Losing a loved one may be part of the cycle of life, but it is still hard to cope with for many of us as we hang onto cherished memories of the departed.
But in today’s world there are a growing number of ways we can keep those memories alive in a physical form other than a traditional headstone or photograph, many of which help us capture the essence of our loved ones and create unique memorials with their own special stories to share with family members.
Printing and photography have improved so rapidly in recent years thanks to digital technology that everyone has access to high quality and low-cost options at their local superstore, pharmacy or online.
Simply upload a picture or take a snap of an old image and you can easily have it printed on anything you wish – a traditional photobook telling your departed’s life story all the way through to a beer glass for the dad that enjoyed a pint or a fleecy blanket to keep warm as you watch their favorite program on television.
It is easy – especially with Pinterest – to find all sorts of imaginative ways to create a photo gallery mixed in with items and objects they loved.
Jewelry is also increasingly common for people to commemorate departed family members – whether tokens with birthstones included, watches with photos on the face, or even lockets with images inside which have made a big comeback in recent years.
It is possible to have the cremated ashes of a loved one turned into gemstones and incorporated into jewelry, and another popular way is to have any inherited pieces of jewelry recast and reset to fit yourself and your style while carrying the precious memories with you daily.
For those who loved the outdoors and nature, planting a tree or favored flower or shrub is a perfect reminder of their presence in your life as you watch it grow through the years – especially if you are looking for just the right place to bury any ashes and have a memorial and place to go to remember.
And as music is so important to so many people, a playlist of their favorite songs from their favorite bands and performers is a simple and very affordable way to keep their spirit alive within you, and easily sent to anyone who would like to add it to their own listening.
Slideshows and movies are easier than ever to create and share, highlighting happy family events and memories for all to enjoy and reminisce over.
Even old clothes can be turned into unique and valued keepsakes for the next generation – teddy bears made from a special jacket or shirt, and memory blankets quilted together using logos from sports teams or hobbies and interests they had brought together in a new family heirloom ready for the next generation.