Pets are family and are important in our lives. For some of us, they can be our most loyal friend. They love to be by our side, showing us love, affection, companionship, concern and attention. We love our pets, however, one true and unfortunate difficulty in having a pet is that their lifespan is relatively short and we generally outlive them. While the average human life in the U.S. is 79 years, dogs only typically live for 10 to 13 years and cats for 12 to 18 years. Given this, many families will have multiple pets during their lifetime. When a beloved four legged member of the family passes, it’s a very difficult time that can be filled with grief.
Because of our strong relationships with our pets, we want to honor their memory when they pass on. Below we’ve highlighted five bio urn for pets and other uplifting memorial options that more and more families are choosing to honor our beloved four legged family members who’ve passed.
1) Grow a Tree Memorial
The Living Urn offers a pet version of their signature bio urn and tree planting system, where a family can grow a beautiful tree memorial to honor their dog, cat, or any other pet. After a pet is cremated, simply order your bio urn for pets and select your tree - it is then shipped directly to you, ready to plant. The Living Urn offers over fifty tree options, including a variety of beautiful maples, oaks, dogwoods, crape myrtles, cherry, willows, and more. The trees provided are 1.5 to 4 feet in height and come in small pots with a strong root system. These are sent directly to your doorstep, ready to plant. Upon receipt of your bio urn for pets and tree, follow the simple instructions provided and plant the tree in the bio urn holding your pet’s ashes to grow a living memory that can be enjoyed for many years to come!
Starting at $119, The Living Urn for Pets is an affordable memorial option that many families can enjoy. There is also a pre-planning version for pets that you can order before it is needed, and the system comes with a voucher for the tree that can be redeemed anytime.
2) Grow a Tree or Plant Indoors
Another option that’s growing in popularity is incorporating your pet’s cremated ashes in an indoor tree urn for pets, made from porcelain, that can grow a bonsai tree or houseplant from the center. This attractive pet urn comes in white, blue, or beige and can either be used indoors or on a patio or deck. The Living Urn offers five different bonsai tree options to grow with this urn, or you can simply pick up a house plant at your local nursery. Another option is to place cut flowers in the center of the urn, providing a beautiful look in any home. The Living Urn Indoors/Patio for pets starts at $179.
3) Scatter Your Pet’s Ashes
One of the most popular memorials for pets is to scatter their ashes. Many people choose to scatter pet ashes at their pet’s favorite spot in the yard, or another place of their choosing that is special to them or their pet. This can be done with a simple container you can find around your home (butter container, coffee can, etc.) or you can order an affordable biodegradable scattering urn to help you scatter with ease. The patented Eco Scattering Urn is one option that’s become a leading choice offered by funeral homes and pet crematoriums. It’s made entirely from bamboo, a sustainable resource, and gives you and your family the ability to scatter your beloved pet’s ashes with control and ease. In addition, the unique top on this scatter urn allows you to scatter a portion at one place, then re-secure your pet’s ashes back in the urn to take home or scatter at additional locations. Starting at $49, the Eco Scattering Urn for Pets is an affordable option that provides a dignified memorial.
4) Bury Your Pet’s Ashes
Another option to memorialize your pet is to bury the ashes in a burial urn or other container of your choosing. Many people elect to bury their pet’s ashes in their yard or at a local pet cemetery or memorial park. The Living Urn offers a unique all-natural biodegradable burial urn called Eco Burial for Pets. It is made from bamboo, a sustainable resource, and is a beautiful urn that can be used in a ceremony, or even kept in your home or apartment. It comes with a special birch locking pin that secures the lid to the base and is being offered for $69, an affordable option for most families.
5) Sea Burial for Pets
Did your pet love the water? If so, you may consider a sea burial with your pet’s ashes. The Eco Water Urn for Pets is a patent pending biodegradable urn system that allows you to do a sea burial with pet ashes with ease. Simply fill the biodegradable water urn with your pet's ashes, secure the lid on top, then let it float in the water. Within a few minutes time, it will break down, gently dispersing your pet’s ashes in the water below. In addition, the Eco Water Urn for Pets comes packaged in a bamboo container, perfect to transport the urn containing your beloved pet’s ashes and also a great piece used in ceremonies!
For more information on any of the above mentioned bio urn for pets, visit TheLivingUrn.com or contact The Living Urn’s Denver-based customer service team at (800) 495-7022, ext. 0.
Other Memorial Options
There are many other memorial options available for families that choose to cremate their pet. This includes keepsake jewelry, more traditional metal or wood urns that can be kept in the home, bury with a memorial marker or plaque, get a custom memorial stone made, have a paw print done and made into art, incorporating the ashes in glass, or simply keeping the pet ashes in the container provided by the veterinarian or cremation service provider.
Alternatively, if you choose not to cremate your pet, but prefer burial, Paws Rest offers a line of premium cherry and oak wood pet caskets that have excellent reviews and have become ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for pet caskets. Most pet cemeteries and memorial parks carry these attractive pet caskets and they're also offered online starting at $279. They come in four different sizes to accommodate the size of your pet.