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I remember the day that my beloved Sophie Sue’s headstone arrived. I’d ordered it a year to the day of her death, and it had arrived about a month later, a 10-pound block of granite I hoped would work well under the tree we’d planted in her memory.
Sophie’s ashes had been buried at the base of a sapling, a spindly thing I’m sad to say hasn’t exactly flourished as I’d hoped. But laying the headstone there had nonetheless offered us all a sense of peace at her passing.
It was a sweet thing to do back then (in 2010) and an even sweeter thing to see whenever I tend to that section of my yard today. It reminds me of her feisty demeanor and degree of self-possession any of us would kill for.
Moreover, it reminds me that she’s still living with us in her own way. Which, seeing as she always lived life on her own French bullheaded terms, makes having a visible memento of her personality especially touching to those who knew her.
But not everyone feels the same way when it comes to remembering their past pets. I get that it can be depressing to be reminded of your dead pets on a regular basis. Nonetheless, it’s clear that pet owners are increasingly electing to immortalize them.
If you need any proof of this phenomenon, just venture beyond this post onto the World Wide Web. All over the Internet you can find beautiful tributes to pets on websites dedicated to their memory. It’s a bittersweet testament to their enduring emotional hold over us. And it’s proof enough for me that good pets never die.
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