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Animal memorials are designed to be as elegant, as dignified, and as precious as memorials designed for humans. That’s because, of course, our fur-ever friends are typically an extension of most people’s traditional family, so losing a loved pet can be a difficult, mournful time fitting for animal memorials. While there are many options when it comes to selecting the perfect tribute of a companion animal, any can create a comforting remembrance to honor their life.
Animal memorials often serve to help families who have lost their special pets remember what legend says about the afterlife of an animal: Tradition has it that, when a pet dies, it travels across the legendary Rainbow Bridge, and ends up in a beautiful meadow where it frolics endlessly with all of the world’s other deceased pets. When the pet’s owner dies, then, his or her first stop on the way to heaven is across this same rainbow to the same meadow, where he or she is reunited with the pet. The two companions travel to heaven where they live together for eternity. A comfortable looking, inviting, animal memorial, no matter its form, will help bring this legend to life for a grieving pet owner, reminding the pet’s owner that, as he or she buries the special friend, the two will one day be together again forever.
Because animal memorials can create associations like this, they can be an important part of the healthy grieving process that any animal lover experiences at the death of a beloved pet. Experts say it is important to recognize that the difficult emotions associated with losing a pet are as valid as any other human feeling, and dealing with them is important for healthy living. Accordingly, many pet owners have found animal memorials to be a particular comfort.
As mentioned before, the great variety of options available in todays memorial industry gives families a way to create a truly wonderful and befitting remembrance. For pets who are cremated, for example, there is the option of a simple or decorative cremation urn. Families who are scattering the remains or simply want something different also have the option of pet memorial keepsakes to store mementoes, or even Pet Cremation Art which offers a visual remembrance made with a small amount of the companion's remains. Alternatively, pets who are traditionally buried can be interred in a stylish casket designed specifically to offer a peaceful final resting place to any animal. A pet memorial rock or pet grave stone can offer a permanent place for families to visit and recall beautiful moments of the pet's well lived life.
While most animal memorials are displayed and stored as part of private residences, many are also made part of America’s growing number of sometimes elaborate pet cemeteries. Animal memorials are treated at these cemeteries with the same amount of grace and respect that one would expect from a human cemetery. Perhaps the most famous collection of animal memorials in the United States today is at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in southern California, and, like others of its kind, this park has special sections devoted to the display of animal memorials. The wide variety of beautifully designed animal memorials from urn gardens to statues to headstones help make the Los Angeles cemetery, and many other similar facilities across the world, a top attraction for tourists from around the world. This is evidence that animal memorials, besides being a perfect way to preserve the loving memories of any pet, can also be beautiful, even important, works of art. Moreover, pet cemeteries (and the memorials therein) reinforce the idea that a pet's life is something that is most certainly worth honoring.
Animal memorials can come in the form of pet cremation urns, pet coffins, pet cremation jewelry and even pet headstones. All animal memorials are designed and crafted by expert artisans who put their finest efforts into creating animal memorials that will last the ages. While the variety is vast, they all share one common trait - they will forever pay tribute to the life of a remarkable companion.