August 22, 2007 11:00 ET Helps Grieving Pet Owners Celebrate the Life of Their Pet on National Pet Memorial Day

Sunday, September 9, 2007 Is National Pet Memorial Day and Has Some Suggestions on How One Can Honor Their Cherished Pets -- Both Living and Deceased -- on This Day

BREA, CA--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Pet memorials from provide many grieving pet owners with mementos and lasting memorials of their beloved pets. With September 9, 2007 being National Pet Memorial Day, has some suggestions on how one can honor a cherished pet -- both living and deceased -- on this day.

"Rituals are an important part of the grieving process," says Colleen Mihelich, President of "They help us to move forward by providing us a way to constructively act on our grief. National Pet Memorial Day gives pet owners an opportunity to further the healing process by formally acknowledging our passed animals and our grief. It is a day to celebrate the life of our pets and all that they generously gave to us in love and friendship.

"Psychologists have long recognized that the grief suffered by pet owners after their pet dies is the same as that experienced after the death of a person," explains Margaret Muns, DVM. This humanizing of pets extends beyond a pet's life as well and includes the inevitable death of the pet. Many pet parents will not allow the memory of their beloved pet to be gone forever, with no reminder or ceremony.

Here are a few things that can be done to honor a pet for National Pet Memorial Day:

--  Buy a personalized pet urn or pet grave marker
--  Create a living memorial to your beloved pet of plants and/or trees in
    your backyard
--  Hold a pet memorial service for family and friends. Make sure to
    invite the "fur" friends as well!
--  Visit your pet's gravesite. Leave flowers, their favorite biscuit, a
    picture, etc. (Check with the cemetery to see what is allowed)
--  Put together a scrapbook or a collage of favorite pictures
--  Make a donation to an animal charity, a local shelter or rescue
    organization is an online store specializing in pet memorial products, "to help you create a touching and lasting memorial for your loved one." Items such as pet grave markers, pet memorial stones, jewelry, blankets, and urns are available and customizable for each pet.

Please visit for information on honoring a pet for eternity.

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