Friends of The Ralph Site will not be surprised to find that one of the most popular sections of our website is our Memorials page. Thousands of people have already uploaded photos and memories of their special friends; who may be gone, but are in no way forgotten. Sharing images and stories of those who played such a large part in our lives, and who continue to live on in our hearts and memories, helps to give these much-loved pets a continued physical presence. And for other carers who have gone through the same grief, sharing kind words and a virtual hug is one small way in which they can make a big difference to those whose pets have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
When the time comes, if you find that you want to share your own memories on The Ralph Site, it’s very easy to add a memorial. You can find more details here.
You must log in or register with the site in order to post your memorial, but there is no time limit, so posts can be added as and when you feel ready to share your pet’s story.
At the moment memorials can only be created using a laptop or desktop computer and maybe with some tablet devices but not a smartphone.
We remember our special friends on the anniversary of their passing for three years on our Facebook page. Our many Facebook friends tell us that they value this shared community space, where pet carers share their feelings and offer advice to anyone feeling angry, sad or frustrated in their loss. Others often add poignant and sensitive posts and comments, which help bereaved pet carers understand that they are not alone in their grief.
You might also like to know that we have created a private Facebook support group to complement our main Facebook page. This group currently has over 1,000 members, so by joining you’ll be able to communicate with people who can share a wide range of experiences and coping techniques. As you may be aware, Facebook groups work differently to pages – allowing people who may be struggling to create on-going supportive links with others in the group. Notifications alert members when others have posted or commented, developing a mutually beneficial support network to help with the heartache of pet loss.
Our experience is that some people may be reluctant to fully share how they feel about their pet’s passing on an open public page – this private Facebook group therefore allows anybody wishing to become more involved to interact with friends in a confidential and safe environment. Membership of this private group is by invitation only; all you need to do is click on the link here and leave a request to join.
And if you aren’t already Facebook friends with us, why not join the 41,000+ others who have ‘liked’ our page? As well as featuring daily memorials, we also post news and items of interest to pet carers, regularly sharing inspirational quotes and heart warming pet pictures and encouraging our friends to do the same.
Because after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.
Until next time, very best wishes from Shailen and The Ralph Site team
The Ralph Site, non-profit pet loss support
Please note: The Ralph Site is not affiliated with the third-party organisations in any of the links shared here, and the views, ideas and suggestions expressed in this and other blogs are simply shared with the intention of helping you, our friends, take care of the special animals in your lives.