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Memorializing Loved Ones

Julie Bacon Memorial

Here’s something that no one wants to have to talk about ever: losing a dog. We all know that it is incomparable pain regardless of the dog’s age or circumstances around the loss. The pain is ineffable.

I lost Karma in December 2015, and probably like all of us, I was desperate to hang on to “something,” some part of him I could literally touch. Of course I went to my keyboard. 

I found a zillion great resources, sites and memorial items online - things for all tastes and desires. I also was fortunate enough to get gifts from friends far away and close to home, and it’s always meaningful to know someone acknowledges your grief.

I have compiled a completely incomplete list of links to memorial items for when you or a friend faces such a heart wrenching loss. Please add to this list via the comments section so we all can benefit these beautiful treasures.

Share with love.

 

First, here’s what I did to memorialize Karma:

An east coast Berner person does pottery so I had her do a treat jar for an urn. She added his name to it and I will likely glue it shut (although the ashes are in a glamorous plastic bag with a twist-tie!).

http://www.sleepingdogspottery.com

  

The Etsy Urn I really like is this: (the shop has multiple sizes, colors, etc.)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/186747814/custom-quote-color-urn-pet-urn-or-human

 ** With Urns, make sure they are big enough for our kids! My first one for Karma was big enough for a toy poodle. #fail This was Karma’s failed photo urn: www.ulekstore.com (Via Etsy)

 

The pendant I purchased:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/128106835/solidified-ashes-jewelry-20mm-sterling

The (cheaper!) pendant I almost got: (I like that you can get different colors)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/229140284/pet-cremation-pendant-925-sterling?ref=shop_home_active_5

  

I did a quote from Karma inside this bracelet:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/255338402/personalized-quote-bracelet

 

I received these prayer flags from a thoughtful friend:

http://prayersonthewind.com

 

 

Now for some other great suggestions:

 

These you have to do while the dog/pet is still alive: (presence of mind!)

DNA Jewelry: ‪http://joyofdna.com‪ ‬

DNA Jewelry: http://perpetuadnajewels.com

Nose print: http://perpetuadnajewels.com

Using hair: http://www.galladesigns.com/products_Memorial.html

 

 

And still more:  (I really liked some of the glass pieces!)

Bracelet - http://www.threescoopsofvanilla.com/shop.html

Ash Beads: https://www.etsy.com/listing/230006900/memorial-beads?ref=related-0

Bracelet-Urn:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/266356852/custom-personalized-cremation-urn-cuff?ref=related-1

Glass & Urns: http://www.soulbursts.com/

Glass: http://www.artfulashes.com

Box Urns: http://byandbymemorials.com

Jewelry, urns: 4pawsforever.org

Photo Jewelry: https://www.zeldassong.com

 

Some other ideas are rooted in your dog’s favorite activity or place. Stones, boxes, urns, jewelry or garden objects are all great places to start. Etsy.com is a great place to begin.



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