Memorializing a pet

Helping the caregiver memorialize their pet is one of the best ways of expressing support and empathy for bereaved clients. Some ideas for clients include the following:

  • Donations to a charity, veterinary school, or animal welfare organization in the pet‘s name
  • Conducting an annual memorial service for all deceased pets
  • Giving the client a memorial item (paw print, fur, nose print)
  • Sending a personalized condolence card
  • Writing a letter to the pet
  • Writing a poem about the pet
  • Planting a memorial tree or providing the client with seeds to plant in the pet‘s honor
  • Obtaining a professional pet portrait
  • Creating a photo album or journal about the pet
  • Creating jewelry or charm containing the pet‘s ashes