Memorabilia and Treasures
Throughout our lives, we collect many things – some bring us joy, some are gifts that remind us of the love of someone close, and some remind us of the joyful experiences we’ve had in the past. Those “things” can be comforting reminders to us of those we have loved and lost.
There will undoubtedly be many things that your loved one has collected throughout the years that have been very important to them. Here are a few ways you can preserve the memories behind these items for those around you.
- Take photographs of those items that had special meanings for your loved one. Put the pictures on paper and write out the stories of why those things were special, how they were acquired, what they meant, etc. If you have a digital camera or a scanner, you could use a word processing program to layout the photographs and then type up the stories.
- Create a “special spot” to put items that were special or things that remind you of them – favorite photographs, journals, her collectibles, etc.
- Put together a Memory Box with items that remind you of some of the special stories and memories you have with your loved one.
- Create a Memory Quilt using t-shirts, fabrics, photographs, or other items that were special to your loved one. There are a businesses that can do it for you if you don’t have the sewing experience such as Connie’s Corner.
- An article no longer online, titled Read Remembrance of Things Past, shared this message: “We can’t keep everything, to be sure, but some physical objects help us connect with previous generations. That we cherish them shows that we care.”
Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One
This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace and understanding to those going through the grieving process.
“The Mother Box,” the last story in this book, addresses the importance of these treasures in our journey through grief.