Gifts to give to people whose dog died

Updated November 21, 2016

Pets are an important part of a family and their loss is heartbreaking. When dealing with the loss of a pet, it is comforting to know that other people understand these feelings. When a friend loses a pet, a special keepsake or memorial gift can help lessen the sadness and remind your friend of the joy his pet brought into his life.

Pet Memorials

Pet memorials are usually made of stone or rust-free metal and come in a variety of styles and sizes. Many memorials feature a poem or memorial phrase and offer the ability to personalise the memorial with the addition of the pet's name and commemorative dates. The memorials are generally placed in a garden or to mark the site of the pet's burial.

Keepsake Box

A keepsake box is a small box that holds mementos and photos. They can be found in wood, ceramic or metal and usually measure about 6 by 2.5 inches. Keepsake boxes can be personalised with a photo and commemorative dates, and many contain a poem or uplifting phrase.

Memorial Jewelry

Memorial jewellery is available in many different styles, from heart shaped bracelets to dog tag necklaces. Jewellery can be personalised with photos or engraved with a pet's name and commemorative dates.

Pet Sympathy Card

Something as simple as a pet sympathy card can help ease the pain of a friend who has experienced the loss of a pet and let her know you are thinking of her. Most of the top greeting card manufacturers create sympathy cards for those who have lost pets.


There are many books written to help people understand the grieving process, such as Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet by Gary Kowalski, and books that celebrate a pet's life, such as Animal Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Our Pets by June Cotner.

Memorial Plaque

A memorial plaque will often include a poem or inspirational message. Many can be personalised with a photo and commemorative dates. Memorial plaques are often made of wood, marble or acrylic and are available in a variety of sizes.

Photo Frame

A memorial photo frame often includes a special poem, and a place for one or more photos. Frames can usually be personalised with the pet's name and commemorative dates.

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