9 Meaningful Ways To Honour The Passing Of A Loved One 

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Remembering those who have touched our lives is an important step in the grieving journey. Here is some inspiration for ways to honour, remember, and carry on the legacy of your loved one who has passed:

1. Make Their Favourite Meal

Hands cooking on a frying pan on a stovetop

One of the most cherished memories we often have of our loved ones is the food they cooked for us. Cooking their favourite meal is a great way to honour their memory and keep their spirit alive. It can also be a special way to remember them on birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.

2. Purchase a Memorial Bench or Tree

Memorial bench in Woodlawn Memorial Park

A memorial bench or tree is a beautiful way to honour your loved one’s memory. It provides a peaceful place to sit and reflect, surrounded by nature. If your loved one is resting at Woodlawn Memorial Park, reach out to our team to inquire about your memorial.

3. Give a Gift to a Non-Profit Close to Their Heart

Person typing on a computer giving donations

If your loved one was passionate about a particular cause or organization, donating to that non-profit in their name can be a wonderful way to honour their memory. Not only does it support a cause they cared about, but it also keeps their legacy alive.

Did you know that Woodlawn Memorial Park is also a non-profit organization? You can donate to our Arbour Fund which helps maintain our tree canopy, or a General Donation can be made to help with improvements and beautification of our Cemetery grounds. Click here to donate.

4. Learn a New Skill or Hobby That They Enjoyed

Older hands playing a piano

Did your loved one have a favourite hobby or skill? Learning something new can be a meaningful way to honour their memory. Whether it’s knitting, painting, or playing a musical instrument, continuing their legacy by pursuing something they loved can help keep their spirit alive.

5. Create a Memory Box or Scrapbook

Older woman looking at a box of memories

A memory box is a great way to memorialize someone and it can be filled with photographs, letters, and other mementos that remind you of the times you shared together. It’s also a beautiful way to preserve their memory for future generations.

6. Volunteer at a Charity in Their Name

Three people planting trees

If your loved one was passionate about helping others, volunteering in their name can be a powerful way to honour their memory. Choose a charity or organization that aligns with their values and spend some time giving back.

7. Plan a Celebration of Life

Family gathered around an outdoor table

A celebration of life focuses on the memories and joy your loved one brought into your life, and it is a meaningful way to come together with family and friends to honour their memory and share stories.

8. Keep Their Tradition Alive

Two people canoeing on a lake with trees in the background

Did your loved one have a special tradition or ritual they enjoyed? Keeping that tradition alive can be a powerful way to honour them. Whether it’s cooking a special meal or taking an annual trip, continuing their tradition can help you to feel closer to them.

9. Practice Self-Care

Woman with her hands on her heart meditating

Grief can feel overwhelming and all-consuming. Practicing self-care in memory of your loved one can be a way to honour their memory while taking care of yourself. Whether it’s going for a walk, practicing meditation, or taking a relaxing bath, it’s important to take care of your emotional well-being.

Honouring the memory of a loved one is a personal journey, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. We hope that these ideas provide you with some inspiration and comfort as you navigate life after loss.

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