Losing a loved one is hardly ever easy, and neither is grieving them. Regardless, both are completely natural things and are part of life – you’re more than likely to have to deal with loss at some point. But how do you deal with it? Sad news is that there’s no easy way, but there are certain healthy, meaningful gestures that can help you both honor your late family or friends, keep their memory alive, and deal with their loss at the same time.
It might require some work on your side, and most of these gestures will only be possible if you face the reality of the situation. For example, it won’t be easy to go through all of the stuff they left behind to find the right clothing item to make a memory pillow, and you may need to talk to an artist in detail if you need a portrait made.
Keep reading to find out more about preserving the memories of your loved ones.
A Portrait Painting
Even the best digital photos fade over time, and they’re not the best for being hung on the wall or displayed in public where they will be prone to fading because of the sun, moisture, and dust. This is why you need to invest in a portrait painting of your loved one, and according to Instapainting you can have it done from the comfort of their homes, without breaking the bank.
This is especially precious if you lost your loved one a while ago – a lot of children who lost a parent in childhood can have a photo of them and their parents together painted as they like, in a medium of their choosing. You can also choose to change the background of the painting. Think about how precious it would be to have a painting done of your family members at that one place they always wanted to visit but couldn’t!
Social Media Accounts
Social media has taken the world by a storm in the last few decades, and almost everyone has one. This is why sites like Facebook offer users the option to select one person who will be in charge of their social media accounts after their death.
Preserving someone’s social media account can be a very meaningful way to help people get to know a person after their death and keep their memory alive, and it’s certainly not a job for someone you can’t trust with all your secrets!
A Memory Pillow
There’s a certain amount of comfort in feeling like a person is around by interacting with their belongings. A memory pillow is a great way to preserve a person’s essence and personality, with one of the clothes they wore most often. You can find countless tutorials online on how to make one, and even though it might not be easy to go through their stuff to find the right garment, it’s well worth it.
Most of the pillows are made by cutting out the front and back of a simple shirt into squares and then sewing them back together, or just cutting the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt – the main purpose is to make sure the shirt now fits over a cushion instead of an actual person, and someone who already knows how to sew can definitely come up with countless creative ways to do so.
Make a Scrapbook
Making a scrapbook with all of their memories with you inside is one of the ways you can revisit it all and get some closure, while at the same time it gives you something to revisit from time to time.
Not only can you add photos in there, but also things like ticket stubs, letters and handwritten notes passes in class, song lyrics that remind you of them, or that were special to you both, and maybe a letter or two to them, expressing all the things you couldn’t say to them while they were alive.