The death of a pet, whether furry, feathered, or reptilian is felt deeply just the same as a human.
Our pets become family and a constant and familiar part of our everyday lives.
Everything we do at Ursells Memorial Masons is guided by our fundamental belief that every life is unique, be it people or animals – and we believe that every memorial that honours a life should be too.
That belief shapes the way our team of family advisors work with families to find meaningful ways to commemorate and fondly remember the lost lives that are important to them.
A Focus on Pet Memorials
There are memorial companies, such as Rest Easy Pet Memorials, who have a committed passion for creating memorials that help commemorate the lost lives of family pets.
The team of professionals at Rest Easy and those they have collaborated with offer free expert advice and guides that help explore how a personalised pet memorial service can be conducted at home, how to cope with bereavement following the loss of a pet, and how to choose from their wide range of pet memorials that can be beautifully crafted as a way to both heal and celebrate the life of your pet companion.
The free pet bereavement support guides available to download on the Rest Easy website were created as part of a collaboration between Rest Easy and acclaimed pet grief expert, Caroline Lloyd, author of Grief Demystified.
Coping With the Death of a Pet
Setting aside an adequate amount of time to mourn and memorialise your pet is an essential part of the healing process.
Here are some tips to get you, a relative, or a friend, through the difficult times ahead:
Be Gentle With Yourself
The pain we feel when losing a companion can be devastating, and although we may struggle with facing what has happened, it’s important to find the time required to mourn properly. Avoiding grief and trying to continue as normal seems like the strong route to take, but there is no need to get on with things if you really don’t feel you are ready. Friends, family, and grief support professionals are always there to support you through these difficult times.
Memorialisation is a Path Towards Healing
When a pet passes away, they don’t just disappear from our lives, as they will always have a special place in the memory of the family. Finding a suitable way to honour them can be a vital part of a healthy healing process. Memorialising your pet can bring you the closure you need while providing a lovely reminder of the good things they brought to your life. Rest Easy can work with you to create a bespoke pet memorial, ranging from unique pet memorial pebbles and pet memorial markers and plaques, to eco-friendly pet burial urns – some of which can even grow your beloved pets ashes into a tree, plant or flower.
Seek Support When Necessary
The way we cope with grief does vary from person to person, and this can often mean that some people prefer to be left alone. However, it’s important to realise that there may come a point during the grieving process where you feel you could benefit from some support – whether that be at the very early stages, or several weeks, months, or even years down the line.
Support from others could come in the form of communication with an understanding friend or relative. You may appreciate their support during your first walk outdoors since the death of your pet, or simply spending time with them chatting over coffee. Grief experts are also available who are professionally trained to help others navigate the grieving process and to ease the sadness and anxiety that people may face after the loss of a pet.
When it comes to the passing of a family pet, pay close attention to the behaviour of children. This may be the first time they have ever had to come to terms with a death, and if they are old enough to understand it can be difficult to predict how they will react. It would be worthwhile taking the time to have an open discussion with them to ensure they fully understand what has happened and how things will improve as time moves forward.
Honour the Memory of Your Pet
Dealing with a death can be one of life’s most difficult experiences, be it someone we know, someone we idolise, or a pet who became part of the family.
Animals become far more than just a pet. For many people, particularly those who live alone, a pet can become the centre of their world. A playmate and trusted confidante. An extremely loyal companion. This is why it is completely natural to want to offer a lasting tribute to a pet that meant so much to you.
Honouring the memory of a pet can provide comfort as you are celebrating their life, remembering the great times, and appreciating the special bond that forms between humans and animals.
There are many ways you can memorialise your pet and remember the joy they brought you for many years to come.
Some Ideas for Pet Memorials Include:
- A customised grave marker or memorial pebble (indoor or outdoor use)
- An urn for ashes
- Plant a tree
- Hold a pet memorial service
- Put together a photobook
- Personalise a keepsake (candle, keyring, bookmark etc.)
- Donate to an animal charity
If you’re searching for a reputable memorial stonemasonry company in Herefordshire, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team here Ursells. Our skilled stonemasons can craft any bespoke memorial, including headstones, cremation memorials, full kerb sets, memorial vases, and more. Contact us today by calling 01989 562530, e-mailing email@example.com, or by completing our simple online contact form.