When a Pet Dies - Write an Epitaph

November 18, 2009
Recently, my fifteen year old cat passed away very suddenly.  His death left a large hole in our household and our hearts.  He was part of our family and it has been difficult to adjust to his absence.  When he first died, I was very emotional and cried often - especially when I returned home without him greeting me happily at the door.  It's been a few weeks now and I have been feeling the urge to write about him in a unique way.  I was inspired to do so because in fifth grade, I was given the assignment to write an epitaph about Lucille Ball.  My grandmother helped me write it and I got an A.   I think I might call her today to ask her to help me write this one.  
The Egyptians, it seems, began the rememberance of their dead through commemorative inscriptions on stone.  The tradition continued through the Greeks and Romans and now into contemporary times.  Many times, the epitaph is a short piece of prose or poetry engraved on the grave stone written to remember the deceased.  It could also be as simple as their name, family and a prayer.  Some famous epitaphs can be found on the graves of William Shakespear, Jesse James, George Washington and Oscar Wilde.   They can range from the poetic to laugh out loud funny. 
Our family decided to cremate my cat.  We are going to decorate an urn for him and place his ashes in it.  I created something similar when my dog died a few years ago.  Once I write my epitaph, I will post it on our blog along with his photo.  I plan to incorporate my epitaph into his urn. 
- Michele