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Losing a loved one can have a severe impact on your mental health. The sudden loss of someone you expected to be there forever, whether it’s a friend, family member, pet, or even a celebrity, can hit you harder than you think, even if you feel okay at first. While you will always have the memories of who they were, it also helps to have a place or event where you can celebrate them your way. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, here are some ideas for you to consider. 

Traditional Memorials 

Although many people have embraced non-traditional memorials, there are still plenty of reasons to use cemetery grave markers or plaques to remember loved ones who have passed away. This gives you a designated place to visit and pay your respects, and it allows others, whether relatives, friends, or co-workers, to do the same. 

Even if you opt for cremation rather than burial, you may be able to place markers at the site where you scattered ashes, but this will usually depend on where it is and any laws in the area. 

Plant A Garden 

A memorial garden with their favorite flowers is another great option for remembering loved ones. Although traditional settings are good, there is something about the care and attention you pay to a garden that keeps you coming back. 

Rather than being a place for you to pay respects, you can use the garden as a way to continue their legacy, especially if they loved gardening, and you used to spend time in their garden with them. The more care you put into this garden, the more it will flourish, and gardening itself has numerous mental health benefits that will help you grieve.  

Create a Memory Quilt 

Memory quilts will make sure there is something of them with you at all times. If you’re adept at sewing, you can take t-shirts and other items, including photographs printed on fabric, to create something you can wrap yourself in once the temperature drops. 

You don’t need to be an expert at patchwork, though. You could find someone who will do it for you, especially if you don’t have the skills yourself. While it might feel right to do it yourself, you want professional quality to make sure it will last. 

Celebrate Every Year

There is often no better way to remember someone than to mark a date on the calendar that you celebrate every year. The celebrations are entirely up to you, and you can make them as large or as intimate as you like. 

Whether it’s just a few friends and family members to a full-blown memorial event, perhaps to raise money for charity, there are plenty of options there. Pick one that feels right to you. 


The memories of your loved ones will never fade, and these ideas will help you celebrate their life and legacy whenever and wherever you want. They can help you come to terms with loss and start the healing process, however long you need to take. 

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