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September is Pet Memorial Month. It can be very painful and difficult to have to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion. The loss of a pet can also be really hard for kids. In fact, this is the first experience many children have with grief and bereavement. One way to help children process and cope with their sadness is by having them create memorials. A local Wheat Ridge, CO vet lists a few that are appropriate for kids in this article.
Scrapbooks are a great option for this, as they are easy to store and can be customized in many different ways. If your little ones have made paintings or poems, you can include these as well!
Drawing is a good way for a child to express emotion and learn to deal with things in a creative manner. This is also something that’s good for kids of all ages. If your child is still at the stick-figure stage, this can also be a great memento.
Paint-you-own-pottery places have become quite popular in recent years. You don’t have to go to a café for this, though: you can do it at home with some coon supplies. Just adding your pet’s name or pawprints to a plant pot or bowl can make
Poems and stories are another great option, as they really let children delve into their memories and emotions and come up with something unique.
Collages don’t have to be huge: you can fit smaller ones into a simple 8 X 12 frame. You can also create the collage digitally, and then print the final result. That way, you don’t have to cut up any pictures.
Plants and trees can make beautiful pet memorials. You can even consider burying your furry friend’s cremains beneath it. If you don’t own a home, you can still get a potted plant or a self-contained ecosystem.
Photo editing software has developed in leaps and bounds over the past several years, and is easily capable of turning an average photo into something extraordinary. Have the kids play with different effects, such as watercolor and pencil sketch options. You can print and frame your favorite.
If your family has recently lost a beloved pet, we want to offer our sincere condolences. All of us here at Wadsworth Animal Hospital are animal lovers too, and we each have the pawprints of a furry friend on our hearts.