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Guest Blog Post: 5 Unique Ways To Preserve the Memory of a Loved One

Mar 06, 2018

ASD is pleased to share this guest blog post from Sarah Giavanio , Assistant Marketing Director of Safe Passage Urns. Safe Passages Urns is dedicated to providing unique, one-of-a-kind cremation urns to memorialize the ashes of a loved one. Sarah is dedicated to providing helpful information to consumers about funeral expenses and planning, as well as partnering with funeral homes. In this guest post, she explains how crafts and DIY projects can help families to memorialize loved ones and preserve memories.

Guest Blog Post: 5 Unique Ways To Preserve the Memory of a Loved One

Holding on to meaningful memories shared with a loved one who has passed away is a helpful way of dealing with your grief. As time passes, memories have a tendency to fade away unless they are revisited occasionally. The best way to refresh the memory of a loved one is with visual stimulation. Working on the ability to revisit these memories from a place of happiness is paramount to finding peace with their death. These 5 Do It Yourself ideas, are all fun ways to preserve the memory of a loved one, and to never forget their personality and smile.

1. Start a New Tradition

Traditions are at the core of all families. Whether that tradition is Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches on the 4th of July, or carving your annual rendition of Mickey Mouse on a pumpkin every Halloween. When a loved one dies, it provides the perfect opportunity to start a new tradition. The tradition itself can be as adventurous as you choose. What’s great about starting a new tradition is that you can have the idea be as simple as going for a morning walk, or as creative as you want. The exact logistics of the new tradition are not nearly as important as what the tradition means to you. By starting a new ceremony, you can include family and friends to make it into a really special event that is celebrated every year.

2. Create a Memory Pillow

Memory Pillows are a creative way to preserve the memory of a loved one with their very own clothes. It might be hard for you to go through the clothes of a loved one after they’re gone but transforming the clothes into a beautiful keepsake pillow will make it less daunting and more meaningful. Memory pillows also make great gifts to other bereaved family members. You do not need to needlessly throw away all the recently deceased clothes, when you can recycle some of the clothes into a comforting keepsake pillow. Check out this great DIY article on crafting your very own memory pillow.

3. Plant a Tree

Planting a seed is a perfect way to symbolize the cycle of life and death. You can also visit the tree and see it grow as the seasons progress. Much like a seedling grows stronger and more resilient to harsh weather over time, so does your resilience to dealing with the many obstacles of life. Planting a tree somewhere nearby is also an environmentally beneficial tradition to preserve the memory of a loved one. When you look at what could be accomplished on a national level if everyone chose to have a tree planted in their memory. Every year in the United States, 2.6 million people die. That’s 2.6 million trees planted every year, which is the equivalent of 3,581 acres of forest, every single year. Imagine the impact that could have in terms of long term environmental sustainability. Check out, “Environmental Impact of Burial Funerals,” for more information on how the funeral profession has impacted our planet.

4. Create A Scrapbook

Scrapbooking the memories of a loved is a fun way to keep their memory alive, and also something you can show to other family and friends. People love pictures of special moments in a person’s life. A scrapbook puts these moments together in a unique way. They are also a great way to showcase the life of someone to family and friends who may not have gotten the chance to meet the deceased person. It's like taking a glimpse into their life. You are able to customize the scrap book and even choose a theme to creatively bring together all the pictures. Furthermore, scrapbooks are wonderful for consolidating all the photos of someone so that they are not spread all over the place and easier to lose.

5. Creating a Mosaic From Many Photos

If you have the digital copy of the decedents photos, then a one-of-a-kind way to pay tribute to their life is by creating a mosaic, using hundreds of photos to make a single larger image. There are software companies such as Mosaically that will aggregate the photos by color, in order to form beautiful composite pictures and portraits. This is really one of those ideas that you just have to see for yourself to truly understand it.

It is never easy getting over the death of a loved one. Sometimes people tend to confuse healing from grief with blocking out the memory of the loved one altogether. It is liberating to be able to look back at happy memories you had with the loved one without falling back to heart break and sorrow. Be easy with yourself. The old cliché, “time heals all wounds,” is accurate. As some time passes, you will no longer have the constant shadow of grief overhead. Following some of these memorial ideas will hopefully help you and your family have some fun, while showing admiration to the recently deceased.

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Sarah Giavanio is the Assistant Marketing Director of Safe Passage Urns. She has been dedicated to providing helpful information to consumers about funeral expenses/planning, as well as partnering with various funeral homes in the Maryland area. Sarah also collaborates with various animal organizations to raise awareness for adopting pets from animal rescue shelters.

Safe Passage Urns is dedicated to providing unique, one-of-a-kind cremation u rns to memorialize the ashes of a loved one. We understand our urns are meant to be functional pieces of art that the family can feel comfortable displaying, which means that we take great pride in the design and craftsmanship that goes into everything we supply. We guarantee that you will find an elegant cremation urn that the family will love. We are also very excited at Safe Passage Urns to be launching our biodegradable cremation urn collection this summer so that families can preserve the memory of a loved one while practicing environmental sustainability.


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About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD's company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at Jess@myASD.com


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