I often get asked how to honor the memory of their deceased loved one especially on the anniversary of a death, and indeed I’ve come across many creative ideas for memorials for loved ones over the years. Some people choose to write memorial poems for their loved ones, while others create memorial websites to celebrate their lives.
Today, I want to share a really wonderful story from Heartache To Healing subscriber Mary A. Phillips with her permission. Not only did I find it a touching memorial to her beloved husband’s memory, but what stuck out to me was also the unique way in which she chose to honor his birthday with an event of meaning and purpose.
Mary’s Memorial Charity Event
“Yesterday I had a Pooh de Mayo charity event to celebrate with my husband’s friends. His birthday was May 5th Cinco de Mayo and his nickname was Pooh hence the name of the event. I had everyone bring a Pooh Bear or other bear to get in. Then we had a BBQ dinner for all. Collected 150 bears and had a good day.
It had been 9 months since my husband’s death. Beautiful day and a good healing knowing that this is going to a local charity that grants wishes for children in Texas with life threatening diseases. It is like Make a Wish but a local one.
Just thought I would share this since I found it surprisingly a good day.”
~ Mary A. Phillips
Thank you Mary for sharing a truly memorable day with us!
More Memorial Ideas For Loved Ones
Having a memorial charity event like Mary did is a great opportunity to give back to the community and honor the memory of a loved one at the same time. Here are some other tributes you can perform as memorials for loved ones:
1. Purchase a memorial gift in their honor.
2. Design a memorial photo plate with their favorite verse or poem.
3. Plant a tree accompanied by a plaque with your tribute.
4. Create a memorial website where friends and family can post their favorite memories, photos and stories.
5. Donate to their favorite charity or religious organization.
These are just some of the ways people choose to memorialize their deceased loved ones. You can draw inspiration from these ideas, or maybe you’d like to share your own suggestions. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to share your comments in the section below.