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CHOOSING A MEMORIAL FOR YOUR PET

 

The death of a pet is always very difficult, for adults and for young children. When faced with the death of a furry family member, there are a number of decisions to make. First and foremost, you must decide how you will deal with the burial. There are, traditionally, two options for the final resting place- you can either bury and lovingly mark the grave with a pet grave marker, or have your furry family member cremated and store the ashes in a pet urn. Different people prefer different options, depending on their personal preference and the size of their pet. Regardless of which option you chose, this decision requires further choices about the type of final resting place you will select.

If you chose to bury your pet, you need to decide on an appropriate location; perhaps below a favoured tree in the backyard, or at a spot where your family can go and visit. It is important to check with your towns laws about burial if you choose to bury on private land. If you intend to bury your pet, you will need to select a grave marker to memorialize your pet, so you will always know where they are buried and can visit when you are feeling sad. There a wide variety of different materials, so you'll need to research the type of climate and the look that you want for the gravestone.

Alternatively, you could elect to have your pet cremated. If you chose this option, you will want to select a urn to keep the remains in. Pet urns can be kept indoors or outdoors if they are built to withstand the elements. There are two important factors to consider when deciding on a urn. First, you must decide what style of urn you want. Pet urns come in many different varieties with many different appearances. You can also add additional details, like plaques or pictures, to commemorate your pet's life and legacy.


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The other important factor to consider when selecting a pet urn is the size. While the exact amount of cremains varies depending on the skeletal size and the method of cremation, the standard rule is that 1 cubic inch of urn is required for each pound of healthy live weight. You can ask the cremator exactly how large the urn should be, and they can provide you with additional guidance as well. When in doubt, it is always best to err on the side of caution and purchase a pet urn that is larger than you anticipate needing. Many large urns are quite affordable, and you can choose to keep a pet's favourite toy, or collar or leash inside with the ashes.

Burying your pet can be a very difficult time. Those who lose a furry friend go through a grieving process much like those who lose any family member. Writing a pet memorial, having a funeral, or sharing happy memories with family members can help you get through the grieving process. However, knowing you have provided your pet with the best possible final resting place, and being able to visit that memorial, is one of the most important things you can do to help get over the grief of your loss.

 

About the Author:

Colleen Mihelich: Owner, Peternity . . . honouring your pet for eternity http://www.peternity.com

 

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