By Sarah Pfledderer | The Columbus Dispatch
The old photos and cat toys weren’t enough to comfort Abby Fisher after Booter died three years ago.
So she found a way to keep her beloved feline close to her heart: She had a dash of Booter’s cremains set into a glass-blown pendant that she sometimes wears on a necklace.
“Immortalizing him — having that piece of him always with me — was very important,” said Fisher, 41, of the Clintonville neighborhood. “It’s the idea that I have him close to me, and he will never go away.”
Experts say that such tangible tributes to a loved one — whether pet or human — can greatly aid the grieving process.
“The physical presence is gone, yet the relationship continues as a memory that we can pass through the generations in our family,” said Myra Clark, a clinical manager in palliative care at Mount Carmel Hospice.
Commemorative art is one option.