The loss of a beloved dog is a very emotional time, and it is important to say goodbye. Some people find it helps the mourning process if they hold a dog funeral. We suggest ways of holding your own service below.
While it may seem strange to those without pets, a funeral for a treasured dog is a natural thing to do, especially if you have children. It can help them come to terms with their loss, and have a special place to go to remember their pet. Pet memorials have been carried out since ancient times. Mummified remains of pets have been found in Egyptian tombs and in many other countries.
A dog funeral is an ideal opportunity to explain to children what life and death is all about. That it is natural to feel sad and to cry. That what they are feeling is grief for the loss of their beloved friend.
Photographs around the house are a good reminder of the happy days on the beach or in your local park. There are some lovely photo frames which you can personalise with your dog's name.
There are gemstones and memorial jewellery into which you can put a pinch of the ashes. You might want to save a lock of hair too.
Plaques and memorial stones are very popular too.
We have talked about the grief that loss of a pet can cause, they may have been a part of your life for many years and you have had a loving companion by your side on a daily basis. The house suddenly seems a much lonelier place.
Give yourself time to grieve. It is a natural process and don't listen to those who think you should be over it in a couple of days.
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Try a gentle hypnotherapy track to relax the mind and help you cope with your grief. We recommend Hypnosis Downloads which have been created especially for those who are grieving by qualified specialists in medical hypnotherapy.
The Magnolia is one of the earth's oldest plants, with a spectacular flower which dates back 95 million years. What a beautiful specimen to commemorate a life.
These trees are grown by the foremost magnolia nursery in the USA and they will send a variety most suited to the recipient's climate.
The flowers in spring will bring joy to the bereaved and help to heal their heart.
Only available in the USA.
Keep the ashes of your loved one close to your heart with this sterling silver engraved pendant.
Choose from a beautiful range of sympathy gifts and keepsakes. From jewellery to garden angels, candles, comforting books and artworks, memorial plaques, throws, wind chimes and keepsake boxes. You will find the perfect gift to comfort a friend or relative here.
Our free downloadable and printable document "The 10 Most Important Things You Can Do To Survive Your Grief And Get On With Life" will help you to be positive day to day.
The 10 points are laid out like a poem on two pretty pages which you can pin on your fridge door to help you every day!
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