Re­mem­ber­ing those you’ve lost

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out & About -

More and more, when we say farewell to our loved ones we want a way to re­mem­ber them.

Of­ten at funerals nowa­days peo­ple re­lease bal­loons to com­mem­o­rate the pass­ing of their loved one. This can be a good way for chil­dren to learn about the grief process.

For many years fam­i­lies have in­stalled benches in ceme­ter­ies or a spe­cial place where their loved one liked to sit and take in a pleas­ant view. There are other ways to re­mem­ber them too. You cold turn their favourite piece of cloth­ing into a teddy bear.

If the per­son in your life was known for their colour­ful ties or per­haps for a sig­na­ture colour, then how about re­mem­ber­ing them in the form of a teddy bear?

Mem­ory bears are de­signed as keep­sakes and are crafted from the ma­te­rial you pro­vide from cloth­ing that be­longed to your loved one.

Al­ter­na­tively the cloth­ing could also be trans­formed into a cush­ion cover or a lap quilt, de­pend­ing on how you would best like to keep their mem­ory alive.

You could name a rose in their mem­ory. Packs are avail­able to pur­chase from com­pa­nies where you can buy a gift tin. You will get you some rose seeds, a cer­tifi­cate and the rose’s name will be en­tered into the In­ter­na­tional Rose Nam­ing Reg­istry, which is pe­ri­od­i­cally sub­mit­ted to the Bri­tish Li­brary.

Why not cre­ate a quilt from pho­tos or cloth­ing? Mem­ory quilts are very popular in the USA and are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity here.

This is a won­der­ful way to cap­ture dear mem­o­ries, ei­ther by us­ing pho­to­graphs or cloth­ing worn by the per­son you have lost.

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