The Beauty of an Epitaph
By Coleen Ellis
I absolutely love talking with families about capturing thoughts for permanent engravings on epitaphs for remembering a beloved pet.
Asking pet parents about what they will remember most about their pet or the life they shared together, and to answer with what’s on top of their mind, is heartwarming. To dial in the conversation even tighter, telling a loving pet parent to sum all of those thoughts up in a sentence, or two, will bring a smile to even the most stoic!
Wouldn’t these statements make you grin:
- Chasing frisbees and hearts in heaven
- My Little Boogie-Woogie-Little-Boy
- My Little Peter Pan Mixed with Dennis the Menace
- My Name is Shorty, I lived in Oaklawn, Illinois. I loved pizza, fries, chicken soup, a long and happy life was mine. I’ll see you all again sometime.
- (Include two from PH headstones)
For so many pet parents, trying to decide what to capture on a permanent memorialization piece gets a normal answer of the pet’s name, birth date or “gotcha” date (the day of adoption or joining your family), and a death date. But, what loving pet parents really want to remember is their personality, their colorful life, and the role the pet played in the family. Here’s permission to remember thataspect of sharing a life together, outside of just dates.
Whether you’re thinking about capturing a thought for an urn, a piece of art, a rock for a flower bed, or a cemetery marker, reaching into your heart to think about how you would like to remember your pet, what you will remember about them, the silly little song you sang to them, or the nicknames that turn into a jingle, these are all beautiful ways to recap a personality, a life, and forever memories.
What would you say about your pet? Sum it up in a sentence, or two, and post it on our Facebook page to share with the world! Anxious to read them!