Meaningful Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Collar After Death


Losing a dog is difficult for anyone – after all, it’s never easy saying goodbye to a pet that has been by your side for many years. However, figuring out what to do with their belongings once they have gone can be one of the hardest parts of dealing with your loss.

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What To Expect When Putting Your Cat To Sleep


Making the decision to put a pet down is a very upsetting and distressing one, but in some scenarios, it is the kindest thing you can do for them. It’s never easy saying goodbye to a pet you love, which is why learning how to prepare for their passing is important. Understanding ways in which you can commemorate their life and the time you shared may also help you find peace in their absence.

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How To Prepare And Plan For When Your Pet Passes


As your pet ages, you may find yourself wondering how to prepare for their passing. As a pet owner, you love them unconditionally and want to make sure that they’re comfortable at all times. When you realise that your pet is nearing the end of their life, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. In this article, we will discuss the steps you can take to ensure that your beloved pet passes in peace and comfort, and how to prepare for their death.

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What Can I Do With My Pets Ashes?


The loss of a pet is incredibly difficult, and it’s not something that most people are prepared for. When your pet passes away, it’s hard to imagine life without them. That’s why it’s important to find ways to keep them close to you after they’re gone. If you’ve recently lost your beloved animal friend, you may be wondering what to do with your pet’s ashes. This article will explore some options for what to do with cremated pet ashes, as well as how to choose the best option for you and your family.

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How To Help A Friend Who Is Mourning The Death Of Their Pet


The death of a pet is never easy. When you lose your cat or dog or even smaller animals such as a hamster or rabbit, you have to face the reality that they were not just a pet, they were your family member and friend. You may have a loved one who has recently lost their beloved pet and is struggling to cope. There are many things you can do to show your support and help them through this time. In this blog, we look at what you can do to support a friend who is mourning the death of their pet.

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What To Expect When Putting Your Pet To Sleep


Even though it may be for the best, putting a pet to sleep is something most pet owners hope they never have to consider. Yet unfortunately, there are times when euthanasia can seem like the only option. 

Read our helpful guide to find out what to do in this challenging situation. 

Why would I need to put my pet to sleep? 

Pet euthanasia is a painless process in which trained professionals inject unwell or disabled animals with an anaesthetic to help them pass away peacefully. It is recommended if medical treatment is not possible, your pet’s illness will impact their quality of life, or if there is nothing more a vet can do to keep them alive. 

Having your pet put to sleep is not a legal requirement. What it can do, however, is limit their pain and allow their lives to end without discomfort. 

What happens during the euthanasia process?

If you decide euthanasia is the right course of action, your vet will guide you gently through the process. Depending on the circumstances, the vet may be able to schedule an appointment in advance to give you time to say your goodbyes. If your pet is seriously unwell, you may have to make the decision quickly to bring their suffering to an end. In instances like this, you will still be able to bid farewell to your companion. 

putting your pet to sleep is a humane, delicate process

When the time comes, your vet will ask you to sign a consent form to check you are happy with what is about to happen. Once your pet receives the injection, the person overseeing the procedure will ensure they remain relaxed and comfortable as they pass away. After their heart stops beating, it is up to you to decide what you’d like to do with your pet’s body. 

Things to consider when putting your pet to sleep 

The end of a pet’s life is an emotional experience, but there are some steps you can take to soften the blow. For instance, you are within your rights to stay with your pet as they are being put to sleep and offer them some comfort in their final minutes. 

Being there for your pet as their life ends can provide a sense of closure and may help you deal with their loss more easily. Likewise, if you think witnessing the procedure will upset you, there’s no pressure to stay in the room. Your companion’s comfort and dignity are the vet’s priorities, so you can be sure they’ll be in safe hands at all times. 

In terms of whether you should bring children to the appointment, that’s up to you. Being able to pay their respects to a beloved pet may positively impact how your children deal with death in later life but might also be too distressing for them to witness. If your children are old enough, let them choose. If not, the decision rests with you. 

being in the room when their pet is put to sleep can help children better deal with death in later life

Another thing to consider before attending the appointment is asking somebody to go with you. Even if you think you’ll be fine, having someone to talk to on the way can help you process what’s about to happen. Should you not feel comfortable being alone after the procedure, they can also offer support and ensure you get back home safely. 

What happens next? 

As it might be too difficult to discuss what happens with your pet’s body after the procedure, it makes sense to tackle this decision beforehand. Should you decide to have your pet cremated, you may wish to take a clipping of fur or a pawprint when you say your goodbyes. But if you don’t, that’s OK too. 

