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How to Make a Pet Memorial Garden

Creating a Beautiful and Peaceful Final Resting Place

When someone you love passes away, having a permanent place to return to can help ease the feelings of grief and loss. This is as true of our pets as our human family members. A gravesite can be decorated as a beautiful physical memorial of their precious memory.

Some people choose to bury their pets or scatter their ashes in dedicated pet cemeteries that they can visit. Others prefer to create a personal memorial at home in the yard or garden. Here are a few tips and ideas for creating a lasting tribute to your beloved companion.

A Memory Garden Can Be Big or Small

If you own your own property, you might have ample space to dedicate to a private pet cemetery. County and municipal laws apply to where and how animal bodies can be buried, but cremation gives you greater flexibility. You could scatter your pet’s ashes in a flower bed or in the shadow of a tree. You could also plant a new rose bush or tree as a living marker at the scattering site.

But a garden plot isn’t your only option for memorializing your pet. If you’re an apartment-dweller, or if you want an option that’s more portable, you could also create a miniature garden in a pot or planter. You can mix cremation ashes in with the soil, or place them in a layer below the soil.

If you do choose to incorporate your pet’s cremated remains into your garden bed or planter, be mindful that they might affect the chemical makeup of your soil. You’ll want to take steps to neutralize the pH and dilute the salt found naturally in cremation ashes. There are commercial soils made for mixing with cremated remains, or you can choose a biodegradable urn designed for this purpose.

Creative Memorial Marker Ideas

In addition to planting a tree or flowers in your pet’s memory, you may also want to mark their final resting place with a personalized memorial marker. There are many commercial options that can be personalized for this purpose, but a homemade marker can be especially meaningful to you. Here are a few creative ideas to consider:

  • Have your pet’s likeness sculpted. Cremated remains can be held inside the sculpture or mixed in with a medium like cement.
  • Carve or paint your pet’s name and a special message onto a memorial stone. You could use a paving stone or have a grave marker specially made from slate or limestone.
  • If you have your pet’s pawprint, you can have it cast in concrete or clay to create a more personalized grave marker. You could also have their nose print engraved into metal or stone.
  • Wooden grave markers, including sculptures, crosses, and plaques, can be beautiful and blend in with natural surroundings.

For a miniature pet memorial garden, you can also personalize the pot or container that holds the flowers. You could glue their collar around the rim or decoupage photos in a collage around the outside of the planter. You could tuck a small memorial stone or figurine in even the smallest pot to create a completely personalized tiny garden.

The exact design of your memorial garden is less important than how it makes you feel. The ritual of planning and creating a dedicated space for your pet can help you to focus and process your emotions. If you create a space that helps you to connect with their memory, you’ve taken a step closer to healing from the pain of grief.

Best Friends Pet Passings and Cremation is here to make saying goodbye as peaceful as possible. Call us at 505-345-5615 to schedule service or learn about the memorial jewelry, urns, and keepsakes we offer that can help you to memorialize your pet after they’re gone.

Pet parent holding her furbaby, an orange and white cat