Losing a loved one is very hard and can be a very overwhelming experience. Deciding the method in which we commemorate the person we have loved, lost and who has played such an important role in our lives can seem like an impossible and daunting task.
Whether it’s a burial or cremation, there is a range of unique and remarkable ways to celebrate someone’s life.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can do this below:
A Memorial Vine
A really nice touch for someone who was a bit of wine enthusiast is to dedicate a vine to them What better way to remember all the times you enjoyed over a glass that having a vine that’s just for them. You can do this in either France or the Uk then every year you choose a date to receive a boxed bottle of wine from the vine you have dedicated.
A Memorial Bench
One of the most popular ways to commemorate a loved one’s life is with a memorial bench. You can place it in a nice picturesque spot such as a place they enjoyed, or in your own garden where you can sit and reminisce about all the precious times you had together. There is an abundance of companies that so this will work with you to build the right memorial bench. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this though is to buy from a garden centre and arrange a plaque yourself.
Plant A Tree
Another popular way to remember a life that has been lived is to plant a tree. Each year the tree blossoms you can even bring a few branches into your home as a celebration of that life. Some hospices have places like remembrance meadows, you can plant a tree and leave a message online and with the tree, both leaving a lasting memory,
Have A Unique Urn
Some people choose to be cremated, they either want to be kept with their loved ones or be spread somewhere that they enjoyed during their life. If you’re loved one wanted to be kept close to family a great way to commemorate a loved one is to use unique glass cremation urns where you can add a personal touch.
Frame A Cherished Garment
For many people parting with a loves ones favourite garment is too hard, and this is completely understandable, A really nice way to hold their memory and keep their favourite piece well looked after and in pride of place is to have it framed. It could be their favourite football shirt, their wedding dress or even their favourite scarf. There are many professional framers who will take careful consideration when working on a project like this. They will work closely with you to make sure your loved ones piece is framed perfectly and in the right way.
Keep A Favourite Accessory
Whether it’s your mothers favourite earrings, your grandfathers watch or your sisters favourite necklace. Having something like this on you at all times can make you feel a lot closer to your loved one. If there is a lot of you in the family, you may need to think about who is going to have which personal items. With some pieces of jewellery, it’s possible to split them and make new pieces so that everyone can have a piece.
Build A Shrine
Some people claim that doing this is unhealthy, however, traditionally Greek people cherish their loved ones who they have lost by building a shrine. In Greece, you will find them on the side of the road, however, you could choose a corner of a room or build an area in the garden. Fill it with mementoes, like flowers, candles, photographs and ornaments.
Name A Rose
A really lovely way to remember a loved one who enjoyed the garden is to name a rose after them. You can apply to purchase some rose seeds and then have a certificate of the rose’s name entered into the International Rose Naming Registry, this is periodically submitted to the British Library.
Have An Annual Celebration
Many cultures around the world take one day every year to commemorate the people they have lost. In places like Mexico, it is referred to as ‘the day of the dead’. You could choose your own day and have it as a day to remember everyone you have lost and join together with family and friends to reminisce.
If you have any other suggestions for ways to commemorate the loss of a loved one, please share them in the comments below.