Ideas For Creating A Pet Memorial
In Your Garden
Many of us spend our lives with a furry friend at our side. Sadly, there comes a time when that friend is no longer with us. While there are online resources such as Rainbow Bridge where you can go for support when your pet passes away, it can be comforting to have a garden memorial at home to honor their memory. If you're looking into creating a memorial for your pet, you may be wondering where to start with the tribute. There is a lot to consider, such as placement of the memorial, decorative elements, personalization and winter maintenance. Read on to learn about key ideas to guide you in creating a thoughtful pet memorial in your garden.
You may want the memorial to be in a location that is separate from the more popular areas of your yard. When visiting the memorial, peace and quiet will be important. If you plan on sitting at the memorial and visiting for longer periods of time, consider a space that can accommodate a garden bench and has a little shade to protect you from the sun. If your pet had a preferred spot in the yard where they loved to nap or sunbathe, it might be the right location to remember them. Whatever location you choose, make sure it is comforting as well as comfortable.
Once you have the location, you will likely want to add color and some beautiful accents. You want the memorial to feel cheerful so it honors your pet's life and keeps your spirits up when you visit. Perennial plants are a wonderful consideration, since their regrowth each year is symbolic of the resilience and continuity of life. There are many plants with deeper meanings as well. Rosemary, for example, is an herb whose presence is often associated with remembrance. As a bonus, you can use this herb in your cooking.
There are many types of markers you can place at the memorial such as stones, a favorite toy or pet memorial gifts. Some items available can be personalized, or you can find a stone in your yard and adorn it with your pet's name using paint or a permanent marker. If you are crafty with paint, you can take a spin on the pet rock idea and memorialize your pet with a painted likeness of him or her. Multiple stones can be arranged in clever designs such as a heart shape or paw print to add a third dimension of intrigue.
Bring in any site markers or items that could be damaged by the rough winter. That favorite toy may not be safe outdoors all winter, so keeping it indoors can lengthen the time you can treasure it. If you picked a bench that can withstand the winter, keep it in place. Winter still has pleasant days and sitting at the memorial with a cup of hot chocolate can warm the heart.
A beloved pet can touch the lives of many, which means all your family and friends will certainly appreciate the opportunity to remember them at your garden memorial.