While the pain of losing your pet is often long-lasting, it’s important to remember the unconditional love and joy you shared with them while they graced this earth.
With this Remember Me Thursday (September 28th 2023) fast approaching, the day can be another opportune time to take a moment to remember your pets that have passed fondly.
Below are some tips to help you remember and honour the pets who are sadly no longer with us.
Create a Memorial Space
Consider creating a memorial space in your home or garden, which could be made with printed photos that you may have of your dog or cat. This could include simply lighting a candle in their honour.
Share Stories and Memories
When you first have to say one final goodbye to your pet, talking can be key for coping with losing a pet, and it’s no different when it comes to remembering them. This Remember Me Thursday, why not reminisce and share some fond stories and memories you have of your beloved pet? This can be therapeutic for many and an ideal way to celebrate their memory.
Write a Letter or Poem
If you find it easier to express your feelings and memories through writing, then why consider writing a letter or even a poem? You could even keep what you have written in a small memory box as a keepsake, a sweet and simple way to remember your pet.
Make a Donation
If you prefer and have time, there are also often volunteering opportunities, with many rehoming centres welcoming the help.
Share on Social Media
If you feel comfortable, sharing fond memories and photos via social media can help pay tribute to the memory of your pet.
On Facebook, there are even dedicated groups such as Rainbow Bridge Pet Loss and Grief Support, where you can share memories and get support from other pet lovers worldwide.
Depending on your circumstances, this may not be possible. However, if you are considering giving a forever home to the countless pets who are waiting for a forever home, you may find our Ultimate Guide To Adopting a Dog helpful.
Grieving is a personal process, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of your pet, as, of course, each and every one of us is different.
For extra support and guidance, visit our Pet Bereavement Hub, which includes helpful guides and resources for coping and coming to terms with pet loss.