Frequently asked questions and answers about True Friends Memorials

Does it cost anything to make an online memorial?

No. Online True Friends Memorials are free. Memorial gifts of any amount are appreciated.

Who can I contact for help with creating my online memorial?

If you need help, please contact us at [email protected]. If you need immediate assistance, please call our True Friends Memorial coordinator at 757-622-7382, ext 8376.

What information do I need in order to create a memorial?

You'll need the following information:

  • The name of the animal or human you are memorializing
  • A story about and photo of your true friend (Both are optional.)
  • Your name, e-mail address, and street address

Do you send thank-you e-mails to people who make gifts to my memorial?

Yes. We send a thank-you e-mail to anyone who makes an online gift to your memorial. We also encourage you to send personal thank-you messages.

How do I know if someone has made a gift to my online memorial?

You can track all the gifts made to your memorial by logging in to your account. If you haven't already logged in to this system, you'll create a username and password for the Memorial Center when you create your online memorial.

Can I make a memorial gift in honor of a human or an animal who doesn't have an online memorial?

Yes. You may make a memorial gift here.

What dollar amount should I give? Is there a minimum?

This is completely up to you. We don't require a minimum amount if you choose to make a donation in honor of a true friend.

How are honorees and next of kin notified?

If you've created an online memorial to a human, you'll be asked to enter information about the next of kin. This individual will receive a notification anytime a gift is made to your memorial.
If you make a memorial contribution honoring a person who doesn't have a memorial page, you'll have the option of entering the e-mail address of a family member or friend, who will be notified of your contribution.

What information should I put in the obituary for donations in lieu of flowers?

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to PETA, Attn.: True Friends Memorial Coordinator, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, or make a gift online at the contribution page

Do you have grave markers or know where I can buy one?

We don't sell grave markers or headstones. However, several PETA Business Friends offer unique ways to help memorialize and pay tribute to your loved one. Please visit for a listing of these companies.