Losing a close friend or family member is never a pleasant experience. But you can help soothe the pain of the death loss of someone who was close to you by celebrating his or her life and, at the same time, reminding others that your loved one was loved, admired and cherished.
Here are some things you can do to keep the memory of a friend or family member alive after they pass from this Earth.
- Donate to a Nonprofit
Honor the memory of loved ones by making a donation to a nonprofit in their name. This would be especially appropriate if you made a contribution to a cause that was dear to their heart. For example, you could give money to their house of worship or to an organization they felt was doing worthwhile work, such as the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project.
- A Living Reminder
Plant a tree, flowers, a rose bush or an entire garden as a way to remember to remove the second to someone who meant a lot to you, especially if your friend or family member was an avid gardener. This would be particularly meaningful in the spring, when the memorial to your loved one blooms.
- A Place to Reminisce
Dedicate a bench in a park or other pleasant area of in your town to your loved one. Check with your local government officials first, but they most likely will be happy for you to buy or pay to refurbish an existing bench where people can relax and enjoy the outdoors – and they’ll always be reminded of your friend or family member.
- Celebrate Their Life
Marking the death of a loved one doesn’t have to be a somber occasion. Maybe you could plan a celebration of their life, possibly on their birthday each year. You could invite those who knew your loved one best, and each guest could be asked say a few – or more than a few – words about their fondest memories of the deceased.
- Keep Something of Sentimental Value
Was your loved one a big baseball fan with a collection of autographed balls or a football enthusiast who proudly wore the colors of his favorite college or professional team each Saturday or Sunday during the season? Displaying his prized baseball or cherished jersey in a prominent place in your home will bring back pleasant memories of your deceased friend or family member.
- Think Universal
If you really want to think creatively to honor deceased loved ones, you can name a star in their honor. For a nominal fee, you can gaze at the clear night sky, point to a shining celestial body and reminisce about your friend or family member.
Are you looking for a funeral home that offers you a comforting and inviting place to say goodbye to a cherished friend or family member? Seaside Funeral Home of Corpus Christi, Texas, has the experience of caring care for families of all cultural backgrounds and walks of life. To learn more, visit SeasideFuneralHome.com or call 361-210-6362.
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