Meaningful Memorialization: How to
Properly Honor a Beloved Family Member

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Writing a memorial for a lost family member can be a difficult task, but it can provide much needed solace in the wake of a loved one's passing. One way to ensure that your loved one is remembered forever is to create a heartfelt tribute that honors the person they were and all they meant to you.

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Consider These Tips

When writing a memorial, consider these tips:

  • Acknowledge their positive attributes
  • Share stories that reflect who they were
  • Draw strength from their memory
  • Ensure the memorial will last many generations

By memorializing your beloved family member in this way, you can feel comforted knowing that their spirit will live on always. Here are some tips on how to properly memorialize your lost loved one in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

Provide Yourself Some Time to Think

Writing a memorial for a beloved family member can be a daunting task. But it is important to take as much time as you need, to carefully reflect on the person being honored. Write down all of the aspects that you remember about them, from their favorite hobbies and activities to their best qualities and moments that you shared together. When finished, your words should accurately reflect the joy that they had brought into your life, as well as the impact they made while they were here. It is essential to do justice to their memory with your words.

Write a Sincere Expression of Your Emotions

Writing can be a powerful way of processing emotion and remembering special moments. Gathering thoughts on paper is often the best way to make sense of how we feel and what we want to say. It's important to take the time for yourself, free from judgment or grammar rules, to just express your feelings honestly. Doing this can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to honoring painful memories that evoke strong feelings. Recording them down can help you keep those moments alive and pay tribute to what they meant to you.

Add Your Own Memories and Stories

Writing a memorial piece in honor of a loved one is a special way to pay tribute and remember them, even after they have passed away. Your heartfelt expression of feeling should be the focus of the memorial piece, as these are the words that will stay with you forever. Personal stories can emphasize what you love about your lost loved one by reminding you how special they were and all the wonderful things that made up their life.

Include photos of your loved one, as these are sure to create lasting memories and bring everyone who reads them comfort and joy. You may want to dedicate this memorial piece to your beloved or thank them for all they have done, so everyone knows how much they meant to you. Lastly, don't forget to share any kind of quotes or poems that remind you of them perfectly — just like if your loved one was here speaking those words again.

Do Not Hold Back While Expressing Sorrow

A memorial service or remembrance ceremony can be an incredibly difficult time for those who have recently lost someone close to them. It is normal and healthy for those going through this experience to express their sadness in whatever form is comfortable for them — be it with words, tears, or simply showing up — as it allows those in attendance to understand how special the person was, and the magnitude of what has been lost.

Even if you feel unsure about your ability to keep a level head during the ceremony, don’t be afraid or ashamed to let others know how much pain you are feeling; everyone at the service understands loss, and many will have gone through something similar themselves.

Be Certain to Add a Photo

A tribute to a beloved individual is incomplete without at least one picture of them. This photo could be a vintage one taken in the past or something more modern, whichever evokes the strongest emotion when looking at it. By including this image, the tribute piece truly captures the essence of who this remarkable person was in life — and probably even more so, in death. It serves as a reminder that someone extraordinary has passed on, but their memory will never leave us nor fade away. May they continue to be an inspiration to those they have left behind.

Fundraising to Purchase a Bronze Memorial Plaque

One way to honor a beloved family member or friend who has passed away is by raising money for a bronze memorial plaque. This plaque can be placed at their grave site or a spot that was special to them where they spent time when alive. It will serve as a reminder of the beautiful soul and give others peace whenever they visit.

Additionally, if you have the resources, you may choose to have the plaque inscribed with meaningful words or phrases that evoke fond memories of your dearly departed. This will ensure that their memory lives on forever in your heart, while also providing comfort and solace to all those around who knew them well. You can check it out for more info about how to honor your lost loved ones in this special way.

Writing a memorial for a beloved family member after their passing can feel like an intimidating task but with some thoughtfulness, love, and care it can become an incredibly moving experience. Taking time for yourself before beginning allows for proper reflection which will ensure that each word written carries depth beyond measure; don’t forget photos, stories/anecdotes from personal experiences shared together plus any other details which remind us why we miss them so deeply every day since then.

Lastly, consider raising money towards making a bronze plaque that will commemorate them forevermore near places where they used to spend time while alive; this thoughtful gesture serves as an everlasting reminder of their love and presence in our lives always.

Thank you Kristin Louis for contributing this article.

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