Celebrate the Spirit of Your Loved One with Personalized Holiday Memorials

By: VGFS
Friday, December 8, 2023

Personalized holiday memorials create a special space for remembrance during the festive season.

As the holidays unfold, our thoughts naturally turn to the loved ones who, though absent, remain ever-present in our memories. During this poignant time of year, it can be helpful to create symbolic memorials and traditions that call to mind the departed.

Please read on to discover seven ideas for personalized holiday memorials that are sure to put warmth in your heart and a smile on your face.

holiday remembrance ornament

Make or Buy a Special Holiday Ornament

Personalized memorial ornaments are a wonderful way to remember deceased loved ones during the holiday season. You can choose from crystal, porcelain, or rustic wood memorial Christmas ornaments in a range of decorative options, such as secular, religious, wintry, etc.  The ornament you choose might reflect your special relationship or shared interests. If you’re the crafty type, you may decide to create your own ornament and include decorations of significance, photographs, or loving messages. Whether you select a pre-made ornament or create one yourself, it will be a sweet reminder of your loved one every time you decorate your tree.

Take a Sentimental Journey

The holiday season can be hectic, and traveling to a scenic destination is one great way to relieve the stress. Personalize your holiday travels by visiting a place that reminds you of the departed or trekking to a special spot that used to visit together. This annual visit can serve as a loving reminder of the happy memories you shared and of their continued presence in your heart and mind.

Light a Candle in their Honor

Special candles are a warm and comforting way to remember a lost loved one. To personalize it, choose a candle in your loved one’s favorite scent or adorn the taper with a picture, meaningful decorations, or a favorite poem or scripture verse. Light it during your holiday gatherings to encourage reflection and create an atmosphere of loving reverence.

Create a Holiday Photo Display

Since it’s the festive season, why not compile a special collage of photos from years gone by, capturing joyous holiday moments shared with your departed loved one. Display it prominently in your home during the yuletide season to serve as a reminder of all that they added to your life.

Prepare Their Favorite Holiday Dishes

As you prepare your holiday menus, be sure to include your loved one’s signature dishes. This could be a dinner recipe, a holiday treat, or even a breakfast item. When you serve up the delicacies, make a special toast in their honor and ask everyone at the table to share a favorite memory of the departed. Consider adding an extra place setting at your holiday table to symbolize your loved one’s presence in your heart.

Support a Meaningful Cause

Particularly during the holiday season, the act of doing something that mattered to your loved one can be a great comfort. There are many ways to accomplish this, whether it’s by donating food to a shelter, making a charitable donation in your loved one’s name, or volunteering your time at a service organization or place of worship. Make your effort more personal by reflecting on those things your loved one enjoyed most in life. For example, if they were an avid reader, you might purchase several copies of their favorite book and donate them to a library, school, or senior center.

Take Care of Yourself

The holidays can be a challenging time of year when a loved one has passed. While grief is a very personal process, make sure you are gentle with yourself and are taking care of your own needs. Follow smart self-care habits, get enough rest, eat properly, spend time in nature, and enjoy the company of your loved ones.

During the holidays, honoring your loved one's memory can be a wonderful source of comfort and healing. Embrace these personalized holiday memorials with an open heart and mind, allowing the spirit of your loved one to shine brightly throughout this special time of year.

We hope you found these touching memorial ideas helpful. If you need more personalized holiday remembrance ideas or wish to make funeral arrangements, our caring professionals are always here to assist you. Please contact us anytime. 

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African-American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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