Nearly 5 years ago, my husband’s precious maternal grandmother passed away. This special woman had an amazing sense of humor and a flair for life. Without saying a word, she could make me laugh with just a look. Several years before her death, she visited a local funeral home in order to plan her funeral services. When she passed away, the family didn’t have to deal with the stress of organizing her farewell services. They could relax, grieve, and concentrate on the wonderful memories they shared with her. I've grown to appreciate this. On this blog, you will discover the steps required to plan your own funeral.
You have many options to consider after a beloved pet passes away. One choice that many pet owners opt for is to have the pet cremated, and then bury or scatter the cremated remains afterward. While you might wish to scatter the remains on a favorite trail that your dog enjoyed, for example, an alternative is to keep them closer to home and scatter or bury them in your backyard. If so, you may wish to set up a small headstone that pays tribute to your pet. Here are some considerations for ordering this headstone.
Determine The Right Shape
Although you can keep things traditional and choose a rectangular headstone for your pet, many vendors sell headstones that are cut in shapes that are suitable for pets. For example, if you're choosing a headstone for a dog that has passed away, one shaped like a bone might be the right choice for you. Or, if you're mourning the death of a beloved cat, a headstone shaped like a paw print can work well. Keep in mind that you can't go wrong with whatever shape you choose, but it can be nice to honor the pet's memory with a pet-specific headstone shape.
Figure Out Your Wording
One of the biggest factors that influences what wording you'll place on your pet's headstone is the size of the stone itself. When you choose a headstone for a deceased human, the headstone will often be large enough to contain a chosen message. Many pet owners opt for smaller headstones for their animals, however, so you'll need to be specific about what wording you want. At the minimum, you'll want your pet's name and the year it was born and the year it passed. If you have a vast budget, you can even consider a laser etching of a photo of your pet.
Choose Standing Or Flat
In cemeteries, you'll often come across a combination of different headstones that stand up and those that are placed flat on the ground. This is another decision to consider for your pet's headstone. Many people favor choosing a headstone that sits flat on the ground. This approach is more discreet, which may be suitable if you don't want to look out the window into your backyard and see a headstone standing up. This discreet look may also be more appropriate for when you have guests visiting your home.