Memorial CandleIt is never easy to lose someone you love. Whether the passing was sudden or a long time coming, processing your grief can take time and effort. After a year or so has passed, you might feel it is time to honor the deceased in an appropriate manner. There are many different ways you can show respect for those who have gone. If you’re not sure what the best option is, look over some of these ideas.

A Simple Dinner

You don’t need to go to extremes in order to pay respects to someone who has passed away. In fact, a personal tribute is often the best way to go about this task. One simple way to get started is by planning a dinner on the anniversary of the person’s passing. However, if the person died in a tragic accident or similar scenario, it might be a better idea to host the event on the night of his or her birthday or other date of significance. Invite over close friends, cook the departed’s favorite meal, share stories and memories about the person, and pay your respects.

A Beautiful Memorial

While there are many different reasons some cultures bury their dead, a grave often provides an easy way to “visit” with the deceased. Of course, this is not possible when a person has decided to be cremated or opted for an alternative burial method. If this is the case for your loved one and you’re looking for a fitting tribute, a memorial might be a great investment. From park benches to bricks in pathways, there are many options for creating a simple memorial. The point is that you’ll have a place to visit the deceased whenever you’d like.

A Video Tribute

In the current day and age, there are countless ways to use tech to your advantage when honoring the departed. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by creating a video tribute. As long as you have videos and pictures of the deceased, creating a movie is very simple. In fact, you can easily download an app like iMovie onto your phone or tablet and use it to construct a fitting and emotional tribute in no time at all. You don’t even need to have any experience in media production or video editing. 

Creating a video is also a perfect excuse to bring together the friends and family of the departed. Send a message out to these individuals telling them of your plans to put together a short film. Request that everyone send you whatever pictures or videos they have by a specific date, and it can provide you with a ton of excellent footage to use in your project. Best of all, you can bring everyone together when the film has been completed and view it as a group.

A Quiet Reflection

Honoring the dead does not have to be a public affair. When you shared a very special bond, you might want to pay tribute to your relationship in a similar way. If you used to take walks together in the park, for example, then this is a wonderful activity to consider to connect. Make the experience as personal as possible, and your quiet reflection on how this person impacted your life will be a touching experience that helps you mourn in an appropriate way.

While it might be difficult to lose a loved one, there are a number of simple and effective options for how you can pay your respects to the deceased. Create a plan that properly captures the person’s spirit, and see how this type of memorial can provide you with some comfort.

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