People want to be remembered, no doubt about that. We want to be remembered by our family members, friends, and other people who are close to us. That’s we do a lot of memorable things while we are still alive. However, in some situations, this isn’t enough.
We aren’t all memorable people because most likely than not, most of the impact we make in our lives will be concentrated mostly on the people closest to us. We aren’t all made to be revolutionaries, intellectual geniuses, or great inventors. Many of us are family people who live mundane lives and are only remembered by those close to us. Thankfully, there are ways today that for us to be remembered, and one of these ways is through living memorials.
What are Living Memorials?
Living memorials are structures or projects that are made for your deceased loved ones. This can be done before their funeral, or it can be done well-after they are buried. They can do during their death anniversaries years after they have died as a way for them to be remembered by the later generations of your families.
Living memorials are usually done outdoors in your residential area. It may be in your backyard, or it can even be in your garden. These don’t need to be extravagant or something that stands out. Although you are free to make it whatever you want. However, most living memorials are modest in form because they are primarily meant to highlight the life of a deceased love one and not the memorial itself.
How to Make a Living Memorial
You can do make a living memorial with the help of your family members. One of the most well-known living memorial projects is memorial trees.
Doing a memorial tree is quite simple. Like most living memorials, this particular project is done outdoors. You don’t have to necessarily do this right in your backyard. You can do this living memorial out in a national park while hiking with your family. Some national parks incentivize people to plant trees within them, so these are the best locations for your memorial tree.
Additionally, this particular living memorial can be a part of an outreach event with your family members. It’s a fun and loving way to remember someone, and it’s an excellent activity to do with your loved ones. And whenever you miss this particular deceased loved one, you can always visit the memorial tree and be reminded of them.
Memorial Bird Feeder
A bird feeder is a beautiful addition to every garden. It brings in beautiful birds to visit your lovely garden. It also brings a sense of serenity to your home as they sing while they feed on your bird feeder. One way to elevate this is by making this particular structure to be a memorial.
A memorial bird feeder is a more creative way to create a living memorial for a deceased loved one. And it’s not that hard to make either! You can create a simple hut made of cedarwood, put a picture of your deceased loved one, engrave some messages or quotes they love, and put some bird feed in the small hut once in a while. You got yourself a memorial bird feeder. It’s a beautiful addition to any garden, and it’s meaningful in its own way.
A memorial wreath is one of the more personalized kinds of living memorials. Anyone can do it, and it’s simple and easy to do. You can also make this a fun family activity for everyone to join. You can tell them to collect any materials that remind them of your deceased loved one that they want to be on the wreath.
Memorial wreaths can be done from all kinds of materials. You can use twigs, flowers, or even dried leaves. You start by making your ring wreath. This can be formed from metal or maybe even a sturdy wooden stick. It’s usually 6 to 9 inches long, but you can choose to make it bigger than that. You then use this ring as a guide for your wreath. Once you have a ring for your wreath, you can start sticking and gluing all kinds of materials you want in your wreath. You can end by posting a beautiful note about your deceased loved one and their name. You can hang this wreath anywhere you want. You can even place it in your garden.
Living memorials are a great way to remember a deceased loved one for years to come. Some of these living memorials are great landscapes that have therapeutic benefits to some people. Additionally, some of these memorials can be for many deceased people like the victims of 9/11.
Some funeral services can help you create these living memorials for your loved ones. They might have their own offerings and designs for these memorials. Ultimately, they are the best candidates for creating memorable events for your deceased loved ones if you don’t have the time to do it yourself.