5 Memorable Ways to Honour Your Loved One Once They’ve Passed On

By: Brian K. Daly
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Death is something that makes almost everyone uncomfortable. Dealing with loss and grief can be overwhelming and upsetting. Trying to come to terms with death is an entirely personal pursuit.

For some, a traditional funeral and burial are not enough or just simply do not feel right to process the grief of losing a loved one.  There are many alternative and creative ways to honour your loved one once they have passed on.

Here are five memorable ways to honour your loved one.

Number 1: Plant a Tree for Them

There’s nothing like planting a tree to reinforce the idea of the circle of life.  By planting a tree in honour of your loved one, you’ll be able to see the tree grow and be constantly reminded that your loved one lives on in your memories and will never be far from your heart.

You can be comforted whenever you see the wind blow through the branches of the tree and feel closer to your loved one.

Number 2: Get Inked

Getting a tattoo to remember your loved one is a great way to keep them with you. Whether its committing to a portrait of your loved one or simply getting an inside joke or memorable quote, you can keep your loved one with you at all times.

When getting a tattoo it’s important to not make a rash decision in your grief, but to think it out for a while and make sure it’s something that will be cohesive to your lifestyle.

Number 3: Host a Celebration of Life

Different than a funeral, a celebration of life consists of celebrating the life and times of the deceased. By creating a memory board or table, or working together with friends and family to make a memory book, collaborating and sharing stories of your loved one is a great way to remember them and comfort friends and family through their grief.

Number 4: Create a Memory Quilt

By using photographs and articles of the loved one’s clothing you can create a memory quilt that will last for years to come.  You can either make the quilt yourself or gather the items and hire someone to make it, either way when you wrap the quilt around yourself it will be like receiving a big hug from your loved one.

Number 5: Volunteer or Donate to a Charity

If your loved one was known for their philanthropy, you can always donate time or money in your loved ones’ name to whichever charity they believed in most. By keeping up your goodwill for these causes, your loved ones interests and assistance will live on.

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