Losing a loved one can feel like drowning. You may experience pangs of panic, hopelessness and pain. Whether your loss is sudden or anticipated, it’s never easy to deal with all of the emotions that come with your grief. Taking time to memorialize your loved one may be one way that allows you to cope with your grief. Here are some ideas to help you keep your loved one’s memory alive and share just what he or she meant to you.
Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery is the only cemetery in Mobile that offers the memory medallion. The memory medallion is a QR code that is placed on your loved one’s headstone. When you scan this unique QR code, you can access special information about your loved one. The memory medallion can hold photos, videos, stories, web links and more. If you have family members that live far away, that is not a problem. Your memory medallion will have a special website linked to it that can be shared with family and friends. Each medallion is made of steel and they are available in many different styles.
Set Up a Memorial
Memorials are a classic way of remembering our loved ones. We allow both bronze memorials and upright granite monuments. Specialists will help you create a unique memorial that suits your loved one. We now allow more personalizations of your loved one’s memorial that include an array of colors and styles. Our memorials are a permanent reminder of the life that was lived, and we aim to offer quality memorials for the least expense.
Create a Memory Box
Creating a memory box might be an activity especially helpful for young children. Memories begin to fade over time, and a child might have a harder time remembering things as they get older. A memory box allows someone to hold onto memories and keep a connection with a passed loved one. You can touch and see items that belonged to that person or that remind you of them.
Visit Special Places
Visiting special places is a nice way to keep your loved one’s memory alive. Just because they passed does not mean that you should no longer go to these places. However, in fact, you should go to these places to still feel a connection to them. You might even talk to them a little or write them a letter about a favorite memory at your special location. Your special place does not have to be a trip; you might go to a coffee house, bookstore or even a park that was a special place for you and your loved one.
After your loved one passes, the first birthday or holidays after might be harder than you expect. You might want to take a special time out of the day and be thankful for them and the positive ways they impacted your life. You could also host a dinner in their honor. Inviting family and friends over and sharing memories of your lost loved ones might help with the grieving process. You could hold it at your house or go to a restaurant your loved one enjoyed.
If your loved one was involved with certain charities or organizations, getting involved with those groups might help you feel closer to them. Getting involved is a good way of continuing a family legacy as well. If they were not involved, think about what they loved and donate or provide support to those areas. When getting involved, bring friends and family to bond over the experience.
Remembering your loved ones is very important and these activities may help with the grieving process. Relationships are able to last a very long time because of the love we carry for that person, and sharing and remembering that relationship is worth it. Doing any of these activities will help you remain close and connected with your loved one no matter what age you are.
Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery is a non-profit cemetery located at 6100 Three Notch Road in Mobile, Alabama. We are here to help those who are in need and make it a priority to preserve the memories of your loved ones in a dignified, honorable and comfortable place. Visit us online at www.mobilememorialgardens.org or on our Facebook page. If you have suffered a loss and would like to speak to us, please call us at 251-661-1333.