply like to use it as an indoor memorial, that's possible too. Also, note that the photo section isn't entirely closed, so you may need to seal it with something to keep the picture from being affected by the elements.
Pawprint Stepping Stone
I realize this is a hand-print stepping stone kit for children, but if I'd had this available, it's probably what I'd have personally chosen for my cat. Granted, it might be a little difficult to get a paw print, but if you do this when your pet is young, you could stick it in your garden while yo are still together and then have something to lovely to remember when you no longer are. These stones are made for outdoors, so obviously they will hold up -- but you really can't get more personal than an actual paw print from your pet.
Angel Lawn Memorials
I absolutely love these. There's both a cat and a dog version. If you look closely, you can see that each animal has wings and a halo, in addition to have their name and vital dates inscribed. These would look lovely in any garden, and they make a touching tribute. All the pet memorials are lovely to see, but these have a touch of class and would like great even in the most upscale backyard garden. They would even look cute in the front of the house somewhere.
This Faithful Cat Memorial stone measures 15.5 x11.5 inches and is meant for outdoor use as a headstone or memorial. A simple but lovely memorial slate for your cat. This would have been perfect for my cat's resting place in the park where she was buried, but unfortunately things like this do not exist in the country I live in -- not for pets, anyway. Of course, I suppose you could always have one shipped to you, if you live overseas like I do.
Faithful Friend Dog Memorial
The Faithful Friend Memorial is the same as the previous item, but is meant for dogs. It measures 15.5 x 11.5 inches and is a lovely way to commemorate a memorial site for your dog. Just as the cat memorial, this one is simple but lovely. It could be used in the garden so that you always have something nearby to remember your pet, or it could be used as the actual headstone, if your pet is buried elsewhere. And if your pet has been cremated, you could place this next to the urn.
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