Planning for a pet’s death: How to pick out pet urns

White Grain Genuine Marble Cremation Urn

Many people are quick to prepare for their own death so that their family does not have to hassle with the details during their time of mourning.  However, while people often prepare for death of family members, the death of a family pet such as a cat or dog is not often thought about.  This is partially due to the fact that most people hate to face the reality that their cherished pet will someday pass, and partially due to the fact that many people do not realize there are ways to memorialize a pet with the purchase of a pet urn.

Even if the idea has never crossed your mind, preparing for a pets death by checking out pet urns can help make dealing with the loss of a pet much easier on the entire family since you will have a course of action to follow upon its death.  The fact that you will immediately have a place to keep your pet’s ashes will allow for immediate closure following its death and eliminate the unease of being unsure of how to proceed once the pet passes away.

Lighthouse Contemporary Composite Cremation Urn

It makes sense to prepare for the event because oftentimes it is much harder to deal with such details while mourning.  For those with young children in the home, the presence of items like pet urns helps the children understand the nature of the loss and offers them something to look at when they are missing their best friend.

Pet urns come in many different sizes, shapes, and designs and can be as simple as an elegant urn meant to hold the pet’s ashes or be more complex offering a picture, engraving, and small statue of your pet that personalizes the urn.  Pet urns are made out of many different materials such as glass, metals, and ceramic and can be chosen to fit into the decor of your home so that there is never any reason to remove it.  While it may not be something that you want to face, facing the hard decision beforehand will save you grief later and help you feel more prepared for the imminent event.

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  1. tomsbabyjenna
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    this is something I dread, My family got our first dog 13 years ago and my dog is a smaller dog so though I know he has a few more years it is getting more apparent that my dog is getting older. I know that the loss of our family’s first pet will be sad but I do think it will be a sense of closure to see that my dog is still technically with us. Although I do not want to think about the death of my dog its good to know there are options.

  2. pet memorial plaques
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Dealing with the loss of a pet is a hard thing. An urn could be helpful, also a pet memorial plaque with a photo of your dog could bring a measure of closure or even both if you wish.

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