Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a loved one – the sudden absence, the feelings of guilt, shock, and disbelief. In times like these it can be difficult to find ways to come together as a family and honor your lost loved one.
It is important however that during this painful time, we create lasting memories in order to honor their legacy and keep them close in our hearts forever. This article will talk about some practical ways to memorialize someone who has passed away without feeling overwhelmed by all of the emotions connected with the tragedy.
Consider the Ceremony Options
There are many options to consider when honoring a loved one that has passed. Depending on budget and preference, families may choose traditional funeral services like wakes and burials with expected prices of a 2 person mausoleum ranging from $10,000 – $20,000 USD.
Additionally, there are more introspective approaches like scattering the dearly departed’s ashes in a place of personal or spiritual significance. No matter the road taken, having a ceremony that appropriately pays respect to their life and legacy can be extremely meaningful for loved ones to process their grief and celebrate those whom they were fortunate enough to have in their lives.
Again, it is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to handle these delicate moments. These ceremonies are ultimately about acknowledging the life of a loved one and it’s important to find what works for you and your family.
Acknowledge Your Grief
When a loved one has passed, acknowledging your grief is necessary in order to start the healing process. It can be helpful to allow yourself to talk about the thoughts and feelings you have in relation to their death. Journaling or talking with close friends and family can also be useful outlets for your emotions.
Remember that it’s ok to not be alright and that feelings of sadness or fear are part of mourning. Take some time for self-care as well; don’t push yourself too hard and make sure you meet your basic needs (sleeping, eating) in the aftermath of loss.
And most importantly, remember that it’s ok not to have all the answers right away – this will be a process with no fixed timeline, one that takes time and patience from you. Grief can sometimes feel overwhelming and there will be moments of sadness, but in time it won’t hurt as much.
Celebrate Their Life
Life is precious and honoring those we’ve lost can be a powerful experience. Start by reflecting on the memories that stand out and celebrate the individual for who they were, what made them unique, how much people meant to them, and how their lives impacted others.
Taking moments to remember them through meaningful stories, special keepsakes or even music can bring joy as well as create an opportunity for feeling closer to them even in their absence. When it comes to celebrating a beloved family member who has passed away, special gestures that recognize the significance of their life will always have greater meaning than words ever could.
Finally, it is important to remember that when a person passes away their legacy lives on in all the ways they touched people’s lives. While grieving can be a difficult process, it is also an opportunity to appreciate our connections with those around us and celebrate the life of a loved one.
Write Down/Keep the Memories
Honoring a loved one who has passed can be a difficult and challenging experience. Writing down our cherished memories can be helpful in the healing process. It might even be nostalgic, too, reliving special moments through words and descriptions.
Whether it’s reminiscing on shared laughter or recalling profound conversations you had with your beloved companion, sit with yourself and write down all of your meaningful moments to cherish forever – especially those that made you feel loved.
This is a meaningful way to celebrate the life of your departed family member or friend, creating an everlasting marker to remind us of the stories that made their lives so special.
Plant a Tree or Garden
Planting a tree or garden to honor your loved one’s memory is a meaningful and tangible way to tribute to an individual. It is an act of remembrance that can connect you with them in ways both literal and metaphorical.
Adding life to the world in the form of plants, flowers, and trees supports the cycle of life itself, celebrating their passing while remembering they will continue to bring joy through these living things.
Planting with your family or friends creates a sense of unity and enduring bond that honors those who have been lost in passing but remain close in spirit. It’s also an opportunity for growth and self-expression – by watching things grow that you planted together, you can remember life as it was when your loved one was here and appreciate what it has become after they’ve gone.
Honoring a loved one after their passing by displaying photos can be an incredibly powerful way to commemorate their life. Consider assembling photos in places where you will be reminded of them, such as framed images on the wall or smaller prints displayed in an album. You might also create a digital slideshow dedicated to your loved one, which can be shared or kept private for special occasions.
Online memorial “walls” are another resource for pooling many photos at once from numerous family members and friends. It is amazing how a few pictures are able to spark years of memories and honor the life that was lived in a meaningful way. It is also a time to come together with those we hold dear and join in the shared joy of remembering someone we have loved.
Honoring a lost loved one is never an easy process. But it can be made a bit easier if you know how to approach it the right way. Every person’s grief is different and it’s important to acknowledge those individual feelings, no matter what.
Whether you chose to celebrate their life through a traditional ceremony or in other creative ways, such as planting a tree or garden, displaying photos of them throughout your home, or keeping mementos in mind they’d appreciate – always remember there’s no wrong answer here.
We may not have all the time we want with our loved ones on this earth but honoring them in whatever way we can makes sure that their legacy lives on forever.