Keeping Memories Alive
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Keeping Memories Alive

Keeping memories alive can play an important role in relieving grief following the death of a loved one. There are unlimited ways you can honor the memory of your loved one.

  • Watch your loved one’s favorite movie, whether by yourself or with your family and friends.
  • Frame and display an item written by your loved one, such as a letter, poem, recipe, etc.
  • Read his or her favorite book.
  • Create and wear a custom jewelry piece featuring his or her name, handwriting replica, or a meaningful word or phrase.
  • Talk to your funeral director about custom items you can have made as remembrance keepsakes.
  • Complete any item on his or her bucket list.
  • Light a candle on a special day: birthday, anniversary, death anniversary, special holiday, etc.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s birthday or another important day by visiting his or her favorite restaurant, preparing a favorite dessert, toasting with a favorite wine, etc.
  • Sing or play his or her favorite song(s) or attend a concert by a favorite artist.
  • Support a meaningful cause by participating in a fundraiser, volunteering your time or by donating in memory of your loved one.
  • Plant a tree or garden as a living memorial.
  • Prepare a meal featuring your loved one’s favorite foods for your family and friends, and invite guests to share their favorite memories as you toast his or her memory.
  • Incorporate a special recipe into holiday gatherings.
  • Gather photos and mementos and create a scrapbook, or use an online book-publishing tool to create a memory book.
  • Create a legacy film in memory of your loved one. Get the how-to here.
  • Take up one of your loved one’s hobbies.
  • Journal memories of time spent together, or about experiences you are having now that you wish you could share with your loved one.
  • Write a letter to your loved one, place it in an envelope and keep it in a memory box.
  • Create a quilt that incorporates some of your loved one’s clothing.
  • Craft a memory sculpture or collage from mementos and items important to your loved one.
  • Get a tattoo in honor of your loved one (consider a temporary version unless you’re sure).

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