Remembering a Loved One
It’s natural to want to remember a loved one who has gone before us, to recall how they touched our lives. And there are so many ways you can capture these memories. Think about your loved one for a few minutes – what did she love to do? Was he an adventurer? Did she love to cook? Did he love to clean? Take those things that made your loved one special, and consider how that can help mold how you remember.
Here are a few ideas to help you remember:
- Why is this important? – It can be very hard to remember at times, why is it so valuable?
- Collecting stories from others – Whether you have family and friends living close to you or far away, their stories and remembrances of your loved one will be invaluable.
- Photo journaling – Pictures and stories together are a powerful combination
- Writing your stories – Writing can be a very comforting way of remembering.
- Memorabilia and treasures – What to do with some of her prized possessions?
- Online memorials – Present your collected memories in a way that people all over the world can view them.
- Tributes during the holidays and anniversaries – Here are a few ideas and links to ways you can pay tribute to your loved ones, especially useful during holidays and other times of the year when you will want to remember in special ways.
- Preservation/Care – Your memories will last longer if you use acid-free and archival safe materials where possible. This section gives you links all over the web that will help you preserve your memories.
Books about Remembering – There are many books that talk about remembering a loved one who has died, or that help you to write about your thoughts, feelings, and memories:
Take these ideas and add to them as you wish. After you visit these pages, I hope you have the urge to do something, anything, to capture your memories, in whatever manner you feel is most appropriate.
After gathering these memories, you will come away with something tangible, something that you can literally hold on to, helping you keep your memories of your loved one alive. You, and those you share it with, will appreciate it more than you will ever know.