Many of us still look back to now-worn photographs of pets — usually one in particular — that made a huge impact on our lives. One or two framed pics on the wall or saved on our phones usually serve as reminders of faithful companions that still stand out even among the pictures of babies and life’s events that went on even after losing an amazing dog who cuddled with you on cold winter nights and meant to protect you with their life when the mailman or neighbor knocked on the door.
Pets of all kinds certainly have the ability to strike a deep emotional chord within us. And while taxidermy has survived as an art in helping some of the millions of pet owners in the US to keep their beloved animals into perpetuity, many processes we never imagined changing are in fact doing so due to 3D printing and other technological advances. And while there are numerous options for preserving the memories of your pet from stuffing it to freeze-drying its body — or just the conventional picture in a frame — there is now a more streamlined method for treasuring your memories, thanks to Foreverence Pets.
Foreverence, based in Minnesota, is offering a 3D printing service to all of those who want to carry their pets into posterity with a ceramic 3D printed urn or keepsake that is specific to the animal, remembering them in a particular way or doing an activity like catching a Frisbee.
The company helps pet owners come up with a creative idea for their 3D printed keepsake by asking questions about what the pets liked to do for activities both alone and with the family. Did they sleep in a particular spot in a particular pose? Did they have an item — like a saddle — that you strongly associated with them? Perhaps their favorite food bowl that they tossed around playfully, or a blanket that they favored on chilly nights?
Many find that a memorial such as one of Foreverence’s 3D printed pieces is a way to work through and ease out of the grief that often occurs after the passing of a pet — which can often be a crucial member of the family — and sometimes the most important. Remembering them in action is a great way to preserve their energy and personality, just as remembering them in 3D in a sleeping or resting pose is a serene way to pay tribute.
Getting started is as easy as going online and filling out a form with some simple facts about your pet and how you want to remember him or her, with the option to upload a favorite photo to help in designing an amazing memorial or urn.
Founded in 2013, Foreverence has been in the business of creating custom urns and keepsakes. They have just rolled out their services for pets with Foreverence Pets, meant to add to their innovations in the funeral market and extend options to the many pet owners in the US who have many requests for ways to remember their pets after they are gone.
Is a 3D printed keepsake from Foreverence something you would be interested in ordering now or one day, after the eventual passing of a beloved pet? Tell us your thoughts in the Foreverance Pets 3D Printed Urn forum thread over at 3DPB.com.