Losing a pet can cause true pain for grieving owners. As a gesture of sympathy, friends or family might consider giving the bereaved a memorial plaque commemorating the life of the pet and acknowledging its importance to its owner. Owners could also order their own memorial plaques for their beloved pets and may find it comforting.
Decide where you plan to place the plaque -- indoors or outdoors. Most types of memorial plaques are suitable for outdoor placement. For indoor use, some memorial plaques are more suitable than others. A memorial made from a bronze plaque mounted to a wooden base is a good choice for indoors. Types of wood used include oak, teak and mahogany.
There are three basic types of memorial plaques: marble, granite or bronze. An alternative to bronze is aluminium covered with platinum. The memorial plaques can be customised to your specifications, including height, length and thickness. Examples include a brick size and shape that sits in the ground, or a round plaque that hangs on the wall. Marble or granite memorial plaques are easier to customise than bronze plaques, allowing for a greater range of sizes or shapes.
How Plaques are Made
Memorial plaques are typically created by laser-etching the chosen personalisation onto the plaque, regardless of whether it is aluminium/platinum, bronze, granite or marble. Pictures can also be inscribed in this fashion, allowing an even more personal touch. The exterior is sealed with chemicals to protect it from the elements and extend the life of the memorial plaque.
Pet memorial plaques, garden stones and headstones are typically much less expensive than human gravestones and plaques, particularly if ordered online. Marble and granite plaques are less expensive than bronze plaques. There will probably be an extra charge for customisations. You will likely pay even more for adjustments to bronze memorial plaques, because they are not as easy to manipulate.
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