What To Do With Your Dog’s Ashes: 5 Newer Options to Memorialize Their Memory and Personality
It’s the last and final bit of your sweet pup that you’ll have –– their ashes. Them coming home again can make your home feel “homey” again, or it can reopen the wound. Either way, you now have to decide what to do with those beloved ashes.
The urns they come in can be decorative or biodegradable, leaving you with the option of keeping them in the house (near you, which is comforting for many) or burying them in the yard (to give you a place to visit them).
Those are the traditional pet memorial methods, and still are preferable for many people. However, over the last decade, dozens of new dog memorial options have sprouted up to help grieving pet owners memorialize their pets their way.
These new methods have helped thousands of people better handle their grief, turning their dog’s ashes into something that helps keep their memory alive in the way that most represented their personality.
These new options range from turning your dog’s ashes into a diamond to using a special planting urn that will turn their ashes into a new tree. Here are the top five options for what to do with your dog’s ashes, including the more traditional routes: burying or decorating
1. Dog Ashes to Diamonds
One quickly growing, popular option for your pet’s ashes is to turn them into a diamond. This process takes 7-10 months, and many pet owners describe the process as being therapeutic with high reviews.
Companies like Eterneva document the process for you, sending pictures and videos of your pet’s ashes throughout the entire diamond creation process so that you are certain your diamond contains your pet.
Once you get the diamond back, you can set it in a necklace (to keep them close to your heart), a ring (to catch their glimmer in the light), or any other piece of jewelry to keep them with you always.
2. Plant Them and Watch Them Grow
Did your dog love the outdoors and watching the squirrels climb the trees? Turn them into a tree themselves! There are several companies like Bio Urn or The Living Urn which offer planting urns that mix the ashes with plant nutrients to grow a tree –– or other plants.
This is important! Planting ashes around a tree yourself can be tricky. Ashes don’t decompose well, and can stop nutrients from reaching a plant –– killing it as a result.
So, if you want to go this route, just Google “planting ashes” and use one of the companies you find. Then, plant the urn in your yard and watch the tree grow. This gives you the benefit of a place to visit your pet, and a new plant for your yard that will last for generations.
3. Scattering Them
Similar with humans, scattering ashes is one of the most popular things to do with your dog’s ashes. Spread them over a park the two of you loved, or over their favorite ocean view. Just be careful –– there are a few things people don’t tell you about scattering ashes that are important to think about.
- Don’t stand up wind! Lest you end up with ashes in your eyelashes or in your lip gloss.
- Get permission! Most national parks require you get a permit –– and always make sure you aren’t trespassing!
- Ashes are sticky. Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you to wash any ash that gets off you off. It’s better than wiping it on your pants.
4. Artisan Urns
The idea of keeping your pet close by is appealing, but a lot of the urns you get back from the vet aren’t incredibly attractive. Luckily, there are tons of artisan urns out there you can purchase and then transfer the ashes.
If this sounds icky, don’t worry! Your dog’s ashes will be in a plastic bag inside the original urn. All you’ll have to do is pull the plastic bag out and put it in the new piece. You can search “Artisan Urns” on Google to find options. Etsy has a ton of options, as does company Artisurn.
5. Cremation Beads
Similar to the dog ashes to diamonds option, cremation beads can be tailored made to your desired color and style. The artist then uses the cremations within the glass making process to create a custom bead infused with your dog’s ashes.
Losing your dog is an incredibly difficult experience leading to a tough grieving process. How you choose to memorialize your pup is best left to you:
- What will help you heal?
- What will remind you of them?
The answers to those questions may lead you to traditional memorials or some newer options. Either way, the connection you built with your dog is a memory you’ll never forget.