Losing a loved one is a difficult experience for the family and friends
left behind. After a death, finding ways to honor and memorialize the
deceased allows their memory and their values to live on. There are many ways to
memorialize a loved one, from holding a traditional funeral service to finding creative ways to
share your most cherished memories with those who are also grieving.
Write an Elegy
An elegy is a reflective poem written to express love and grief after a death.
Writing an elegy allows friends and family members to put their feelings of sadness and
loss into words without the need to tell a story or create a public speech.
You can choose to share your elegy at your loved one’s funeral service,
or simply keep your writing private as a personal form of grief and remembrance.ele
Donate to a Charity or Cause
Donating time, money, or materials to a charity or cause that your loved
one supported is a wonderful way to honor his values and goals. Many families
opt to include information about donations to charitable causes in lieu
of flowers in their loved one’s obituary. This option allows mourners
to memorialize the deceased in a personal, positive, and lasting way.
Create a Scrapbook
Scrapbooking allows family and friends to work together in the creation
of a tangible reflection of their loved one’s life and accomplishments.
Creating a scrapbook can bring those grieving closer together by allowing
them to share memories as a group. You can undertake this project on your
own, or seek the assistance of your funeral home to create a memorial
tribute to share during or after the funeral.
At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, our funeral home staff can help you memorialize
the values, accomplishments, and personality of your loved one. Our
funeral services in Hayward include cemetery burial and cremation services, as well as
veteran’s honors, personalized memorials, and signature services.
Please visit our website to learn more, or reach out to us by phone at
(510) 398-6922 for caring and compassionate professional assistance.