Losing a pet is never easy. They become such a huge part of our lives when they’re living, it’s terrible to have to have to say goodbye. It’s difficult to know what to do when the time comes, but here are some ways to remember the life you had with your pet without having to resort to the taxidermy end table (ugh).
Copper Foil Memorial
Metal foil can be found in most art and craft supply stores. It usually comes in a small roll including a pencil shaped tool that can be used for embossing. It comes in aluminum, brass, pewter and copper. I like copper because of the way it ages over time, and has a bright, shiny finish when it’s new.
It’s best to use a 3-4 foot long board (like a 2 x 4), so there’s enough to bury securely into the ground to avoid tipping. However, it helps to have a scrap piece (same width and depth) about the size that will be sticking out of the ground to make the template for the copper foil.
Using the embossing tool, mark the width and depth of the board.
On a piece of paper, write down the inscription, and roughly figure out how the text should stack.
Using the embossing tool, imprint the inscription and then flip the foil over and retrace the words on the other side to make the letters really stand out. The words, ” Here lies Storm” have been retraced in this photo; the words, “the cat” have not.
To make the striped pattern in the background, use the flat end of the embossing tool (the opposite from the pointed end).
When the inscription is complete, use a utility knife to cut out the rectangular shapes in the top left and right corners from the foil which will make it easy to wrap around the board.
Wrap the foil around the 3 to 4 foot board and secure it with copper nails on the backside. Bury the long end in the ground when placing your friend in his final resting place. Plant grass or flowers and make a beautiful spot to visit.
Other Pet Memorial Ideas
Of course, there are many other ways to remember the life of your pet. You could collect all the photos taken over the years and make a scrap book—including a lock of fur. Scatter your pets ashes in a favorite spot, or keep them in a special container.
If you want to plant some flowers, a shrub or a tree to remember your pet, making a cement stepping stone with your pet’s name for the garden is another great memorial. If you search online, there are many different ways to make one, but I found these directions to be simple using some things you probably have around the house: http://www.squidoo.com/petmemorialsteppingstones
If you’re not feeling crafty, there are many companies that will create a memorial for you. I found this cute one at PersonalizationMall.com for $34.95. (link: http://www.PersonalizationMall.com/Personalized-Pet-Memorial-Stones-In-Loving-Memory-p10916.prod?sdest=dept&sdestid=1150&storeid=21&categoryid=1150)
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However, you decide to celebrate the life of your pet, it is a nice reminder to be grateful for all the time you had together.