How Can I Help Myself Remember My Dog That Passed Away?

Finding ways to remember a special dog will help you to grieve.
Finding ways to remember a special dog will help you to grieve. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Losing a pet that is your best friend is difficult. As a pet owner, you will mourn the loss, and you might want to memorialize the dog in a special way. Whether it is a physical memorial, a candlelight ceremony or a donation in your pet's name, there are many options. Sometimes it helps to have reminders of how special your dog was. Keeping your dog's memory alive will help you through your grief.

Things You'll Need

  • Three candles
  • Scrapbook
  • Photos and mementos of dog

Create a pet memorial. Many online retailers offer low cost memorial plaques and monuments that include a picture and a sentimental verse that commemorates your pet. (See Resources.)

Perform a Monday candle-lighting ceremony in honor of your pet. Every Monday at 10 p.m. EST, pet lovers who have lost a pet light three candles in honor of their pets who have died. You can perform the ceremony in private or join people online who are lighting their candles at

Donate to an animal cause in your pet's name. Places may include the Morris Animal Foundation, a local shelter, the ASPCA or another worthy cause.

Add a permanent tribute to your pet at

Create a scrapbook of photos and special items of your pet, so you may look through it and reminisce.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when buying products online, as there are sites that take advantage of grieving people. Buy from reputable companies.
  • If you are suffering from grief or depression, seek counseling. In many cases, talking to someone is free, and support groups are available through and many veterinary schools.

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