When you’re faced with the loss of a loved one, the subsequent emotional anguish can quickly take over your life. As time marches on, the grief and bereavement you’re feeling may begin to loosen its grip, but that still doesn’t make things any easier. After all, grief and loss aren’t something we get over, it’s something we merely become used to.
Many individuals find solace in remembering the happier times they had with their loved one, as it’s the perfect way to ensure their legacy lives on and their memory endures, not just in the here and now, but for generations to come. You don’t need much to celebrate the life of your loved one, just happy memories. So, with this in mind let’s explore some poignant ways to celebrate the life of a loved one.
Sometimes, even the smallest of gestures can make the biggest impact and this notion applies to memorial jewellery. Thoughtful bereavement gift such as a feather pendant, is a wonderful way to commemorate the life and memory of your loved one. Intricate, delicate, and designed with comfort and sentiment in mind, memorial jewellery can be worn as a private memento that you can draw solace from when you need it the most. Families and friends can wear identical pieces as a way to collectively remember the person they lost and to bring them closer together in grief.
Create a playlist
Did your loved one have a favourite record collection? Or love a particular music artist? Maybe you have your own collection of songs that remind you of times spent visiting their home, dancing at an event, or those long car journeys as a kid. Creating a playlist of songs that hold special meaning to you and listening to them whenever you want to feel closer to the person you lost is a simple yet poignant way to remember them.
Establish a day of remembrance
This doesn’t have to be a sombre affair, but a day of celebration where friends, family, and those left behind can come together and celebrate the life of the person they miss. Share stories, memories, look at photos or watch home videos… spending time together and reliving those stories is what your loved one would have wanted.
Donate to a charity in their memory
Did your loved one support a cause that was close to their heart? Perhaps they died of a disease and you’d like to support research into the condition, or maybe you want to thank the hospice or charity that looked after them in their final days. Whether you collect money in their memory to donate to charity retrospectively, or you hold a collection at their funeral, a special donation will enrich their legacy and even improve the lives of others.
And finally, create and share video footage
Possessing moving and speaking images of your loved one will bring you sadness and great joy. It’s also a wonderful tribute to them, as you can share these images with generations to come. Ask for friends and family for any video clips they might have, then edit them together to create a wonderful homage to their memory.