Keeping memories of loved ones alive
After someone we love has passed away most of us try to find a way of keeping their memory alive. This can vary from planting a tree to naming a star.
Here are a few of the options that you may want to consider.
IN THE STARS For some, naming a star after the loved one they have lost seems a fitting memorial. There are many star naming websites for you to choose from on the internet.
Most of these specialist websites give you the choice of naming a single star or a star in a constellation.
Once you have named your star, you will usually receive a certificate, star chart and co-ordinates to help you find it in the night’s sky.
BEREAVEMENT BOX Creating a memorial keepsake box is a comforting option for many.
This box can be filled with special memories you shared with your loved one: perhaps photographs, a favourite piece of jewellery, cards and letters..
Memorial boxes are widely available to buy and many specialist websites also give the option to personalise the box, with a name or special verse, if you’d like.
Open the box whenever you wish and pass it down to your children so that the memories can live on.
RINGS AND THINGS An item of jewellery can make a fitting keepsake as most pieces can be worn at all times and many people say this helps them feel closer to the one they have lost.
Maybe you’ll choose a piece of jewellery from their own collection or a personalised piece engraved with their name.
SAYING THANK YOU If your loved one was helped or supported by a charity or hospice before they passed away, making a financial donation can help you feel like you’re saying thank you and giving something back.
This could be a one-off donation or many offer the option to donate a small monthly amount straight from your bank account.
QUIET REFLECTION Many people who are going through a bereavement say they want somewhere they can sit and reflect about the one they’ve lost and relive some of the memories they made together without being disturbed.
Buying a bench for your garden can be a comforting solution. Memorial benches come in a variety of price ranges, sizes and materials.
THE TREE OF LIFE Why don’t you plant a tree, shrub or bush in memory of your loved one and watch the memories grow? Evergreen varieties are a good option.
Some people find it helpful to perform a short ceremony or say a few words about their special someone while planting. Perhaps invite family and friends to attend too.