Vets will offer communal or individual cremation options, or you can choose to arrange cremation independently. If you plan to bury your pet in your garden, dig a grave of at least 4ft to ensure their remains are kept safe from other animals. 

Coping with grief 

As a pet is part of your family, their death can trigger many emotions, and it’s perfectly normal to remain in the grieving process for days, weeks, and even years. If you’re struggling to come to terms with the loss of your pet, it may be helpful to talk to family or friends. If you wish to share your emotions in confidence, there are plenty of support networks available. 

there are many ways to cope with grief after putting your pet to sleep

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Adopting A New Pet: When Is The Right Time?


The death of a pet is one of life’s most challenging experiences. The amount of grief we feel over their passing can be comparable to when we’re dealing with the loss of a family member and it’s often hard to see when things will get better. The answer for some people comes in adopting a new pet, as a way of filling the void caused by the loss of a trusted companion. For others, this is easier said than done, and the decision to bring a new personality into the home is one that can stir up a whole wealth of emotions. 

So when is the right time to introduce a new pet to the family? We explore this topic in full below. 

It Has To Be Right For You 

As we touched on earlier, losing a pet can be extremely distressing. Because of this, it will take time to work through the grieving process and you might not want to think about the prospect of “replacing” your departed pet for several weeks, months or even years. 

This is completely normal, so perhaps the worst thing to do here is put a timeframe on your sadness. We all mourn and grieve at our own speeds, and there is no telling how long it will take until you reach a place where you are happy to consider adopting a fresh face. Politely remind friends and family of this fact, and advise them against forcing you into a decision. The results could be disastrous. 

Listen To Your Feelings 

listen your feelings if you're thinking about when to adopt a new pet

As time passes, take note of how you’re coping day by day. Does the idea of animal companionship make you happy or does it merely remind you of the departure of your beloved best friend? Some people find that adopting a new pet in the early stages of grief can actually make the loss easier to get through and will fill in the emptiness they feel inside. 

However, this is all down to the individual. Unless you’re committed, it’s definitely best to avoid building a new relationship with a pet until the time is right. Trying to force the issue can have a harmful effect on both you and your new companion, triggering feelings of resentment, frustration or sadness on your part and anxiety and distrust in a cat, dog or rabbit who has been brought into a difficult environment. Weigh it up, keep track of how you feel and go from there. 

Dos and Don’ts For Adopting A New Pet 

If you do get to a place where you’re ready to adopt again, there are certain things to keep in mind. Taking note of these will give you, your family and your new pet the best chance of success. 

when to adopt a new pet

New pets are not replacements. Even though new pets help fill the gap left by the deceased, they should never be seen as replacements. Don’t think that you are being disloyal to your departed dog or cat by taking in a new furry friend; instead, honour their memory by sharing your love and affection with something new. Looking for similarities in a new arrival is by no means a bad thing, just be careful not to fixate on these things to the point of obsession. 

To help avoid this, celebrate what makes your freshly adopted cat, dog, rabbit, mouse or hamster their own entity and you will be on the right path to creating lots of special memories in the future. If you can, try and find an animal that looks different to your previous pet. This will help to keep them separate in your mind. You should also opt for a different name, to save old feelings from resurfacing. 

Consult all parties. This piece of advice is particularly important for large families or those with small children. Before making a decision, ask around and see what the general consensus is with regards to adopting a new pet. There may be family members who aren’t ready for this and some who say that they want to steer clear of animal ownership for as long as possible. 

Even though you may be ready, it is important to try and act in everyone’s best interests, so that your new pet has a healthy environment to move into and those around you have the time and space to come to terms with their loss. 

Lower your expectations. Expecting a new pet to be just like the last one is completely unfair and could cause your relationship to fail. So the best way to approach life with a new pet is to avoid making comparisons and to focus instead on the things that make your new furbaby unique. 

Don’t be too hard on them if they seem destructive and fail to respond to you straight away either – it takes time for an animal to develop its own personality, adapt its behaviour and learn to trust you. The same will have been true of your previous pet, you’ll just be remembering everything through rose-tinted glasses. Be patient and everything will fall into place. 

be patient when you adopt a new pet and let your new companion be the best they can be

Consider other pets. The death of a pet can not only affect human family members, it can also impact other pets too. Those who shared a bond with a fellow creature may feel saddened by their loss and crave similar company to help them recover. Any decision to adopt a new pet should take this possibility into consideration. 

When adding a fresh face into the mix, you should also remember that more territorial animals may take some time to warm up to new arrivals, so try and ease the integration process as best you can. 

