Maybe you’d like to find a unique way to honor your loved one. But you’re not sure what to do.
Each of us mourns in different ways. And these ways may change throughout the years. But our relationship with our loved one is never over. It lives on. It continues to be a living, breathing thing.
Below are five wonderful ideas to try—
Create a biographical scrapbook
Find photos of your loved one, along with letters, ticket stubs and any other flat memorabilia that bring back positive memories for you. Then find images of historical events that correspond with those dates. This might be anything from images of presidential elections to athletes to popular appliances that were used during the lifetime of your loved one.
Create unique jewelry
You can have a jeweler create a unique piece for you that incorporates something that belonged to your loved one—whether it was jewelry or not. Or maybe you can create the piece yourself.
Another idea is to engrave your loved one’s actual signature into a piece of jewelry. One woman’s mom used to put notes in her lunchbox. After her mom passed away, she scanned the words, “Love, Mom” into the computer. She sent it off to a jewelry company, which engraved her mom’s signature into a charm.
Create a magical box for your kids
If you have young kids, place a dozen objects in a small box for them to play with. You might include the items you simply can’t part with. Your box might include a loved one’s glasses, gloves, money clips and bookmarks.
Create a refuge
For your own refuge, you might put a chair or blanket on the ground. Or you might create your refuge indoors. It really doesn’t matter. The key is that it’s a quiet space for you to reflect and remember your loved one.
Commit a random act of kindness
Spread kindness to others in memory of your loved one.
Pick any ideas you like. Or let these ideas spark your own creative projects. Plus, take your time. Do what brings you meaning and joy.
What’s most important to remember is that a loved one’s passing doesn’t end our relationship with him or her. We can continue to cultivate our bond throughout the years. We can continue to honor the memory of our loved one.