Pets are more than just animals who live in our homes. They are an important and beloved part of the family. As such, when their time comes to cross the rainbow bridge, we want to honor them just as we would any other family member. If you’ve had your companion cremated, there are a number of unique and creative things you can do with those remains to help keep their memory alive. Let’s take a look at a few of these options below.
1. Tree Memorial
A memorial tree serves as a beautiful, living reminder of your pet. We’re not talking about simply planting a tree in your pet’s honor. We’re talking about an actual, living tree that comes along with a biodegradable burial urn. The urn itself is specially designed to neutralize the ashes and optimize them for planting success. Turn your loved one’s remains into a living memorial you can enjoy for many years to come. Don’t have space or permission to plant a tree? Memorial planters work just as well and can be taken with you wherever you go.
2. Cremation Jewelry
If you’re looking for a great way to keep your pet’s remains close to your heart, a piece of tailor-made cremation jewelry is the perfect option. There are a variety of ways to customize the jewelry to your own personal taste, whether it’s a glass necklace or earrings, a sterling silver and opal ring, a beaded bracelet or a wooden pendant. There’s even a way to have actual diamonds made from your pet’s cremains. These pieces combine beauty with functionality, allowing you to always keep a piece of your loved one with you at all times.
3. Touch Stones
If you’re not a jewelry wearer but you’d still like to carry the memory of your furry friend with you wherever you go, a paw print touch stone might be right up your alley. These small, smooth glass stones contain a layer of cremated remains infused within and feature a commemorative paw print in the color of your choice. Keep it in your pocket or right on your desk where you can reach out and touch it whenever you want to remember your companion.
4. Remembrance Glass Art
Hand-made glass art that is infused with cremation ash provides a loving way to celebrate the life of a pet who has passed. Artfully crafted, these elegant orbs come in a huge variety of colors and patterns and feature a flat spot so they can be safely placed on a desk or shelf. They are also weather resistant, so you can place them in a garden or use them to create an outdoor memorial. Other options include glass art sculpted into the shape of a dog, cat or bone.
5. Pet Portrait
What better way to remember your pet than to have his or her image displayed on the wall of your home or office? Custom pet portraits are hand-drawn or painted by talented artists who are remarkably skilled in capturing the life and personality of each subject. Options range from black and white to color, simple to extravagant and various price points designed to suit just about any budget. You can even have your pet’s ashes incorporated right into the portrait, making it even more of a lasting legacy.
Your pet was a truly special part of your family. By choosing one (or more) of the options above, you can honor your best friend’s memory in a way that is just as unique as he or she was.