Losing a loved one is an excruciatingly painful experience that can make us feel powerless. It’s normal to go through a wide range of emotions during the mourning process – from anger to sadness. But finding your own special way to honour and commemorate your loss can be a cathartic step toward feeling better.
Have a look at these ideas below. Don’t be afraid to try something unique – you never know what will bring the comfort you need!
Throw them a birthday party
When it comes to remembering and honouring a loved one who has passed away, their birthdays can be especially challenging. However, you can view it as a chance to celebrate their life and host a warm and joyful birthday party in their honour. Invite close friends and family to join you, indulge in delicious cake, and share your fondest memories of your beloved.
Do a memorial release
Taking part in a memorial release can be a comforting and meaningful way to honour the memory of a loved one who has passed away. There are so many wonderful ideas and options available to you.
For example, some people choose to release balloons, while others prefer the beauty of releasing butterflies or doves. Another option is to place flowers in a river or on a small raft with tea lights and let them gently float downstream. Alternatively, you could blow bubbles into the wind.
Whatever choice you make for this memorial, remember that it’s not just about letting go of an object. It’s also an opportunity to release your grief and find solace in the process.
Finish what they couldn’t
If someone dear to you has passed away without getting the chance to visit a particular place or finish something important to them, you can do it on their behalf. Take the time to discover what they were passionate about and dreamed of doing, and make it happen. Go on their dream vacation, finish the book they started and see their favourite band live. Through these experiences, you’ll feel closer to them.
Organize a book club
Was your loved one a book lover? Then, organizing a book club in their honour might be a thoughtful idea. Choose a book they adored, or opt for a new one by their favourite author. During the event, encourage discussions about the book, allowing everyone to share their thoughts, perspectives, and cherished memories. As a thoughtful gesture, each guest could be presented with a custom bookmark as a keepsake.
There’s no sugarcoating it – death anniversaries are difficult. Once that day comes, finding the right way to mark the occasion can be challenging. But if you find your own special way to keep your loved one’s memory alive, it will be much easier to get through the tough days. To find more ideas on how to honour your loved one, have a look at the resources below.