Pet memorial services can be simple or elaborate. Participants can include just the immediate family members who have lost the pet or can include anyone who was significant to your pet. When it comes to pet memorial services, there are no right or wrong answers because it is all about your personal preferences. Humans have lived with pets for thousands of years and have honored their pets since ancient times.
If you have an aging pet, it may be a good idea to think about what kind of pet memorial service you would like to have before your pet passes away. This will take away some stress and worry from your plate when you are grieving your pet. One of the major decisions you will need to make is whether you will bury or cremate your pet. Many areas have laws banning private pet burials, so you will need to find out where you can bury your pet if that is your wish. Preplanning is a great time to select an urn or casket for your pet’s remains. Grave markers or memorial stones can also be selected ahead of time.
Pet memorial services can have many of the same features as human funerals or memorial services. Some options include candle lighting ceremonies, prayers or blessings, and an opportunity for loved ones to share memories. Sharing photos and videos can help you focus on the happy times you had with your pet. Include your children as you plan and participate in a pet memorial service. For many children, the passing of a pet is the first experience they have with losing a loved one.