April 22, 2016 by Miller Funeral & Cremation Services Staff
With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day on the horizon, many individuals and families will look for ways to remember those who have passed on. From formal remembrance ceremonies to small celebrations of life, there are a plethora of ways to commemorate a loved one.
At Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, we are dedicated to honoring the individual through personalized funeral services that capture the personality and life of the deceased.
Because we understand and value the desire for loved ones to continue to celebrate the lives of those who have gone on before us, we have compiled some of our favorite commemorative tributes.
8 Unique Ways You Can Honor And Commemorate A Loved One
- Plant a tree – Spring is the season when everything seems to come to life with blossoms and verdant growth. A symbolic tree is a wonderful way to honor a departed loved one who lives on through memories. As you watch the tree grow and bloom with each new spring, you will be reminded of the beauty, wisdom, and grace embodied in the life of your loved one.
- Create a scrapbook – Looking at old photos is can be touching, especially when shared with family members and friends. And, there are several photo websites like Shutterfly or Snapfish that will print your digital photos for just a few cents. Craft and hobby stores carry a wide variety of scrapbooking albums and supplies, so you can create a personalized memory album to keep for years to come.
- Turn a personal item into a memento – Cherished flannel shirts, wedding attire, and linens can be turned into beautiful commemorative items – from quilts to pillowcases.
- Make a mix of favorite songs – There is nothing like a song to bring back memories of good times and special moments. Make a compilation of your loved one’s best liked tunes and give these treasured CDs to those who will equally appreciate the tribute.
- Share stories and memories – One way to keep the life of the departed close to your heart is to tell stories of his or her childhood, moments throughout adulthood, and funny anecdotal tales that will stay with friends and family for years to come.
- Bind a book of family recipes – How many of us still swoon over a delicious dish lovingly made by a grandmother, mother, or other family member? To keep these recipes for future generations, consider designing a cookbook of time tested family recipes to be given as gifts to relatives and friends.
- Host a gathering – Speaking of recipes, another wonderful way to honor your beloved is by hosting a memorial gathering where you can make your departed loved one’s favorite meal to share with all those who loved him or her, too.
- Frame and display keepsakes – Framed displays are a simple, yet elegant way to preserve mementoes such a tickets to a sporting event, old letters, sweet notes, newspaper clippings, and a variety of paper, photographic, and fabric items that remind you of a beautiful life.
No matter what unique commemorative project you choose, it is sure to be special when shared with those you love.