Creative Ways to Honor a Loved One

| By Jodi Horton

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it’d be nice to put together a few crafty ideas to honor moms, grandmas, and any other loved ones in your life. A few of these ideas are a great way to remember a mom (or any other loved one) who is no longer alive, or a great way to honor someone who is still with you.

Recipe Keepsakes

Keep Mom’s recipes safe for years to come by laminating handwritten recipe cards and keeping them in a keepsake recipe box. The cards will be a little more age-proof and spill-proof thanks to the lamination. And, in this digital age, it’s nice to have that extra personal touch of seeing someone’s hand on a page. For some extra fun, Etsy store, Small Home Design, will take those handwritten recipes and print them on a dish towel.

Memory GardenHerb Garden

When I think of my mom, I think of gardening. She’s been a gardener of herbs, vegetables, and fruit my entire life. If your mom is/was like this, why not create a small memory garden in honor of her? Plant the things she liked most—certain types of flowers, a collection of herb plants, or a shady tree. If you’re really creative and handy, turn the garden into a reflection or meditation space.

Thumbprint Family Tree

Commonly used as a creative alternative to the wedding guestbook, the thumbprint tree would also make an excellent and unique family tree and heirloom. Draw your own (or purchase) tree trunk and branches on a sheet of heavy paper. The thumbprints are your tree’s leaves. Have every member of the family add their thumbprint. We found an example of a thumbprint tree and a free template here. This is a great gift to give mom or grandma.

Memory Jar

At the end of life, individuals often find themselves performing a life review. It’s an opportunity to share memories and reflect on one’s accomplishments. Make the life review a little more creative and fun by making a memory jar. Start by finding a large decorative jar and cutting some squares of paper out from some pretty paper. As your loved one shares their happy memories, write them down on the pieces of paper. Fold them up and add them to the memory jar. Add some memories of your own about your mom or other loved one. It’s a beautiful way to collect a person’s favorite memories, and something you can hold onto even after a loved one has died.

If you are struggling with the death of a loved one, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890 to learn more about our free community grief support groups.

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