Grief is the Price of Love

29 March 2016 Magazine

Grief is the Price of Love
by Peggy Hoyt, Host of All My Children Wear Fur Coats

The loss of a pet can be devastating.  It’s not “just” a dog, cat, horse or other beloved pet – it is a member of your family.  Grieving is a process that can take many forms, has numerous distinct attributes and can take a long time, maybe even forever.

Memorializing your beloved pet is one way to cope with the loss.  How you do that is up to you, there are lots of different options. Creating a living memorial is just one way to keep the memory of your pet alive.

A living memorial isn’t right for everyone.  But you may find it works for you.  Here are a few of the advantages:

  • Completes the Life Cycle – For many, creating a living memorial seems like a logical completion of the life cycle.  Returning your loved ones to nature allows their memory to live on.
  • A Place to Remember – A living memorial allows family and friends a place to visit and remember a loved one.  Instead of going to a cemetery, they can visit the tranquility of nature.
  • Personal – Living memorials are highly personal.  You can choose whatever plant and location is right for you and your loved one.
  • Transportable – Depending on the living memorial you choose, you may be able to easily transport it if you or your family moves in the future.  Transportation is far harder with more traditional burial.

To create a living memorial that will allow you to remember your pet, you need a good process and good soil.  Special guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats, Bob Jenkins, co-founder and owner of Verde Products Inc. and Let Your Love Grow (LetYourLoveGrow.com) has developed a product that allows you to accomplish your goal.  Bob and his wife, Annette, founded Let Your Love Grow as a result of their need to pay tribute to their beloved Silke, a toy Dauchsund.  Her story can be found in the Family Stories section of the LetYourLoveGrow.com website.

You can meet Bob and learn more about creating a living memorial by listening to the archive of our show.  We learned that creating a living memorial is actually a very simple four (4) step process.

  1. Select a plant appropriate for your climate and situation
  2. Mix the appropriate amount of cremated ashes with Let Your Love Grow
  3. Plant this mixture along with your chosen plant
  4. Water healthily

Each week, All My Children Wear Fur Coats  explores the topic of planning for your pets, both during your lifetime and after the lifetime of your pet, bringing you special guests that have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of all pets. Join me, Peggy Hoyt, your host every Monday at 3 p.m. EST.  You can visit our Face Book page at All My Children Wear Fur Coats or tweet us @KidsInFurCoats.  Happy Tails!

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