A dog’s death is heartbreaking. These sympathy gifts for dog lovers will help people through the grief after their dog died, and show how much you care.
A thoughtful gift for dog lovers is a garden pet memorial stone that says “In Memory of a Faithful Friend and Companion.” The memorial stone can be kept indoors or outside, and will be a sentimental reminder of the dog who died.
Some memorial stones include a photo, so dog lovers have a visible reminder after their dog died. These sympathy gifts will help comfort dog lovers. The ideas range from videos of a dog’s memorial service to engraved gravestones. Grieving dog’s death is painful; your gift will show your sympathy and love.
Here’s a thoughtful sympathy gift for dog lovers after their dog died – it’s a quote for the sympathy card:
“A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.” ~ Mary Carolyn Davies.
Sympathy Gifts for People Whose Dogs Died
If you’re considering giving your dog lover a puppy, read Should You Get a Dog After Your Dog Died?
An memorial urn for the dog’s ash
The urn pictured is called the Pewter Paws Memorial Urn; its engraveable with hand-carved paw prints.
An urn can be a wonderful sympathy gift after a dog died. Here’s what a pet lover says: “What helped me with the loss of my cat, Pepper, is having her ashes,” says Diahna Husbands. “A company by the name of Heavenly Days gave me her ashes and made a paw print mold. I keep the ashes and mold on my mantel piece. My computer icon is also of my cat, so I always remember her when I log in. I have not gotten a new pet yet. I am not quite ready to move on my cat has been with my family for over 16 years, so it might just take me a little longer to get over my grief.”
It takes a long time for dog lovers to grieve after their dog died. A urn of ashes might be comforting, or it might be too sad…it really depends on your dog lover.
A “stories about Fido” memory journal or photo album
Get a beautiful brown leather journal, and ask friends of your pet owner to write their stories and memories of the lost pet. Include photos and momentos.
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The pain of grieving when your dog died is lessened when you know you’re not alone, that other people remember your pet fondly. This sympathy gift for dog lovers will be cherished forever because it doesn’t just contain the owner’s memories. It’s a symbol of love and empathy, of hope and healing.
Video of the dog memorial service
“I firmly believe in holding some sort of memorial service for a pet,” says Pam Vetter. “It doesn’t have to be large or expensive. It can be only immediate family at home – but a funeral or memorial helps us honor a life lived, whether it was a human or a pet.”
A thoughtful sympathy gift for dog lovers after their dog died is if you offer to videotape the memorial service for the pet owner, so he or she doesn’t have to worry about lighting and camera angles while saying goodbye. When my dog died, I didn’t have a memorial service.
Vetter also says that full funeral services are offered by some pet cemeteries. “While I think this is a good service, not everyone can afford thousands of dollars in pet funerals. But, everyone can do something smaller in their own home – whether it’s lighting a candle in remembrance or framing a photo of the pet. The best thing to do is say good-bye to your dog or cat with a smile.”
An indoor or outdoor plant that symbolizes the lost dog
“Our seven year old dog died very suddenly two years ago,” says Meagan Farrell. “We were all heartbroken. We planted a rose bush in our dog’s honor and put a plaque by it to memorialize it. When our family heard what we had done, they all sent us more rose bushes. Now we have Bailey’s Rose Garden.” Another gift for dog lovers is a balloon released to the heavens. Meagan says, “Our daughter was only five at the time. To help her cope, we got a balloon and released it ‘up to Bailey in heaven.’ This helped her to process the loss of our beloved pet.”
An online dog memorial page
“Online pet memorials, which are becoming common on the internet,” says Vetter. “People post a photo and a little life story about the pet. I’ve read many wonderful tributes to dogs who served as family companions, along with cats who curled up in a child’s bed every night for many years. Part of the healing process when you’re grieving pet loss is sharing stories and remembering the pets we love.” When my dog died, I didn’t share my grief with anyone. A lovely gift for dog lovers is encouragement to memorialize the dog forever.
An engraved dog memorial stone for the bookcase, desk, or garden
Some Paw Print Pet Memorial Stones – such as the one pictured – sit in gardens, and others are on fireplace mantles, bookshelves, or desks. This is a beautiful, natural gift for dog lovers who spent alot of time with furry companions outside or in the garden.
If the dog hasn’t died yet, read How to Know When to Put Your Dog Down. I welcome your thoughts on these sympathy gifts for dog lovers whose dog died below. I can’t offer advice, but it may help you to share your experience.
Is your loved one desolate over the loss of a dog? Take a look at Letting Go of an Animal You Love.
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