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Create a memorial page for your pet, free of charge, at Lost and Fond. You can log in as often as you want to add memories and pictures and give ‘virtual gifts’. It’s somewhere you can visit whenever you want to remember the good times you shared.
You will also find advice and help on what to do when your pet dies and information about the pet cemeteries and crematoria that are members of the APPCC.
If you need any help using Lost and Fond, take a look at our FAQs page. If the answer to your question isn’t there, you can contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
ABOUT LOST AND FOND
My name is Elaine Pritchard and I started Lost and Fond to provide a warm and welcoming place where we can all remember the pets who have enriched our lives and find friendship and support from the huge community of animal lovers who understand how we feel.
In January 2013 – following the loss of our lovely greyhound Winnie – my husband Bill joined me in helping to run this website. We manage the site on a voluntary basis and we are keen to publicise charities that raise funds and awareness of animal issues – so do get in touch if you have any news you would like us to feature.
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Saying goodbye to our dear pets can sometimes get painful, and only a good memorial service seems like a worthy payback for the love we received from them. Holding a memorial service for your dear pet is a very sweet and emotional way to express your gratitude towards them. There are hundreds of different ways of saying goodbye to your pets and you can always think of a new one. While keeping things positive and especially dedicated to your beloved pet, we have listed down some of the do’s and don’ts while you plan your memorial.
Plan on time
Plan your memorial service on time. Keeping the things planned ahead of time will give you time to spend the last moments with your pet as well as feel freely for your loss. You do not have to worry about the arrangements when you are not in an emotional state to do so.
Let your family know
Many believe their pets as their family members. If you consider your pet as your family member, then you should let all your family members know about the loss so they can join the griefing and share your pain.
Not everyone may feel as bad as you do about your pet, but they will have their way of sharing their grief. There are several ways of showing emotions, and you should not question anyone for feeling the same as you.
Allow other pets
To say goodbye. It is a moment of farewell and let the other pets join the ceremony. Animals grieve too, and they will share the pain with you when they see one of their friends pass away.
Consider homemade ideas
Think of creating a special homemade memorial for your pet with memory boxes, scrapbooks, or sculptures. You can take your time to remember the times you spent with your pet while you make a memorial at home.
Don’t get another pet
Take your time to feel for your loss. Buying a pet instantly will not help in easing your pain, and you might not even be able to give enough attention to your new pet. Take a break and let yourself heal. Get a new pet only when your heart feels for it.
Don’t pollute the environment
Keep your memorial service ecofriendly. If you are around a lake, avoid using floating lanterns, and any foreign materials as it can damage the aquatic life. Hold a natural service.
Don’t hurry up
Take your time at the memorial service. Do not rush with the burial service as the grave can get disturbed too easily and can later not look that good in your future visits. Make sure that you leave with a proper burial service and a clean surrounding.