Details:way to stay in the heart of loved ones even far away
We all want to be close to our loved ones, even when we are not there we want them to think about us. Here are some tips for that.
1. Create a memorial garden
Memorial gardens have long been a popular way to honor and remember people by, providing both a physical site for loved ones to visit as well as the cathartic symbolism of death, renewal and growth throughout the seasons.
2. Think outside the box
Scattering a loved one’s ashes in a meaningful spot is another popular way to remember someone. And much like the memorial garden, this can take many different forms. When Steele’s father died, she and her family chose an unconventional site to scatter his ashes – but one that was totally fitting for them. “The happiest I ever saw my dad was on one particular golf course, so we used his ashes to fill in the divots and we played 18 holes,” she says. “It made us laugh, and it was the perfect send-off for Dad.”
3. Commission a piece of art
An increasingly popular way to remember a loved one who has passed is by incorporating them into art – in some cases, literally. In addition to the golf course, some of Steele’s father’s remains are now part of a unique artwork – a glass planet created by an artist friend. This type of art is becoming increasingly prevalent, with a number of artists offering to create glass pieces using a loved one’s ashes. For customers, the artwork is a tangible and comforting way to keep their loved ones near them after they’ve passed away.
4. Shine a light
Something as simple as lighting a candle can be a powerful way to remember a loved one, especially when multiple people are involved in the lighting. People have long held candlelight vigils for someone who has passed away, but today, there’s a new type of candlelight remembrance that’s gaining steam.
5. Preserve your memories for eons to come
While the Internet and even outer space can be fitting venues to remember a loved one, other times call for a more down-to-earth memorial. Among the many creative “Forget Me Nots” featured in her book, one of Gilbert’s favorites is the “Family Fossil.” The author says she was inspired to create this artistic keepsake after seeing photos in National Geographic of fossil-like masses composed of melted plastic litter, sand, rock fragments and other debris. Gilbert shared the concept with a Hollywood prop artist, who was able to bring the Family Fossil to life.