Category Archives: Memorializing a pet

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

For most people, the holidays are a time spent with our loved ones, celebrating our relationships and togetherness. When you have lost a family member, including a beloved pet, the holidays can magnify your sense of grief and loss as … Continue reading

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What is a Clay Print?

Memorial objects are an important way for you to stay connected with the memory of your pet.  They provide comfort during the time of grieving and can take many forms.  You may find comfort from a lock of hair you … Continue reading

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Am I ready for another pet?

The ifs and whens of getting another pet can be complicated and emotional, and no two experiences are exactly alike. While there isn’t necessarily a “right” or “wrong” decision, there are some questions you should ask yourself to help explore … Continue reading

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Sorting Through the Memories

One of the best things about being a veterinarian who works with pets at the end of life is that I get to be with pet owners at that important time as well. I went to school for a lot … Continue reading

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Healing Through Remembering

  If you have ever lost a human family member, you know that funeral services, public announcements, obituaries, visitations or wakes, and many sympathy cards usually follow the death. Often, there is a period of mourning that is acknowledged, respected … Continue reading

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Cremated ashes in the garden

During the warmer months, many people ask if they can bury all or some of their beloved pet’s cremated ashes into their garden soil.  Memorializing their pet by nourishing their plants, or perhaps planting a specific tree or bush in their pet’s … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Memorialize a Pet

When a beloved companion animal dies, the void they leave behind can feel overwhelming. When their physical presence filled every space in your lap, bed, home and heart, the emptiness you feel after they are gone can be the most … Continue reading

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Individual Cremation and Your Pet’s Ashes

It is likely very important to you how your pet’s body will be handled after death.  We feel the same way.  Even though the pet is deceased, the body remains as a significant source of connection for many people and … Continue reading

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Memorial Walk to Honor Your Pet’s Memory

A few months ago, during the coldest, gloomiest days of winter, someone had mentioned to me the idea of taking a memorial walk to remember and celebrate the life of a pet you’ve said goodbye to. The idea has been … Continue reading

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Making Arrangements… A Personal Choice

I recently spoke with a client who was interested in the details of what would happen to her pets’ body after a euthanasia appointment.  We talked at length about those specifics, and after some conversation I realized that she may … Continue reading

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