The death of a beloved pet can be as emotionally tough as losing a loved one, as found in a study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. This statement may be powerful, yet it probably isn’t very surprising to anyone who has truly seen their pet as a member of their family. For many, their pet is the first being that greets them when they arrive home after a long work day. They are also the warm little friend that cuddles up against them on cold winter evenings. If you have lost a pet and you’d like to find a way keep your pet’s memory alive and commemorate how much they have changed your life for the better, the following are just a few ideas you can consider. Better yet, dream up your own personal way to keep your pet alive in mind and heart.
Pets in Art
Pets are a revered subject for many artists the world over — renowned Sydney-based photographer captures the beauty of birds in her dramatic photos, visionary Korean artist Yong Ho Ji sculpts ‘mutants’ (hybrid animals), and self-taught painter Charming Baker represents the role that pets play in daily family life to perfection. There are many ways you can remember your dog or cat through art. You might decide to create a digital work with a photograph you love, paint your pet, or complete a black-and-white sketch. Once you are happy with your creation, find a beautiful frame and place your art in a meritorious place in your home.
If you love tattoos, take note of how others have tattooed images of their dogs onto their bodies. Body art is a magnificent way to always feel connected to your pet. There are so many styles available that even those into small and subtle pet tattoos will find plenty of inspiration online. Designs range from small caricatures to a paw, a face, or even a full face-and-body tattoo. If you don’t feel like sharing your pet’s story with others, something abstract can be the special reminder that means something only to you.
Life in Movement
Ubiquitous connectivity and the immense popularity of mobile phones mean that the average person has a vast store of wonderful video material of their pets. Many people feel that when their pet passes away, society almost expects them to ‘get over it’ quickly. Losing a pet (more often than not) involves making your way through the various stages of grief. When you are at the stage in which you are ready to celebrate your life, why not edit a film with some of the most meaningful moments you have enjoyed with your pet? You can then share it with everyone who understands the strength of the human-canine bond, especially those who loved your pets almost as much as you did.
Losing a pet can be traumatic and life-shattering. Don’t allow others to interfere with your right to grieve. If you feel that you need to have a visual representation of your pet to symbolize his or her meaning to your life, there are so many ways to do so. From creating an artwork to creating a video you can look back on at times in which you need to feel close to your pet, remembering your pet is something they earned by being the best friends you could ever have.