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Pet Urns And Other Unique Ways To Remember A Departed Pet

pet urn with a dog paw pattern on the lid

Nothing can truly prepare you for the loss of a beloved pet. Whether they pass away suddenly or as a result of old age, saying goodbye to your best friend is often one of the most painful experiences of your life.


While you’ll always have the memories of your precious time together, it might help you to find a way to find a special way to honour your pet - whether it’s soon after their passing or in the years to come. Celebrating their life and what they meant to you can be an important part of the healing process, and helps to keep the love you shared with them alive.


If the right idea hasn’t come to you yet, here are a few simple yet meaningful ways that you can commemorate your pet forever.

Hold a Memorial Service

In the same way that funerals help us process the passing of our human loved ones, so too can pet memorial services serve this purpose. Holding a small but thoughtful gathering to celebrate the life of your four-legged companion is a good opportunity to remember happy moments and do something special in their honour. You might choose to have their ashes placed in a beautiful pet urn that captures their spirit and bury it in a special place in your garden, accompanied by a stone, garden ornament or tree sapling to mark the resting place, allowing you to return whenever you like to relive the memories. Alternatively, you could scatter their ashes in a place that feels meaningful.

Memorial Jewellery

For those who want to keep a small part of their departed pet close at all times, memorial jewellery can act as a lovely tribute. These pieces often come in the form of necklaces, bracelets or keychains that contain a compartment for a small portion of your pet's ashes. Wearing such a keepsake allows you to carry the memory of your pet with you wherever you go, which can provide a sense of comfort and connection to them as you heal from their passing.


Memorial jewellery is available in a wide range of different designs to suit your tastes, from simple and elegant to more intricate styles. Some pieces can even incorporate birthstones or charms that represent special moments shared with your pet. The subtle nature of memorial jewellery allows for a discreet and personal way to keep your pet's memory alive.

Commemorative Artwork

Art has a unique way of capturing the essence of special moments, making it a powerful tool for memorialising a dearly departed pet. You might want to consider commissioning a custom portrait or artwork that captures your pet's life and personality. There are many talented artists who can create lifelike depictions that will become a cherished focal point in your home.


There are even artists who specialise in incorporating your pet's ashes into their creations, such as paintings or sculptures. This unique approach transforms your pet's ashes into a tangible piece of art, providing a one-of-a-kind tribute that beautifully merges the physical and emotional aspects of your pet's legacy.

Plant a Memorial Garden

We already mentioned planting a tree to mark the spot where your pet’s ashes are buried, but why not take this idea one step further than plant a whole garden? Creating a memorial garden in honour of your pet is a beautiful way to celebrate their life while improving your garden in the process. Choose a serene spot in your outdoor space, or even in a container garden if space is limited. Select plants, flowers or trees that hold special significance, perhaps ones that were your pet's favourite or have symbolic meaning.


As the garden grows and flourishes, it becomes a living tribute to your beloved companion. You could place a personalised memorial marker or plaque within the garden to create a designated space for reflection. You’re sure to find that spending time in this peaceful setting can provide solace and serve as a therapeutic way to cope with grief.

Memory Boxes

Memory boxes act as a practical and sentimental way to preserve the memories of your pet. These boxes can be used to store items such as collars, toys, photos and other memorabilia that hold special meaning. Choose a beautifully crafted box that complements your home decor, making it a discreet yet meaningful tribute.


Alternatively, if you want your box to stand out, customise it with your pet's name or a heartfelt message to add a personal touch. Whenever you feel the need to reminisce, open the box and immerse yourself in the physical reminders of the love and joy your pet brought into your life.

Give Back

Another meaningful way to remember your pet is by getting involved in the community. Look into volunteering opportunities or donating to local animal shelters, rescue organisations or pet charities in your pet's name. Being generous with your time and money not only honours your pet's legacy but also helps other animals in need, ensuring that some good comes out of your grief.


You could also participate in local events or fundraisers dedicated to pet welfare, or even organise a memorial charity event in honour of your pet. The communal support can be a source of comfort and connection, allowing you to share memories and stories with others who understand the unique bond between humans and their pets.

Get a Tattoo

Some grieving pet parents might even choose to carry their pet with them in a more permanent way. A talented tattoo artist will be able to craft a custom portrait of your pet from a photograph, or even replicate their paw or nose print if you were able to get these down on paper. Alternatively, a simple paw print with your pet's name and/or a heart, or a symbol of something that represents them to you, can also serve as a thoughtful reminder of your faithful companion. A simple Google search will provide you with plenty of inspiration on how to commit their memory.

Big & Small Animal Cremations in London

As pet owners ourselves, we understand just how devastating losing your beloved pet can be, and the last thing you want to do whilst grieving is think about the details of what comes next. That’s why, if you’re based in Northolt, you should get in touch with Cherished Hearts Cremation. We offer a bespoke pet memorial service to help you say a proper goodbye. Our compassionate team will be by your side every step of the way - from arranging a small animal cremation to choosing a pet urn - taking care of the logistics so you don’t have to.


We are available 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) and are always happy to talk through your ideas. Whether you’re looking to schedule a rabbit cremation or want advice about cremating a hamster, we’ll do all we can to help you give your pet the perfect send-off. Please get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help.

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