Remembering A Loved One - How to remember someone who has died
Below you will find many memorial and remembrance ideas that you can use for remembering a loved one. After the funeral, memorial service or life celebration many people wish to have something permanent as a reminder of the person that they loved and lost.
- Plant a tree in their memory. Find tree seedlings here.
- Have your loved one’s photo placed on a stamp. This also would be ideal for the thank you notes you will be sending for the flowers, donations and the help you will be receiving. Get more information here: http://photo.stamps.com
- Donate a memorial bench. If they loved golf, their favorite golf course may welcome the donation of a memorial bench. You may also consider purchasing a plaque or a brick in their name to help fund a community project.
- Plant a section in the garden each year with their favorite flowers. You also may want to add a stepping stone or rock with their name on it in their special section of the garden. Consider each year sharing flowers from that section of the garden with the family and friends of your loved one.
- Start a college scholarship in their name.
- Create a video or DVD from photos and video or movie clips. This video can be played at family gatherings and on the person’s birthday or anniversary of their death. You can also easily make copies to share with close friends and relatives.
- Create a book of memories for the deceased’s family. Have friends and family write on note cards and include the note cards with photos in the book. You may also want to include newspaper articles about the deceased, the obituary etc. View our beautiful Memorial Books.
- Create a memorial on the web. There are several websites that allow loved ones to memorialize someone who has died through video, pictures, and voice recordings. Try this one: https://www.forevermissed.com/
- Light a candle for remembering a loved one. Candles are traditional in churches and for memorials.
- Keep a journal of your memories. Include your thoughts and what you learned from your loved one. Remembering a loved one while writing is therapeutic and gives you something to read later.
- Have a family/group volunteer activity once a year. Building for Habitat for Humanity, working in a soup kitchen, (probably not on Thanksgiving when soup kitchens are overwhelmed by volunteers), wrapping toys for tots, planting or cleaning up lots etc. Of course, volunteering should be done all year long but this can be a special activity for remembering a loved one and can be quite meaningful.
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