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EXPERIENCE OF PET LOSS
WAYS YOU CAN REMEMBER YOUR PET
• have a funeral or memorial service
• write poetry, a farewell letter, or a song • draw or paint pictures in your pet’s memory • make a list of things you will miss about your pet • make a list of things you loved about your pet • create a scrapbook, photograph album, or bulletin board including your pet’s pictures, paw-print, fur, hair from mane or tail, or other items, and include writing of your memories about the specific picture or object • ask family and friends who knew your pet to write something special they remember about her/him and include these in your scrapbook or photograph album • plant a bush or tree in your pet’s memory • buy a plant that flowers at a time of the year significant in your pet’s life • have a special candle that you light when you are thinking about or missing your pet • set aside time for you and family members or friends who cared about your pet to share memories • send cards to people who were involved in your pet’s care, such as groomers, veterinarians, or pet sitters • decorate a headstone or memorial stone for your pet • write an obituary for your pet • put clippings of your pet’s fur, feathers, or hair on a picture, locket, or on a holiday ornament • donate money to an organization that helps pets • have your pet’s name engraved in a keepsake box and keep pictures and other memories of your pet inside • place your pet’s tags on a key chain or chain to wear around your neck
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