Positive Ways to Remember Your Loved One

Create something to help you remember:

  • Make a scrapbook of wonderful memories.
  • Organize your photo albums.
  • Make a list of the things you remember about your loved one: the way he laughed, her favorite sayings.

Express your feelings:

  • Write a poem.
  • Talk to your loved one or write a letter to him.

Do something life-affirming in his or her honor:

  • Plant a tree or plant a garden of your loved one's favorite flowers.
  • Organize a family gathering in celebration of her life.

Share memories of your loved one with others:

  • Include his memory in holiday traditions.
  • Share memories of her with younger friends and family.

Take comfort in your own memories of him or her:

  • Watch his favorite movie.
  • Listen to music that brings to mind times that you shared.
  • Make a quilt from her favorite clothes.
  • Celebrate your loved one's favorite tradition, or create a new tradition in his memory.

Remember your loved one in a spiritual place:

  • Light a candle in her memory.
  • Provide memorial flowers at your church or synagogue in his name.

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