Beloved Fur, Feathered
or Scaled baby
I created a water
pond for Fifi that has brought so much comfort. It was an inexpensive project
and a project of love. I added fish and planted flowers and plants around it.
The birds take baths in it and frogs lie on the lily pads. The sound of the
water is so comforting. I bought a corian marker that says "In Loving memory of
Fifi 1984-1997". Anyone that visits can see the beauty of nature and my Fifi is
honored and memorialized.
Create a memorial
home for your furbaby.
Many Internet Service providers, including AOL, provide free space for their
members to create a website. Add stories with photo's and memories of your
One of the most
touching ways Guardians have used to memorialize their furbabies
after the horrific attack on September 11th., 2001 was adding a US
flag at their babies
Residency. Though a small gesture, it was a comfort to many of
Some will take on their furbaby's name in a screen
name or email address on-line.
Write an obituary
I tried to put an
obituary in my local paper for Fifi but they refused. Now many newspapers will
do this in a special area of the paper.
Photo Album and Memorial Table
an album together with pictures and memories. Some set up a memorial on a table
in a favorite room with their baby's urn, a piece of their baby's fur in a
frame with a photo, a candle and the Rainbow Bridge poem. Many will light a
candle, especially on the anniversary their baby went on to Rainbow
Volunteer to help others at shelters, counseling ,
or on-line at pet loss chat rooms and forums (to just be there as a friend for support).
Some go on to create a fund in their baby's name, raising money for other
furbabies that need a chance to be cared for and placed in a loving
Many wear memorabilia like a piece of the fur and/or
a photo in a locket or wear a pin in memory of their furbaby. Some buy jewelry
with the furbaby's name engraved on it.
There are also companies that will encase both your and your baby's
DNA into a locket.
A Guardian at Rainbows Bridge that
used cryogenic freeze drying was ecstatic when her baby came "home".
Others that have a smaller animal use a taxidermy service. One Guardian says she has her little bird in a cage
in a corner of her room and covers her feathered friend's cage at
One Guardian I talked with
had incorporated her baby's fur into a small blanket she knitted
Candlelight Remembrance Tributes
Monday night at Rainbows
Bridge and other web sites around the world. This helps to give
recognition and comfort in "celebrating'' your baby's life. It is a way to
help with the grief and start to have some closure. We grieve a lifetime, though we get on
with our lives, we accept the fact our furbabies are gone but never
By Ginny Brancato
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