Memorialisation of animals has been around for centuries. The Dodo quotes the wording of an epitaph found on a small Roman headstone which reads: ‘I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home in my own hands fifteen years ago.’
Our pet dogs, cats, tortoises and birds are important to us. We think of them as part of the family. But ironically, in the UK when, we lose a pet, we don’t commemorate its life as well as we should.
Despite there being pet crematoria and cemeteries dotted around the country, most of us who have a pet put down will instruct the vet to dispose of the body. If the pet dies at home we may simply bury the animal in the garden.
Now a company in the United States – that already turns human ash into glass – is offering the same service to pet owners.
Davenport Memorial Glass based in Idaho has turned its attention to the creation of pet memorials. Beautiful handmade glass sculptures include a small portion of the cremated remains of a cat, dog, or other animal.
The stunning works of art can then be worn as jewellery or placed somewhere in the house as a reminder of a life well lived.
Memorialisation for all
Cameron Davenport is the man behind the enterprise, and he thinks it is only right that pets should be remembered with a fondness equal to humans.
‘Our goal is to physically capture a moment, to create a keepsake that brings back a memory,’ Davenport told Bored Panda. ‘Nothing will compare to the time spent with your loved one, but we hope to aid in treasuring them and remembering the precious time you had together.’
The process is simple. The pet’s owner supplies a small quantity of cremated remains which are then incorporated into molten glass. Davenport moulds the glass as it cools to make unique sculptures.
The technique is unlike the normal art of glass moulding because the presence of the ash causes the glass to be less malleable than normal.
Davenport tries at every stage of the process to keep his customer’s informed of the progress of their keepsake. The relationship he builds with the bereaved is important.
Davenport writes: ‘Since these items are so heartfelt, we will include you in the process. Once your package arrives, we will call you to make sure we have your order correct. Any unused ashes will be returned with your order.’
If you would like to consider Daveport’s memorials get in touch with him via his website Davenport Memorial glass.