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15 Unique Ways to Honour the Memory of a Loved One Lost

Published: October 31, 2018

15 Unique Ways to Honour the Memory of a Loved One Lost

Every year, Canadians share a moment of silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, November 11, to honour the brave men and women who served our country with great courage. It is a day to commemorate the lives of loved ones lost; to share stories and remember.

Whether you choose to honour your loved ones with quiet contemplation, time spent with family, or a special remembrance celebration with friends, their spirit lives on through us always.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed, here are 15 ideas to choose from.

  1. Complete an item off their bucket list -- or off your bucket list in their honour.
  2. Dedicate an ornament, piece of artwork, poem, or decorative item in your home to them.
  3. Make a keepsake quilt or memory teddy bear out of their favourite clothing.
  4. Plant an engraved stone in your garden with their name or a favourite quote.
  5. Sponsor a local trophy or annual scholarship in their name.
  6. Dedicate a memorial bench at their favourite place: the waterfront, a park, a garden, a golf course, a community centre, your backyard.
  7. Look at old photos or videos and put together a scrapbook of their life.
  8. Donate to a cause that was close to their heart.
  9. Plant a tree. Every year when the tree blossoms, it will symbolize a celebration of their life.
  10. Celebrate all their favourite things: cook their favourite meal, play their favourite song, sip their favourite drink, watch their favourite movie, and remember.
  11. Have a small portion of their ashes converted into memorial jewellery.
  12. Volunteer at a charity or with a local cause that was important to them or that they were involved with.
  13. Make a keepsake box filled with things that remind you of them.
  14. Get a memorial tattoo of a symbol or saying that reminds you of your loved one.
  15. Have a re-commitment to family ceremony where you can share special moments, recount your loved one’s favourite sayings, listen to their favourite songs and just be there for one another.

Whichever tribute you choose, remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed. Choose something that is most meaningful to you


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