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Alternative ways to remember your loved ones

Posted by AK Lander | On November 13, 2015 15:26

While finding a fitting grave headstone for your loved one will take priority, you may also want to consider remembering your friend or relative in other ways. It may be that you live far away from the burial site and wish to have something closer to home, or would simply like to have more reminders so they remain close to your heart, but whatever the case, there are many ways you can keep their memory alive. Here are just a few ideas which may inspire you.



One of the most popular ways to remember a loved one is by wearing jewellery that has a link to that person. They may have left you some of their own jewellery in a will, which you could wear, or have adjusted so that it is more to your tastes.



Alternatively, you could buy yourself a locket on a chain, and enclose a photograph of them inside, which you can view whenever you wish. It is also now possible to have the ashes of a late relative or friend turned into a ring by having their cremated remains encapsulated in a handmade unique stone. Chris Parry is a jeweller who is able to carry out such requests. Take a look at our article on what to do with ashes for more ideas.



It is quite common to head on a country or coastal walk and come across a bench that has been dedicated to someone who has sadly passed away. These benches will often have plaques describing why that particular person loved the area, or will instead be carved with a poem or message which was perhaps their favourite verse or quote. This can often be comforting for those who knew the person the bench is devoted to, as it provides somewhere to visit for a moment of reflection, in surroundings that were special to those who are deeply missed.

Plant a tree


As it is not always possible to visit the graves of our loved ones, it can be nice to have somewhere close to home, such as in the garden. This is a wonderful option for those who once loved the outdoors, or had a keen passion for the garden, providing much joy to friends and family when said tree or plant blossoms in the spring or summer. It enables those who wish to remember their loved one the chance to reflect the individual’s personality, choosing a flower which best symbolises their likes or favourite colours. You may also like to decorate it with a plaque to make it even more personal.


Photo collage or portrait


Photographs or images of a special person are often the best way to keep a memory alive, so putting together a collage of a loved one can bring back many happy memories. Maybe it’s your favourite photos, or a selection of images from when they were younger. While many would like these on display as a reminder each day, it may be a preferred option to create a memory book, which can be accessed whenever that person is particularly missed or on special anniversaries. Another suggestion would be to have your favourite photograph turned into a portrait by a local artist, as this can take pride of place in a room of choice in your home.


Display something they made


If your relative or friend was a creative person, then it might be a nice touch to display a painting or piece of artwork that they made. It will be a nice reminder of their interests, and may even inspire you to create something or work harder yourself.


Image Credit: jessicahtam, Pleuntje, Beth, Robert Nunnally, Thomas & Dianne Jones (flickr.com)