The loss of a pet impacts people in many ways and a great way to deal with this grief can be through a memory.
A wonderful way to honor your pet is to have a memorial service. It can range from a simple quiet event with your family to a fully catered afternoon with all his/her puppy or kitty friends invited. It allows for closure, honor, love and a place for your grief.
Let yourself do what feels right. A memorial service can be held at any time, so do not feel pressured. You will know in your heart if this is the way you would like to honor your pet. This is a way for you and anyone who also feels the loss of your pet and is grieving with you. It is not at all uncommon for friends, family, or even your neighbor to have a connection to your pet and would also like to gather with you in remembrance.