Guest article by Mimi Handlin, MSW, Certified Pet Loss Counselor, Fused Glass Artist
For many of us, the relationships we form with our pets are as important as the relationships we have with other family members or best friends. When a beloved pet dies, we lose not only their precious physical presence, but also everything else they gave us. For those of us who were lucky enough to have loved a special animal, here are some gifts we may have received from them every day:
With the decline in the use of art in death, pet memorial art has not been very prominent in recent history. Fortunately, this beautiful way of celebrating life for pets and for people seems to be making a return.
Memorial Art in History
The parting of ways between you and those you love as they pass is always a difficult time for all involved. To some, celebrating the life of the deceased through memorial art is a way to help bring closure and balance. Looking through history one can see the imprint of death in the art of many cultures, be it the artwork of Charon, crossing the river of the dead on Funerary vases from the 5th and 4th century BC, to the elaborate funeral rites of the Toraja’s of central Sulawesi.
While this article is here to help you learn how to get over the loss of a pet, you’ll quickly learn that it isn’t something you can just immediately “get over”. Whether you’re trying to cope, or want to help someone else, this can get you started on the right path.
As a pet owner myself, I know just how hard it can be to lose a pet – they really become a part of your family. Pet loss can be a heartbreaking experience, but there are some ways to help cope with your grief. One of the best places to start, is by creating an online pet memorial.