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The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things that we experience in life. There is no quick fix or cure for grief, but grief does evolve over time, and it does become easier to live with.
It is essential to allow yourself to grieve at your own pace and not to force yourself to think or feel a certain way. There is no right or wrong way to feel, so accepting your emotions is crucial; otherwise, you will make yourself feel even worse. When you feel ready to do so, you may find it helpful to speak to someone about your feelings to help you process them. There is no shame in asking for help; many people have talking therapies after the loss of someone they care for.
You may also find it helpful to speak to those closest to you. Your friends and family may also be grieving the loss, but sometimes it is comforting to talk to someone going through the same thing, as this helps to alleviate some of the loneliness that can come from grief. Don’t be afraid to share your memories of the happy times you shared; remembering these can be a great comfort. As a little time starts to pass, you may be starting to think about the ways in which you can honor your loved one and pay tribute to their memory. You may find that having a focus and thinking of ways in which you can pay tribute to them helpful, as it enables you to concentrate on the task. There are so many different ways that you can pay tribute to your loved one and create a lasting memory of them.
Spending a little time thinking about what your loved one liked, what they enjoyed doing in their spare time, and where their favorite places are is a great help and should provide you with some valuable inspiration for a fitting tribute to their life. Here are some of the ways that you can pay tribute to your loved one and create a lasting reminder of them to treasure forever:
Donate to a Worthy Cause
If your loved one had a good cause that they liked to support, you could consider giving a donation in their memory. Maybe there was a charitable organization that they volunteered for or a charity that supports a cause that was close to their heart.
Donating to a charity could be something that you contribute to as a family, or you could ask that people attending the funeral service donate to the charity rather than sending flowers. However you decide to donate, it is a gift that will be appreciated by the charity and help them to do a lot of good in the future.
Set Up a Memorial at Their Favorite Place
Creating a memorial in your loved one’s favorite place is an excellent way to pay tribute to their memory. If they had a park that they loved to walk in each day, how about seeing if you can commission an ‘in memory’ plaque to add a special reminder of them in a place that they loved to spend their time. Any time that you are feeling like you need to be closer to them, then you can simply visit their favorite place to feel like they are with you.
If they loved to be outside in the yard and pottering around with their plants, how about planting a tree in their memory in your garden? Seeing the tree grow and eventually bloom is a lovely tribute that will be there forever.
Create a Memorial That You can Keep With You
If you would like a lasting tribute to your loved one that you can keep with you at all times, then a piece of keepsake memorial jewelry could be the perfect answer. A memorial necklace is a perfect way to keep your loved one close to your heart, but a bracelet or ring will ensure that you can see them regularly throughout the day. There are some gorgeous designs of keepsake jewelry available. If you plan to wear the piece of jewelry every day, it is helpful to choose a jewelry item that will work with your existing clothes and accessories. This could be a piece that has a sentimental engraving on it, a photograph etched onto it, or maybe a pendant with a vessel so that you can keep a sentimental item safely inside and always with you.