Few circumstances match the devastation experienced at the loss of a pet. Despite how well they are treated or how much love they receive, pets who are fortunate enough to enjoy a full lifetime only live a decade or two. Because many animal lovers treat their pets similar to (if not better than) human companions, their loss is positively devastating.
Pet Urns: The Soothing Alternative to Burial
Although there are no products which completely eliminate the pain of the loss of a beloved pet, there are items that make the grieving process a bit more comfortable. One such product is a pet urn. While many people choose to bury their furry friends in private backyards, there are many individuals who don't have such an option. Grieving pet owners who live in apartments or condos have few choices when it comes to after-life pet placement. Urns provide a personal and simple alternative to burial.
As someone who lost his beloved dog, Lucy, to cancer about a year ago, I know how devastating the loss of a pet can be. Although I could have buried her, I choose to have Lucy's ashes preserved in a traditional-style urn. A small cedar box affixed with a brass plate displaying her name and birth date, Lucy's urn sits atop our fireplace and is a constant reminder of how much I loved her.
For individuals who want something a bit more personal, photo urns are a good choice. Photo urns are similar to traditional wood products, only they include a photo mount (in addition to a brass nameplate). A photograph of your dearly departed can be easily mounted into the frame and displayed. This is an excellent option for people who want a daily visual reminder of their adored pet.
In addition to these customary-style containers, there are also more creative urns that allow for versatile placement. One such product is the Rock Urn. A series of urns that are designed to look like real rocks, these containers can be placed outdoors beneath a tree or next to a flower garden. These urns are nice because they offer an option similar to burial, but more versatile in placement. Once again, nothing is going to make the process of getting over a lost pet a simple one. But the ability to have your beloved close-by might make things a bit easier.
Written by Gene R. Sower
Owner, Lucy The Wonder Dog, LLC and Publisher of the DOG BYTES Newsletter.
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