When someone close to you passes away, it’s normal to be concerned about losing the memories you have of them while they were living. As a result, finding specific methods to honour them can be really beneficial. Here are some of our favourite ways to memorialise someone who has passed away.
Do something just for them on their birthday
Find anything that makes you feel close to them, and repeat the process every year. You could, for example:
- Do something that your loved one enjoyed.
- Take a journey to a place that has meaning for both of you.
- Host a large family meal with a toast, and invite their closest friends.
- In the evening, light a candle for them.
- Make use of what you already know about them. Take a lesson in something they already knew a lot about. Take their favourite dog for a walk. Take a day off and prepare all of their favourite dishes.
Get something dedicated to them
These days there are so many ways to remember someone even long after they’ve passed. Headstones are the most traditional route, but there are lots of other things you could do to keep them close to your heart. Things like:
- Memorial necklaces are a great way to literally keep your loved one close to your heart. Perhaps you could turn yours into a family heirloom.
- Have a bench dedicated to them in their favourite park. You can attach a plaque with their name and something personal engraved.
- You can get a rose named after someone special and snip off cuttings to offer to family and friends.
Talk to them
We all have things we wish we could say to loved ones who have passed away. Why not give it a shot? You could speak what you want to say aloud when you have a peaceful moment alone. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to their grave or scattering site to communicate with them.
Alternatively, if you’re not much of a talker, you could write your loved one letters updating them of your lives now. A simple action like this can help you heal and commemorate them too.
Make a video montage
If you have a lot of video footage of the person who died, creating a video montage is another way to pay homage to their memory. Combine this with their favourite music to make a great digital artefact that can be revisited over and over.
Have something of theirs restored
Finally, it’s nice to save mementos of loved ones who have passed away, but they might deteriorate over time due to wear and tear. If you’ve ever seen the BBC show “The Repair Shop,” you’ll understand how repairing a loved one’s belongings may be a very rewarding way to honour their memory. If you have an old teddy bear, a ring, or a piece of clothing that belonged to someone who has passed away, see if it can be mended and returned to its former beauty.