Memorial Keepsakes At Remembered Forever 

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our guide on when to introduce a new pet into the family home. Something else that can ease the passing of a cherished companion is a frame urn or memorial keepsake from Remembered Forever. Our range of carefully crafted commemorative products can be very important in helping you to overcome feelings of grief and will provide you with a ready-to-display reminder of your loyal friend. 

From ashes frames with multiple apertures to display pieces that allow space for pawprints, collars and quotes, you’ll be sure to find something truly befitting of your pet’s memory.

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The Death Of A Pet: How To Break The News To Your Children


When a pet dies, it is normal to experience grief and sadness. But for those of us with children, the loss of an animal who is considered part of the family can present several unenviable challenges. How do you explain what has happened? Should you hold some information back? What can you do to make everything better? 

At Remembered Forever, we specialise in helping people come to terms with the loss of their loved ones and know just how remarkable a family pet can be. 

In the blog below, we explore the best ways to break the news of your pet’s passing to your children. 

Why Are Our Pets So Important? 

For many of us, owning a pet is extremely rewarding. They are around to witness our successes and triumphs, and can even offer comfort and support when life gets tough. At times, the presence of a pet is enough in itself to inspire feelings of happiness and contentment. They truly are that special. 

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In the case of children, it’s fair to say that some consider their pets to be their very best friends. These creatures provide youngsters with entertainment, companionship and support from a very early age, greeting them when they come home from school, offering them a shoulder to cry on and accompanying them on many a memorable outing. 

It’s for all of these reasons that dealing with pet loss is so difficult. 

How To Tell Your Children 

So here’s the hard part. 

Although it will be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do as a parent, it makes sense to prepare for the day when you have to deliver the news of your pet’s death to your children. 

Here is some advice to guide you both through the process. 

  • Be truthful: The first thing you should do is tell your children the truth about what has happened. How you do this will vary in accordance with their emotional maturity and understanding of death, but the sentiment remains the same. 

Avoid obscuring the truth by using phrases such as “Max has gone on holiday” and instead, help your children get to grips with the idea of death by gently reminding them that dying, and thus not being around anymore, is a normal part of life. This may seem harsh, but lying to your children will make them less likely to trust you (or anybody else) in the future. 

If your children are too young to understand death as a concept, don’t worry. It’ll be useful here to tie your explanation of death to any spiritual or religious beliefs you may have in order to make things easier to understand. 

  • Explain that all feelings are valid: For most children, the death of a pet will be the first time they experience loss. And although unpleasant, this will help them to understand and deal with grief better as they get older. 

At this point, it is important to explain to them that it is completely normal to feel a whole range of emotions when someone dies, from sadness right through to anger. Share in their grief by being open with them about how you feel. If they see that you’re upset, they may find some comfort in the fact that they aren’t alone. 

  • Reassure them that it wasn’t their fault: Because the death of a pet can come as a shock, it’s not uncommon for children to feel somewhat responsible. It is your job here to reassure them that there was nothing they could have done to prevent this natural event from occurring and that their pet loved them very much. 
  • Reminisce about the good times: The death of a pet hits so hard because of how much joy they give us over the course of their lives. Encouraging your children to talk about how their pets made them feel can be a great coping strategy, as can suggesting that they write a letter to – or draw a picture of – their departed friend in the days after their death. 
pet loss can be difficult for children to deal with

What Happens Next? 

Once your child has begun to process the news, what you do next is vital. It may take some time for them to accept what has happened, but you can move this process along by: 

  • Informing their wider network: If your child is struggling at home, there’s a good chance they’ll be carrying their feelings with them to nursery, school or anywhere else they go. You should take this opportunity to explain the situation to your child’s caregiver, with the understanding that this may have an impact on their behaviour. Keep your child in the loop here to ensure that transparency is maintained at all times. 
  • Holding a special ceremony in your pet’s honour: Often, children are sad that they didn’t get to say a physical goodbye to their beloved pet. Allow them to gain some closure by holding a ceremony in which they can give their pet the send-off they deserve. This can involve a burial, moments of reminiscence and special readings. 

Purchase A Timeless Frame Urn From Remembered Forever 

At Remembered Forever, we can ease the loss of your pet with one of our timeless handmade keepsakes. Our framed urns are the perfect way to help children remember a pet who was part of the family both tastefully and sensitively. We have a range of options available, including Pet Ashes and Keepsake Frames, Pet Ashes Frames and a selection of other memorial items. We create our products to your exact specification and ship worldwide.

a memorial or ashes frame can help you deal with pet loss

Since 2020, we have been trusted by families all over the world to create personalised mementos to their beloved pets and are committed to getting each and every product right at the first time of asking. That’s how much we care. 

To find out more about us, visit our website today. You can also fill out this form and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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