After your beloved companion has passed away, a dog memorial can be a beautiful way to honor his or her memory. Dog memorials can take any shape that you'd prefer, but many people choose a dog urn, a piece of cremation jewelry, or a garden stone as a way to remember their pet. There are many memorials available that are specific for dogs, including those in the shape of a dog bone, those that feature paw prints, and ones with images of dogs.
When choosing a dog memorial, there are a number of factors that you'll want to consider. Each of these can help you determine what type of memorial you're looking for or whether you might want a combination of items to honor your pet.
- Are you going to (or have you already) cremate or bury your dog?
- Do you want a memorial that holds some or all of your dog's remains?
- Do you want to mark the place where your dog (or your dog's ashes) is buried?
- Do you want a dog memorial that is customized?
- Are you planning to keep the memorial inside or outside?
In addition, you'll want to think about how much space you have to hold the memorial and if you want something that you can place on a mantelpiece or shelf, or one that needs to be attached to a wall or fence.
Many dogs are cremated after they pass away, so you may want to build your memorial around a pet urn. When choosing an urn, you'll need to know the weight of your dog at the time of death; the amount of space you need inside the urn is about equivalent to the number of pounds your dog weighed, so you'll need an urn that holds at least 20 cubic inches of cremains, for example, if your dog weighed 20 pounds. Memorials for dogs that include pet urns often include space for a collar, tags, or a favorite toy, so you may want to choose an urn that's larger than you need.
Dog Memorial Stones
Dog memorial stones are a popular way to honor a pet, and they typically include an engraved poem or saying, such as “Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts" or “Best friend." These stones usually include a small hanger on the back that allows them to be hung from a wall or fence. Most of this type of memorial for dogs can be placed inside or outdoors, although some stones that include a photo may not be weatherproof.
If you'd like a memorial that's unique, consider a personalized dog memorial stone. These stones include your dog's name and dates, and often have space for a brief quote. These memorials for dogs are often used as pet headstones, marking a place of burial. You may choose to simply place the stone in a special part of your garden, however, or even indoors on a shelf or mantle.
Pet Cremation Jewelry
After a pet is cremated, some people choose to place a pinch of the ashes inside a piece of pet cremation jewelry. Cremation jewelry allows you to keep the memory of your dog with you always and makes a beautiful memorial.
Other Memorial Options
In addition to these pet memorial options, you might consider additional ways to honor your pet. You might choose a burial marker to mark his or her gravesite, or a set of wind chimes with your pet's name and photo engraved on them. Customized ornaments are also available, as are picture frames and memorial plaques.
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Choosing the right size urn is easy. For every one pound before cremation you will need 1 cubic inch of volume. For example, a loved one weighing 200 pounds will need an urn that is at least 200 cubic inches or larger. Choosing an urn larger then you need is OK.